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The Donahey's Dancing With The Stars Weekends are Fab-U-Lous.The organisation is second to none, every little detail has been thought of and the Donahey's staff do everything to make your weekend enjoyable.Seven hours of dance workshops with Top Class teachers (including the Strictly Stars). Plenty of time to practise and then Dancing through the night in the Stateroom Ballroom.The Show Dances from The Strictly Stars and the other Professionals are worth it on their own.We've already booked next year and looking forward to itTrevor & Brenda
12:58 12 Mar 20
The whole weekend was amazing from start to finish. The organisation is superb and the people are all so friendly. When you break down what you get it really is value for money. This is an event to look forward to year after year.
Kerry Garner (Oldfleet)
18:06 11 Mar 20
Just back from a stunning weekend at Alton Towers Dancing with the Stars! The whole experience was fabulous from start to finish. The communication from Donaheys before, during and after the event was good. The organisation of the workshops was superb...we were in the improvers group ...each one pitched perfectly for the ability level and the teaching was great. Obviously the Strictly stars were lovely as expected, but also the world champions and the Donaheys staff were terrific. We have fallen in love again with Argentine Tango particularly. The showcase dances were spectacular every time, breathtaking performances in a cabaret setting. The Donaheys team were always on hand to offer support and guidance both on and off the dance floor and the hotel staff were friendly and accommodating. We loved dancing to the band on Saturday night!By the end of the weekend we were exhausted....in a good way! Thank heavens for the on line workshop reminders, as we did so much our recollection of all the steps is a bit hazy! We needed no nudging to book again for next year before we left. Many thanks and best wishes to all the team.
14:48 11 Mar 20
Just back from a FAB-U-LOUS weekend at Alton Towers Resort Hotel.Is the first time we have ever been to an event like this, infact, its the first time my other half and I have ever danced!Everything was organised to a tee, the workshops, the showcases and the evening events.The Donaheys staff were on hand throughout the weekend to assist in anyway and they were so helpful and not at all judgemental as we had never danced a steep before!The only fault in the whole weekend, and it is NOT related to Donaheys. We the lighting in the bedrooms and bathrooms. It was so incredibly dim that it was a struggle to put make up on! Not sure how anyone would manage if they had to take medication. But, this was NOT a fault on Donaheys and it didn't stop us from having an amazing weekend.
13:01 11 Mar 20
First time here, what an absolutely fantastic amazing weekend, Melanie & I loved it... and our first time having dance lessons!!! If you love dancing you will love these weekends!!!Everyone is so friendly & helpful. We have already booked for next year, fingers crossed as better dancers. Xx
14:23 10 Mar 20
10:47 03 May 19
A huge Thank You to Paul and the whole Donaheys team. Just back from an amazing experience at Celtic Manor. The organisation, the workshops and the showcase evenings where truly spectacular. We enjoyed every minute. The hotel and staff are first class.All the strictly stars, professionals and experienced teachers made the workshops interesting, challenging and fun. we came away with new steps from each of them. Already booked for next year. The weekend is good value for money, and worth every penny. We enjoyed it so much we extended our stay. You have a fantastic team working with you. Well done to all of them and again THANK YOU.
19:39 02 May 19
Brilliant weekend yet again. So good I had already booked to go back twice this year. Atmosphere, lessons and the show dances by Strictly stars are outstanding. Already booked again for next year.
07:34 01 May 19
Another fabulous Donahey's Dancing with the Stars weekend. The Workshops led by the Strictly Stars and Championship dancers were entertaining and informative and the showcases were amazing. We attended Alton Towers last year, which we enjoyed tremendously, but this was our first time at the Celtic Manor and have to say that this venue, food and staff were all first rate. The hotel was easy to navigate and nothing was too much trouble. The Donahey's team are so friendly and helpful. Our weekend was superb and was well worth the outlay and journey. We would like to say a very big "thank you" to Paul and his team for all the hard work before and during the weekend to create a smooth running and enjoyable event. Just need to keep practicing all the new steps we have been taught. Congratulations on another excellent weekend. See you all next year!! Colin & Maureen Barker
15:34 30 Apr 19
This was a truly spectacular weekend.Donaheys and Alton Towers were extremely organised and everything ran smoothly.The dance classes were excellent (though we struggled with the Argentine Tango).Dancing with the Strictly Stars was amazing. All of the stars were so friendly and excellent teachers.However, a special shout out is required for Tony Bennett who took the Samba and Tango classes. What a fabulous teacher. I would pay for a weekend of lessons just with him.The three shows were breathtaking. The price paid for the weekend would be worth it for the shows alone.The weekend was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend to dancers of any level.Thanks to Donaheys!
