My wife and I were a little apprehensive about our dance weekend (we were seriously in the beginner category!) but the whole experience was amazing from start to finish. The venue was magnificent, the DONAHEYS team were brilliant, with the whole thing organised to run like a Swiss watch. The teachers were great and all the lessons were delivered with enthusiasm and patience to a group of people who occasionally struggle to remember left and right, and as for the showcases, there is nothing to say except WOW! They had to be seen to be believed. Thank you so much Paul, Shirley and Amy, and the whole team. We are booked in for a local dance lesson tomorrow, so we've well and truly caught the bug to move from armchair dance fans to enthusiastic amateurs! We will definitely be returning to a DONAHEYS weekend again in the future.
10:16 13 Jul 19
First time we have attended this event run by the Donahey’s team, have to say it was not what we expected. The show dances alone was worth the cost, spectacular performances from every dancer.The accommodation and meals provided at Celtic Manor was also first class. Our room was good, plenty big enough and clean.Special mention goes to Paul, Shirley and all of the Donahey’s team, who assisted our “beginners”group throughout the workshops and in the evening when you ventured out onto the dance floor, providing advice and demonstrating the steps you had been taught earlier but had forgotten!Wonderful weekend, full on, we have booked again for next year.We have also been inspired to seek out a local dance club to continue dancing.
07:41 11 Jul 19
This is our third year with Paul and the team and the weekends just get better every time! Celtic Manor was the most wonderful venue to stage such a great experience. The team are always well organised and welcoming. We moved up to ‘blue bands’ this time so we’re a little bit nervous but we had absolutely no need to be. Each workshop was tailored perfectly. The Strictly stars were of course fantastic in their workshops and showcases but all the workshops are.We have already booked for next year and look forward to it immensely- we’ll done team and thank you all so much - again!
05:05 10 Jul 19
We have just returned from a lovely weekend at the Celtic Manor. We met up with several couples from our local dance school with differing levels of experience. The Friday evening started with a lovely meal followed by a waltz workshop with Anton and Erin, a very nice routine. Saturdays highlight was a workshop with Neil and Katya, a bonkers cha cha routine we loved. The evenings show dance finished with everyone on the dance floor with them both doing Gangnam Style, wow.Oti was tasked with a rumba workshop. This is one dance where technique is so important. This was very well demonstrated and one of my favourites to dance. Janette and Aljaz took a slightly different angle with their slow foxtrot workshop. Plenty of technique in a useful routine. This was great to see, slow foxtrot requires a smooth style and the couples all looking fabulous at the end of it. The following show dance was brilliant with a great mix of styles. A special mention to the pro dancers Argo Oblikas & Alessia D’Orazi helping in the workshops. They were brilliant, I even had a little cha cha with Alessia which was really helpful. I would highly recommend this weekend for beginners in particular as it gives a good introduction to ballroom dancing with workshops and shows, and the chance to see the Strictly stars too. It's a hard working team too that make it a very fun weekend.
16:44 09 Jul 19
I went to three weekends this summer. That shows just how enjoyable Dancing With The Stars is. Would go more often if there were more weekends available. Have already booked next year.
16:41 09 Jul 19
What another fantastic weekend at Celtic the Donaheys are really fabulous nothing is too much trouble it was our second visit there and we have already booked for next year at Windsor I would like to say a big thank you to Paul and the family and in particular Tracy from the team she was fantastic to me can't wait for March keep dancing x
19:04 08 Jul 19
4* & 5* Weekend Breaks
Donahey’s offer fabulous UK Weekend Breaks starring the Professional Dancers seen on Strictly Come Dancing. If your dream has always been to meet & learn to dance with your favourite Strictly Come Dancing stars or see them perform up close and personal, Donahey’s UK Dance Holidays are for you.
Donahey’s 2020 Dancing With The Stars Weekends offer you the chance to enjoy fabulous dance classes with the stars of TV, stunning dance showcases up close & personal, plus you’ll hear all about the stars Strictly experiences – all in stunning 4 & 5 star locations across the UK.
