A fantastic experience from start to finish. Right from picking the phone up to talk to Tracey about booking, down to the final showdance. If you're thinking of booking one of these weekends - go for it! You won't regret it.Excellently organised with a lot of workshops. I did worry that our feet wouldn't cope but the excellent sprung dance floor made sure that wasn't the case.The evening dancing was fabulous with Paul also regularly leading everybody into an individual Charleston on the dance floor - great fun.The evening showcase dances were amazing and also featured dances from highly accomplished competing (or previously competing) professionals who were outstanding.Overall an amazing weekend.
Omigod the weekend was awesome!We don't write reviews; in a world of faceless corporations chasing 4-5 star status via automated perma-feedback who has time, right? There's better things to do with 30 seconds, like scratching your nose. But this weekend at the Celtic Manor Hotel was so good that we're delighted to pop the Google Review cherry.We signed up as complete beginners, inducting into the infamous raucous Red group (special shout out to table one, we were the best!) The workshops were amazing. You're in the room with actual dancers from Strictly. Aljaž taught us the cha cha! Aljaž! Cha cha! This was so exciting that when he got us to yell 'Sa!' at the end of each New Yorker I swear I spat on him. Jive with Giovanni and Lauren? Check. Quickstep with Nadia and Kai? Check. Rumba with (reigning Strictly champion) Jowita? Check. Encouragement to growl like a lion when Nikita offered up his microphone? Not needed ... GRRRR!Every instructor intimately knew their craft and, more importantly, knew how to teach. I don't think anyone in our beginners group felt out of depth or unsupported, a philosophy that translated beautifully to the evening ballroom events. Us Reds were actively encouraged to participate in social dancing without fear of embarrassment. There were enough slow and slightly out of time couples on the floor to feel like you weren't the only learners in the room. And you've not lived until you're one of a whole room Charleston Strolling to Bear Necessities.What else to say? Only that we've realised live showcase dancing, much like live music, is so much better when you're in the room. Every number was impeccable. Nadia and Kai's jive topped our personal opinion chart in a very close field.This weekend surpassed expectation. The Donaheys team really care about the quality of the experience. To organise an event like this with such precision and still maintain a genuinely friendly customer service takes some doing. Everybody involved seemed happy to be there. We certainly were. We're signed up for 2024, and we're coming back as Blue. If it's as good as this again they may even get another review.
A very well run event. It wasgreat experience on both occasions when we attended the events At Celtic manner in 2019 and also this year. We thoroughly enjoyed it and all the staff were very helpful. Paul really goes out of his way to do everything possible for us to enjoy our time. We have already booked for next year.
Last weekend at Celtic Manor was the first time of going to a Dancing with the star’s weekend. It was Amazing form start to finish. The organisation was fantastic, the programme of dance classes, social dances, q&a’s, red carpet calls etc were brilliant. It was so lovely to be able see the stars and learn from them so up close. Can’t recommend it enough. Celtic Manor was a lovely venue also. Food and service Excellent. Can’t wait to do it all again next year!!!! Thank you.
Fabulous weekend, and very well organised by the friendly Donaheys team. Accommodation was excellent and the classes by the strictly pro's and visiting competitors were very informative. It was lovely to see up close the pro's, and their dance demonstrations were wonderful. There was also plenty of opportunities to ask them questions. We loved the live big band on Saturday night and it was such a treat to dance to live music. A wonderful event and great value for money. This was our first time and we met some great people and are looking forward to seeing them again at next years Dancing with the Stars weekend.
What an amazing experience, so much so, that I have booked to go for a third time. It's really well organised by a great team. Wether your new to dance or experienced your sure to have a great time. Having lessons from the professionals and a show case every day. Just the best
Fantastic weekend at the Celtic Manor and the Donaheys Dancing With the Stars event. These events (we’ve been to 3 now) are fabulous - well organised, efficiently run, great hotels, great workshops and fabulous showcase dances from the professional dancers. We can thoroughly recommend them
This was our fifth Dancing with the Stars Weekend and it was just brilliant. The Donaheys team do such a magnificent job, the whole weekend runs like clockwork. The workshops were great and the videos available afterwards really help!The showcases this year were absolutely fantastic - both the strictly stars and the ballroom champions were incredible and mesmerising to watch.Celtic Manor is a fabulous venue and we have already booked for next year!!
Another fabulous dancing with the stars weekend at Celtic Manor, the workshops are great fun and lots learned. The showcases of all couples out of this world. Paul, Shirley and Amy along with all the donaheys team are on hand for anything you need and always polite and professional.A truly wonderful weekend for any dancer or dance fan.Its our 3rd and we look forward to the next.
Myself and my best friend have just returned from our 2nd year attending Donaheys Dancing With The Stars Weekend. Another fabulous weekend. We have danced, made new friends and laughed. We started with 4 left feet, and ended up being able to dance fairly reasonable steps. The workshops are superb and gauged to the appropriate level of the group. The Donaheys team are superb and I can't rate them highly enough, every single person attending is looked after.Feet throb from all the dancing, hands sting from applauding and cheeks sting from so much smiling and laughing.The evening showcases are breath taking, the professional dancers are so engaging and the venue is superb.I highly recommend this weekend.