18:27 18 Mar 19
This was our 4th Donaheys weekend and the 3rd atthe Alton Towers resort.Over the years we have been fortunate to have been to some excellent workshops, but this has to be the best year yet.Equally, we’ve previously been able to provide some constructive feedback for the resort, but NOT THIS YEAR. Truly excellent all round.Alton Towers staff very professional on check in and in the restaurant. Check out was seamless, just dropping off the room keys.Car park better marked out.Food in the restaurant even better than previous years. ALWAYS had gluten free options available.7 dance classes over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, in 2 ballrooms with the large ballroom having a truly excellent floor.3 shows (2 evening and 1 on Sunday lunch). Friday night’ show was superb, as was Sunday’s, but Saturday night’s was worth the money alone. Truly outstanding.So hats off to all involved.Already booked for next year.
18:12 16 Mar 19
Another brilliant weekend. Well done all. Can't wait for next year, already looking at new dresses. What can I say - brilliant lessons, meeting the stars from Strictly, dancing the night away on the best dance floor ever - add to that a big band, friendly helpful staff and a nice venue - what else could you want from a weekend. Oh, to remember what you have learnt - that's covered too with videos. We appreciate all your hard work that goes into making these weekends so special. Thank you.
21:17 15 Mar 19
Our 11th time being part of Donaheys amazing dance weekends. We introduced 4 new people who all had a fab time & have already booked again for next year! We can’t recommend these weekends enough for anyone who loves dance, be it doing the workshops or simply watching the incredible shows. We shall be back in April at Celtic manor & are already counting the days. Thank you Paul, Amy, Shirley & all the team.Kay & Sean Escott
13:29 15 Mar 19
Fantastic weekend and so much value for your money. Very high standard of workshops and feel so privileged to be taught by three wonderful Strictly couples and see their fabulous demonstration dances.
13:09 15 Mar 19
As relative newcomers to ballroom dancing we weren't sure what to expect, but we shouldn't have worried. Donaheys gave us a fabulous weekend. The professionalism of the event was outstanding, from pre-information, joining instructions and weekend programme, super all round. All the lessons, and there's lots of them, were fun and within our ability and the showcase dances by the professionals made the evenings a "real night out". The hotel was everything that you would expect and were well looked after in terms of food and service. In fact it was all so good that we rebooked, before we left, to go to Celtic Manor next year.John and Caroline
12:55 15 Mar 19
Fab-u-lous!We have just returned from the Dancing with the Stars weekend at Alton Towers Hotel. What an amazing weekend it was, and the organisation was just incredible! Everything runs like a well oiled machine, but at no time do you feel pressured to go to a dance workshop, you can take things at your own pace and attend as many or as few as you like! As avid Strictly fans, my husand and myself had never danced before, so we were in the beginners class. Excellent way to start a dance journey, and to also be taught by the Strictly Stars, Karen and Gorka on Friday, the Cha Cha Cha, Aljaz and Janette on Saturday, the Waltz, and Giovanni and Luba on Sunday, the Jive was truly great fun and they are excellent teachers. We were also taught the Quick Step on Saturday by Warren and Kristi Boyce, the most amazing dancers and teachers! The showcase dances performed by all of the Professionals left us in tears of joy, made us laugh, and we were in awe of their energy - if only! We also had the privelige of seeing some up and coming dancers of the future, Amy and Sasha, Mark and Ilenka, who were an absolute credit to the profession. What an amazing weekend it was, Donaheys you deserve 10 stars for one of the best events we've ever attended in the many years we have been going to entertainment events! Thank you and Keep Dancing! Just had our first weekend at Alton Towers, we had a brilliant time, really well organised. The social dancing was great fun, and being up close with the dancers was amazing. There are two things I would change/review , 1) the food at dinner wasn’t great, and there is no excuse for a hotel to serve food on cold plates. This is not Donaheys fault, but worth mentioning. 2) The red carpet photo call is just a photo opportunity, due to time constraints etc, there isn’t the ability to have any individual photos. But make sure you get to the red carpet on the Saturday black tie ball as they look amazing.We’ve booked again for next year and can’t wait ! This weekend has encouraged us to join a Dance School, hopefully next year we may be wearing blue wristbands! 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)
17:41 12 Mar 18
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. We had the best weekend! We were complete beginners who were made to feel so welcome by all the team - fantastic sessions from all the pros and team of experts. The shows were amazing - everyone so personable. Thank you so much - cannot recommend highly enough!
19:29 13 Jul 17
Its difficult to find enough superlatives to describe these amazing weekends. We have just attended our 8th, and it was as fabulous as ever. The Donaheys team are so welcoming & helpful, the workshops great fun & informative and the evening shows are breathtaking. We are once again already booked on 2 for next year & already looking forward to them both. We Cant recommend them highly enough. Thanks to all involved
13:21 22 Jun 17
Another fantastic weekend with Donaheys at Chesford Grange.To see the showcase dances from the edge of the dance floor is amazing.The dance lessons from the Strictly Stars and Donaheys staff are really enjoyable.Well worth a visit for those who want to dance, and those who just want to watch...