When you invest in dance lessons with Donaheys you are getting the benefit of up to 50 years of experience, you are taught in a friendly and fun atmosphere and you meet lovely like-minded people. If you enjoy dancing you cannot fail to be hooked after the first lesson. Each set of dances are tailored to your ability to help you feel a part of the Donaheys family. My wife and I took it up over 5 years ago and are still enjoying every lesson. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!
Am still talking about our 2nd year running brilliant Dancing with the Stars weekend in Windsor having returned from The Beaumont Estate last weekend. Such an enjoyable and well organised event thanks to the great and very hard working Donahey’s team. It all runs like clockwork! Such a privilege to be taught by the Strictly stars, USA national ballroom champions, Maria and Leandro and of course Donahey’s Tony Bennett!!The shows were amazing and so lovely to watch so close from the edge of the ballroom! Loved it! As Anton said..... “ is the BEST dance weekend!! “ Thank you.
We have just returned from an amazing weekend Dancing with the Stars at De Vere Beaumont Estate in Windsor. The classes were brilliant and the showcases from all the professionals were out of this world, to see them dance up close in that way was fantastic. Paul and the team were great and looked after everyone really well, it was so well organised from beginning to end. We can't wait to do it all again next year at Celtic Manor. Thank you so much Donaheys!
What a wonderful, fun packed, and exhilarating weekend! It was full on - we didn't stop, but enjoyed every minute - would highly recommend - so much so we have re-booked for next year - a magical weekend whatever your dance level/ability - thank you
1st time with Donaheys well what can we say just - WOW what a fabulous weekend of dance, workshops especially with the strictly stars and plus all the amazing shows.What ever level of dancer you are you will have an amazing time.It's so well organised so friendly, GO ON GIVE IN A GO.Thank you to Donaheys and all the helpers for a wonderful weekend.We will be back.Annette & Roger
An amazing dancing with the stars weekend. Superb organisation, brilliant workshops and breathtaking showcases. Everything was so enjoyable. For anyone who loves dance they need to experience a Donaheys weekend. Thank you to the whole team
We absolutely loved our weekend with Donaheys, the staff, the hotel, the celebrities and our table friends were all fabulous, and although I concede I am clearly not a natural ballroom dancer, we have had a real blast, Thank You to all x
Celtic Manor ‘Dancing with the stars’ weekend was a blast from start to finish. All the lessons were amazing, although there was so much to take in we were glad to pay for the videos which were available by the evening to remind us of the steps we learned earlier. We enjoyed everything. It was all perfect and excellent value for money. Can’t wait to go again next year!
Back from our first Donaheys Dancing With The Stars weekend at Celtic Manor. What can I say, the event was awesome from the workshops with the Strictly stars to the incredible showcase dances. We have some new dance routines which is brilliant. The location, the organisation, the teachers, the ballroom, the big band.... everything was first class. Neil & Katya Jones’ jive routine I really enjoyed but that said, they were all great fun... and We just had to book up again for next year. Thanks Donaheys for a truly superb weekend
Wow - just Wow. What a fabulous weekend mum and I have just had. Donaheys dancing with the stars weekend at the Celtic Manor was a making memories / once in a lifetime experience. It was lovely, well organised and unforgettable..... All abilities and ages were catered for and it didn’t matter if you were able to take part or just sit and enjoy - I only hope I can make it to another one before too long. Well done to all of the team who are exceptionally welcoming and helpful..... it’s definitely a 10 from me !
Fantastic weekend at Celtic Manor - great workshops with the stars and experts, fab dance floor to try a few things out plus a practice floor. AMAZING organisation and the Show dances were fab- just kept getting better each day.
We have just had the most amazing weekend at the Celtic Manor in Newport.From arrival on Friday to check out on Sunday we enjoyed every moment.Hotel fabulous.. workshops very enjoyable.. and the evening dance and showcase dancing was breathtaking. Very well organised.. Thank you Donaheys dance school.. we will return soon xx
Well what can I say, what a fabulous weekend from start to finish, All Donahays team work so hard to make it a good weekend for us and The Celtic Manor is a beautiful place with very friendly staff, it really is a brilliant weekend! see u all next year keep dancing! 💃😁👍😘
We have just arrived home after a weekend with the stars at Celtic Manor Resort. Was our first time and as absolute beginners. Such an amazing few days. Everybody was so friendly and helpful.. The lessons with the professionals were good fun, and the interaction was fab. The showcases were stunning, one particular dance had me in tears. was fantastic to see the dancing so close up. We enjoyed putting our new found routines to practise on the dance floor both Friday and Saturday evening, especially Saturday at The Ball. Dancing to a live band was amazing. We did not want to come home on the Sunday. We have rebooked for next year at Windsor as closer to home. Great job Donaheys. No doubt our friends will be sick of us raving about this weekend but I cannot recommend it enough. FAB-U-LOUS DARLING. X
My daughter gave me the weekend as a Christmas present, we came together to Celtic Manor venue. WOW, what a fabulous event! The whole weekend from beginning to end was amazing. Donaheys really know how to provide a professional service, they combined friendly, helpful staff with a well run event.The dance classes with the professional dancers were just simply amazing and have inspired us to carry on learning. Then to the showcases! They were breathtaking! We loved them, to be so close to the dance was very special.I would highly recommend this event, the memory will be with us forever. Sadly we are unable to make it next year but hope to return in 2021. It just remains to say a huge thank you to all involved in the event to make it so well run and enjoyable for everyone. Donaheys you are FAB U LOUS!’
We have just returned from a fabulous weekend at The exemplary Celtic Manor Resort where we had a wonderful experience of dancing with professionals and stars. Everything was perfect! The showcases were amazing and it was as if they were dancing just for us. The whole weekend felt intimate and personal and we were made to feel welcome and part of the Donahey’s family.
We’ve just attended our first “Dancing with the Stars” weekends at Celtic Manor. First class! The classes were all excellent, but the Argentine Tango lessons were absolutely superb. As complete beginners we were taught the basics by Maria and Leando who are both amazing tango dancers and brilliant teachers. The ballroom was splendid and the dances in the evening were great fun for beginners and experienced dancers. The showcase dances were world class. Words can’t really describe quite how fabulous they all were. Spectacular, sensational don’t begin to describe them.Donaheys certainly know how to put on a show and my goodness they absolutely triumphed.Thank you to everyone who helped make this a truly memorable experience.
A perfect weekend brought together by an amazing team ... tuition in different dance genres by lovely people ... workshops, dance showcases, social dancing, meeting new people was all amazing .... bring on next year 😜😜
Donaheys always put on such an amazing weekend! My mum and I have been doing this for 4 years now and have booked again for next year! We have such a good time! All the strictly workshops are just fantastic and the showcases in the evening are even better! So if there’s anyone who is wanting to learn to dance then I would highly recommend Donahey’s!
Two weeks on from the Dancing with the Stars weekend at Alton Towers... As first timers we didn't know what to expect, but the Donaheys team and the Alton Towers staff made for one smooth operation which soon put us at ease. We had a fantastic weekend! Well-run workshops gave us plenty to work on; showcase dances showed us how it should be done. Enjoyed it so much we've booked again for next year.Paul, Amy, Shirley: thank you!
Karen and I have just come back from our sixth (or seventh) weekend at Alton Towers. The Donaheys team look after their guests magnificently and ensure yhey get the best stay they can. The workshops are professionally presented and the showcase dancing is superb.The championship dance floor is also a major attraction I would not hesitate to recommend these weekends to both dancers and lovers of dance - you will not be disappointed.
Just back from the Alton Towers Dancing With The Stars weekend, completely blown away! One of the best times ever, superbly organised. Great tuition not only from the Strictly stars, but also Warren & Kristi and the unforgettable Tony Bennett, and what a bonus to have the tuition videos. Only problem is I now get strange looks in Sainsbury's, promenading or whisking down the aisle with the trolley! See you all again next year 😊😊😊
I have just returned from the Dancing with the Stars weekend at Alton Towers Hotel. From the minute we arrived at the hotel on Friday lunchtime, until we left at 3 p.m. today, the event ran like clockwork. The organisation was spot on, we all knew exactly where we needed to be and at what time, we were split into 3 groups, beginners, intermediate and advanced dancers, and each group had lessons with the Strictly stars - Karen and Gorka, Janette and Aljaz, Luba and Giovanni. We also had a lesson with Warren and Kristi Boyce, who are championship dancers. We also had Showcases from the Strictly stars, Warren & Kristi, and also from two up and coming couples of the future. A black tie ball on Saturday night was for me the best, as I love Janette and Aljaz. The fact that the Strictly dancers also did question and answer sessions, which were hilarious, really made the weekend special. Such an amazing weekend, and as two complete novices we enjoyed every single second of it, so much so that we have booked to go back next year! Well done Donaheys, and thank you to you and all your amazing staff for a weekend we will never forget!