13:12 20 Jun 17
Best. Weekend. Ever. The organisation and staff are just superb. The work shops are so enjoyable and then the show cases in the evening round of a fantastic day. Highly recommended if you love dancing/Strictly! Many thanks for the last 6 years of fun filled Donaheys dancing with the stars weekends. Great work shops. Fabulous show cases. Well organised professional events. Already booked and looking forward to year 7 next year.thank you shirley paul amy and team. Enid and Brenda.
08:54 11 Jun 17
Absolutely fantastic weekend on the Strictly weekend dance break in Manchester. So well organised.
18:07 16 May 17
Probably the Rolls Royce of weekend dance breaks. Intensive learning combined with a great ballroom experience alongside fellow minded intermediates and improvers. Whoever your particular Strictly Stars are, be in no doubt that Warren and Kristi are the real gems here. Scintillating !Can't thank Paul and the team enough. Top Marks
15:10 13 May 17
Thank you Donahey's for another fabulous, well-organised and fun weekend. First class, friendly tuition from the Strictly stars and Donahey's team encourages everyone, including beginners, to get up on the dance floor and give it a go. The professionals' show dances were truly amazing and seeing their skills at such close quarters was a real treat.Richard & Rosemary
20:28 10 May 17
We have been on at least 5 Dance Weekends and enjoyed them all. The workshops from the Strictly Pros and the Donahey's teachers are excellent and great fun. The showcases from the Pros in the evenings are spectacular. To be able to see them dance close up is a real treat. If you love your dancing then this is a weekend well worth the money.
09:32 10 May 17
Dancing with the stars. Wow! What a Wonderful Weekend!This was our second time and seems even better. The organisation is brilliant. The professional dancers are amazing and make the workshops a joy.This is an experience not to be missed.
09:45 07 May 17
Was bought this experience for Christmas and I can honestly say this has got too of been the best present EVER!!I was absolutely blown away by the whole weekend, the lessons, the staff and the professional dancers.The strictly dancers are just wonderful and put on an absolutely fantastic show.As a non dancer I was given time and help with the lessons and each teacher was lovely, I can't fault anything.The location was lovely and the Hotel was an extremely nice place to stay, the room was lovely and modern.I had a wonderful time and will be returning in 2018.Well done and thank you for an experience I will never forget and may quite possibly become a repeat returner!!!
19:52 04 May 17
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Just got back from the Alton Towers weekend away. We had a fabulous time and couldn’t speak more highly of Donaheys. It was the most memorable weekend dancing with and watching the stars of Strictly. Alton Towers was a great location and Donaheys had transformed it into a dancing wonderland. We enjoy attending the Donahey’s dancing school and the weekend took our dancing expectations to new heights. Thanks to the Donahey’s team. I love to dance despite never having had a dance lesson. I was super excited therefore to receive a 'Dancing with the Stars' gift at Christmas and the whole experience was joyous from start to finish!!
The event weekend ran like clockwork, with the Alton Towers hotel staff and Donaheys staff providing exceptional service to make our experience one we will never forget!
Our thanks to everyone that made our weekend happen including all the staff, the stars and not forgetting the wonderful friends we made that we laughed and danced along with!
It's a 10 from Mel & Lyndon - see you next year 😘
The precise organisation. Everything about the weekend tuned to perfection. Great teaching, friendly team. Best weekend ever! Thanks once again to all the Donaheys team for organising another fantastic dance weekend break at the Alton Towers Hotel. We learnt some great new moves in the classes, and the show dances were fantastic. After watching them grow up before our eyes, it's always a delight to see Glenn Richard Boyce & Caroly Janes return to wow us with their Latin American showcase...I can't wait to see more! Every aspect of the weekend is very well organised and managed, with the same lovely team there to look after us year after year. Well done everyone.....we look forward to seeing you all again next year! Dancing with the Stars weekend was amazing 💃🏽💃🏽. Excellent accommodation and food. The workshops were very enjoyable and the show dances all breathtaking. The Donaheys team were kind, helpful and very friendly. We were looked after extremely well by a well organised and professional team. Already booked for 2021 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽 Dancing with the stars weekend @ Alton Towers 2020 was absolutely incredible. The team are friendly, helpful, approachable and organised everything so well down to the last detail. Just amazing, thank you so much for one of the best weekends ever ❤️💃🏼 Had a great time on the dancing day. Learnt a lot. Would definitely recommend. Excellent lessons every week and their Dance weekends are incredible, so well organised and lots of fun, I’ve been 4 times and can’t wait to go again next year. 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! amazing organisation great staff and support x amazing stars 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.