After just watching the first night of this year's Strictly I can't recommend highly enough Donaheys Dancing with the Stars experience. if you love Strictly you will LOVE this weekend of dancing, fun, glamour and laughter!!! Go book it now!!! ❤ 💃🕺 xx
Just returned from a fantastic weekend of dancing at Beaumont. The whole weekend was extremely well organised by the Donahey family. The workshops were amazing, to be taught by your favourite Strictly stars is really something special! The showcase dances are just wonderful to watch. A fabulous weekend, we have already booked to return next year!
Just got back from a weekend of dancing with the stars from Strictly with Donaheys.at Alton Towers. Everything about the organisation by Donaheys was faultless, cannot say the same about the Alton Towers Hotel itself, but Donaheys I would highly recommend. The dance workshops by the stars themselves were excellent, and I think I can take to the dance floor myself now. The performance by the professional dancers were outstanding. Booked to go again next year, this time trying the hotel in Windsor. The other option is Celtic Manor which you will find is excellent, but is just five minutes up the road for us. Give it a whirl, you will not regret it.
My friends and I had a fabulous weekend at Alton Towers Donaheys Dancing with the Stars last weekend, all the staff were amazing and helpful, dance classes were fabulous with the professional dancers and Tony Bennett. The shows were fantastic. Would definitely recommend and thanks so much for giving us a great weekend to remember, 💃🕺Jean xx 😘
Whether you are into Latin or Ballroom dancing, attending a Donaheys Dancing With The Stars Weekend is an absolute must! During the course of each weekend, which runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, you will get to see showcases performed by Stars from Strictly Come Dancing, attend classes delivered by the Stars themselves, and have great fun social dancing on an amazing dancefloor (which, on the Saturday night, will be to the live sounds of a big band). For the weekend's classes, each dancer is placed into one of three groups, depending on their dance experience. This allows instruction to be delivered at levels suited from beginner through to advanced. So, no-one will feel out-of-depth, but at the same time, all will be challenged. Throughout the weekend, the large contingent of friendly Donaheys staff are constantly on-hand to help, and always with a smile. Once the weekend comes to an end, and you start to depart the luxurious hotel that hosts the event, you will feel like you are leaving your (new) family. The Donaheys Dancing With The Start Weekends are a definite highlight to my year! I truly can not recommend them, nor the Donaheys staff and the regional regular dance lessons they run, highly enough. (In June of 2017 I attended the Chesford Grange weekend. In March of this year, 2018, I attended the Alton Towers weekend. I very much look forward to attending at least one of their weekends in each coming year)
The Dancing with the Stars Weekend at Windsor organised by Shirley, Paul and Amy truly exceeded my expectations! It was a fantastic experience dancing with the Strictly Professionals and of course the talented Donahays team too! Wall to wall quality, very well organised, great fun and highly recommended. So much so that I have already booked for Celtic Manor in May 2018.
Just come back from our 1st dance weekend, it was fantastic. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone wether you can dance or would like to learn. Everything is explained and easy to pick up, we've booked again for next year �
Just come back from Windsor weekend. It was absolutely fabulous. We really enjoyed all of teaching workshops. The showcases were spectacular. The Donaheys team were really professional & helpful. Can't wait to go again.......we highly recommend it & whether you have danced before or not, you will love it !
Very first time at Donahays best weekend we've had recomend to anyone 5*all the way classes were brilliant even got to partner Kevin Clifton made my year looking forward to next year much appreciation to you all
We are now well into double figures for attending these events and cannot recommend them highly enough. The showcases are exhilarating and moving and it's even more impressive seeing them perform in person than on TV. The workshops are excellent, and all the professionals convey great advice on style and technique in a clear, positive but above all fun way!Excellent organisation throughout the weekend too. All in all, a fabulous weekend for anyone who enjoys dancing!
First visit to a Donaheys dance weekend. My friend and I had the most amazing time. The event was run very professionally with fantastic teachers, routines and music but most of all everyone was so friendly and helpful. We have met new friends too. Have already booked for next year! See you then x
This was a new experience for us and we loved it so much we've booked again. The weekend gave us lots of laughs, we have learnt alot and we were confident enough to join in on the dance floor. The workshops were fun and suitable for our ability. The demonstrations were beautiful. We are inspired and encouraged to keep dancing. Thank you for a great weekend we look forward to doing it again.
We've been on a number of Donaheys dance weekends and all have been fantastic. Well run, great workshops and fabulous showcases from all dancers. this last weekend at Chesford Grange was absolutely brilliant, loved all the routines and hope to use them all when I get back to dance class. I particularly loved learning some more Argentine Tango which we don't learn at home. Leandro and Maria make it so easy to pick up. Finishing off with the jive was great fun, learning some kicks which we don't do often was brilliant! Thanks again for a great weekend and can't wait for our next one at Celtic Manor next year. X
We have now been to 5 Weekends with Donaheys, just returned from Chesford Grange in Warwickshire and it was the best ever. The organisation and attendance to detail is always good from the whole team, but the workshops and the routines taught were tremendous. To have these wonderful and amazing dancers performing their showcases on the floor right next to you, rather than on a remote stage, is something so special it needs to be seen rather than explained. Thank you Donaheys
What an amazing weekend we had at Warwick. As always Paul, Shirley and the team make you feel so welcome. From the hotel, lessons, showcases and big band on the Saturday night it was superb. So nice to meet up with friends from previous years and make some new friends. Anyone thinking of booking a weekend, go ahead and do it you won't regret it. Thank you Donaheys team for another outstanding weekend. ������
This was our first time at a Donahey's Dancing with the Stars Weekend, and what a FAB-U-LOUS weekend it turned out to be. The dance classes with the Strictly Stars were brilliant, up close and very engaging. The facilities and professional management of the event ensured everything worked smoothly. We returned home exhilarated and uplifted - if not a little exhausted!!If you love your dancing, and if you love Strictly, this is a must. The showcase dance routines given by the stars are out of this world and will tug at your emotions. Taken as a whole, this is an excellent value for money package. It's clear to see why so many people return year upon year - we booked our 2018 event before we left on Sunday!Thanks Paul and to all your team for a memorable weekend and we look forward to seeing you at Celtic Manor next year!!
We returned to the Donahey's Warwickshire Dancng with the Stars event this year and had the most amazing time. We really enjoyed the warm welcome from the team, the great hotel staff and their 'can do' attitude and of course, the dance workshops with the professionals from STRICTLY. A big 'thank you' to the Tony Bennett for his patience and great skill in helping us during his Rumba and Tango workshopsThe absolute highlight of our weekend though was our time with the incredible Leandro & Maria in their Argentine Tango workshop - so emotional - we were completely in love with them and this dance. What a connection these two lovely people have with each other - truly inspirational. Thank you to Paul and his team for yet another great event
We recently went to the Anton & Erin break in Ashton Under Lyne. This was our first experience of Donahey's and eveything was Fantastic. Nothing I could fault at all. In fact we enjoyed it so much, we have booked again with some other friends to go to their new venue, Celtic Manor, next year. Can't wait.Thanks Paul and Amy.
If you love dancing, you will love Donahey's Dancing with the Stars weekends. A brilliant weekend, spectacular showcases from the strictly stars and all the classes are wonderfully tailored to suit your particular level. Paul, Amy, Shirley and thier team are super friendly and just want you to have a great time. From the moment you arrive a full on fabulous experience!
Learning ballroom dancing at Donaheys is hands down the best thing we've done this year. Only wish we'd gone sooner! Fantastic classes structured in a way to get the best out of everyone. Fun, friendly atmosphere, I look forward to my Monday nights every week!
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Donahey’s Dance School have been teaching children and adults to dance for over 50 years.
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