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 Great staff, well organised. Our first dancing weekend and won’t be our last 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! Great value for money superb service if you love to dance there’s no place better. 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 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. 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 😜😜 Fantastic weekend at De Vere hotel. Great tuition and great organisation from the Donehey Family. Fantastic weekend - so wonderful to be in the SCD bubble - brilliant dancers and workshops - loved it all 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 😊😊😊 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 Well done Donaheys for an unforgettable Strictly dance experience at Celtic Manor. FABULOUS.......a well deserved 5* Another fantastic weekend at Celtic Manor Resort with Donaheys. Our 5th year going to one of these Dancing With The Stars weekends ... the dance lessons are great (and not just those with Strictly pros), the evening exhibitions, the live band, the friendly Donaheys staff and the professionalism of the whole event. First class. Whether you are interested in the dance lessons, the exhibitions, or just a weekend away without the kids, you wont be disappointed! Had an amazing weekend at Celtic Manor, the hotel was beautiful and the whole weekend events where so well organised. We enjoyed it so much we have booked again for next year. Well done Donaheys team you did an amazing job in making sure your guests got great value for money and had an amazing weekend. Had a fabulous dancing weekend at Beaumont Estate Windsor. A fully packed weekend learning lots of different ballroom dance steps. It was very well organised and great fun. I loved learning with some of the Strictly stars, professional ballroom dancers and teachers. The showcases were amazing and all of the Donaheys staff were friendly and helpful. We have booked for next year in Wales and are going to take ballroom dance lessons back at home. Our third time at the Dancing with the stars weekend! Absolutely love it , fab lessons , amazingly organised, lovely people and of course , lots of dancing!! Thank you so much Donaheys x Had a great weekend at De Vere hotel with Donaheys. Very well organised by people who love dance and this came across as all the people attending had a great time. Donahays couldn’t have done more and this comes from someone who never had an interest in Ballroom or Latin dance. This weekend has changed my mind. So everyone......keep dancing! Fantastic teachers and team, couldn’t be more friendly or helpful than they were.
Absolutely amazing weekend with the Donaheys team and the Stars from Strictly Come Dancing!
This was a magical weekend of dance. It is rare that I say it was worth every penny but this event was!! Paul and all the team work so hard to make sure every part of your weekend is enjoyable. I can not wait to return again the future What an amazing, value-for-money experience the recent weekend at Celtic Manor was. Faultless organisation, from the cheery welcome and help from Freda, right through the weekend from all Donahey's staff. As for the showcase performances - we won't be trying to get tickets for the TV show any longer. We got a much better experience. And as for being taught by the best of the best - as raw beginners we are astounded at how much we learned. My husband went from 'man hiding in car park' on Friday, not wanting to take part, to saying he wants to take up dancing and to book again next year! What an experience my sister and I had , a wonderful weekend, we loved it so much we have booked for next year Having been inspired to ballroom dancing by Bea and Lee Jackson at ‘IDoDance’ in Cornwall my wife and I have just returned from the Celtic Manor weekend in May 2018. We stumbled upon it by accident last year and we’re so glad we did!
What an amazing experience ...we got to meet, and have lessons with, so many incredible Strictly Come Dancing Stars it was mind blowing...
Donahey’s organisation and professionalism was beyond brilliant and as for the hotel .. that was just stunning.
We have immediately booked to come again next year .. we have tried for years to get audience seats at the SCD BBC shows but we now realise that these Donahey events eclipse that as an experience .. who wants to sit in a stuffy studio for hours waiting for ‘glimpses’ when at Donahey’s weekends the stars are brought right to you with no waiting and do hour long lessons with us and then do evening show dances which are amazing - and all in 5* luxury - Brilliant 🙂
We had the best time at the Dancing with the stars weekend at Celtic Manor. Thank you Donahey’s, you make dreams come true! A truly wonderful experience in every way! Special thanks to my favourite teacher Tony, I always feel like I learn so much from his classes! We’ve already booked again for next year! See you on the dance floor! ��� 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!
We are just back from the 'Dancing With the Stars' weekend at Chesford Grange. The whole weekend was extremely well organised and the Donahey's team were always on hand to provided advice and support. The standard of tuition was excellent and although not one of the ‘Strictly’ dancers we found Tony Bennett’s workshops on Tango and Rumba extremely beneficial. I think my own personal highlights were the Argentine Tango workshop with Leandro and Maria and the Cha Cha workshop with Aljaz and Janette. Probably of most benefit to both of us was the excellent tuition on hold and posture we received from Ian and Natalie. All of the Showcases were stunning and the young dancers were amazing. 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 workshops
The 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.
Absolutely fantastic Strictly weekend break. Well organised and Paul and Shirley so friendly and helpful. Can't wait for next years event. 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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