Fabulous weekend! Stayed extra night on the Thursday. All of Donaheys staff led by Paul were so friendly and helpful through out the weekend.Up close and personal classes with the strictly stars, Kai & Nadya, Giovanni & Lauren, Alijaz & Katya, Nikita & Jowita, David & Rosey and Warren & Kristy Boyce. All dance classes designed for your personal dance ability. Show case dances in the evening were amazing especially Glen Boyce & Caroly. Unbelievable dancing from all the stars.The hotel is a perfect venue with friendly and professional staff at the Celtic Manor Resort.The weekend flowed perfectly due to the planning and organisation of the whole Donaheys team.Already booked up for April & July 24.We can’t recommend this event highlyenough for those who enjoy ballroom dancing or want to start. Beginners are catered for just as much as advanced standard so if you have never tried ballroom dancing before this is an excellent introduction.Once again, many thanks Paul for an amazing weekend.
As first-timers we can honestly say it far exceeded our expectations. Friendly, efficient and fun. I hoped to get tips during the workshops to add an extra layer to our dancing as well as giving us new routines - they did that and more. All workshop teachers gave us confidence and laughter - no one needs to feel intimidated about what they can or can't do. This atmosphere helped everyone get together in a supportive and friendly fashion - far more smiles than frowns! The showcase events were superb and very moving. It was lovely to hear the professionals say they particularly enjoy dancing to an audience of dancers. And we enjoyed being that audience. Thank you to the all Donaheys team. Carol and John.
Wow, what an awesome experience. The preparation and organisation that must go on by the Donaheys team to achieve such a spectacular event is to be admired.The showcases with the Strictly stars was spellbinding having them so close and performing especially for us was a privilege.The atmosphere was friendly, welcoming and encouraging between the guests and the team.The venue, food and accommodation was top class so all in all a brilliant way to spend a weekend.Needless to say we have booked for next year.!Linda & Colin Rockey
An absolutely fabulous weekend! This was a very well attended and extremely well organised event by Donaheys. The Celtic Manor hotel is stunning, the strictly tv stars were not only amazing dancers but were very friendly and helpful too. All participants are put into 1 of 4 groups depending on skill level and experience. We were in the absolute beginners category but learnt a lot and had lots of fun in the process. Any anxiety or concerns we may have had about our lack of dancing skills were quickly dismissed as we were shown some basic steps in friendly group settings and we were dancing in no time!The world class dance performances by the TV stars and the 15 piece band on the evenings were incredible.This really was a weekend to remember, so much so we have already booked again for next year. A big thanks to Paul, Shirley and Amy and all the Donaheys team for making the weekend such a wonderful experience for all those lucky enough to experience it. See you next year!Anthony and Jane ( Manchester).
Second year of attending Donaheys Dancing With the Stars. Already booked for next year. Professional dance lessons with some of the best dancers in the world, and stunning show dances. Then add in the company of other like minded participants who are so warm and friendly. A wonderful experience. Thank you
Absolutely fab..u...lous!So well organised from start to finish. The workshops are brilliant fun. The team are wonderful. And the stars...oh my god. You think they are amazing on the TV?...wait until you see them up close and personal. Hats off to all. Can't wait for next year. Thank you to everyone for one of the most memorable weekends ever! Xxx
We had such a great weekend, we loved the workshops and got a lot from them and also enjoyed the evening dancing - it felt like the floor wasn’t as busy as the year before, either that or we’ve just got better at getting past people! All the pros were amazing both in the workshops and their performances – they are just mesmerizing to watch…..The whole event is well organised and really good fun....We've booked already for next year, that tells you how good it was!!
Wow. What an amazing weekend. My wife and I absolutely loved it. The stars were so warm and personal. The Donaghey’s team couldn’t do enough for us. It’s a 10 from me (We have already rebooked for 2024)
Just returned from a great "Dancing with the Stars Weekend".Great classes with amazing opportunities to dance on a large ballroom dance floor. The strictly stars were helpful and entertaining during classes and gave us 3 spectacular shows. Donaheys staff were excellent and on hand to help whenever needed. We arrived sceptical and left booking for 2024 - what more can I say. PS sorry for stepping on Anton's feet .... 🙂
Just back from another Dancing with the Stars weekend. My fifth!!!! Yet another fantastic weekend. 3 shows, 7 lessons, 2 dance evenings , all brilliantly organised, very friendly and in The Celtic Manor a fantastic hotel.
Wow. What can I say. From the moment you arrive you cannot stop smiling. The showcases are amazing, dance lessons fun (definitely need to practice for next year), atmosphere electric, gala night incredible and you will the most friendly bunch of,people ever. Big shout out to Melissa another guest who kept trying to teach me to dance and another lovely couple who took time out to help- thank you so much. Paul, Amy, Shirley and team who look after everything for you and make it the most incredible experience. Yes initially it seems a lot of money but believe me the value for money f9e what you get is fantastic. A completely flawless polished event. Celtic Manor beautiful. Cannot recommend highly enough. Can’t wait to return next year - keep dancing 🕺
Our first time with the Donaheys team .. truly an amazing experience... my first thoughts were sounds to good to be true ! How wrong was that thought ... it was fantastic .. from start to finish just sensational... rebooked for 2024 and we are so excited for the lineup 😍 newsIf you are thinking about taking part in any of the dancing with the stars events ... go for it .. you will have a blast... it will be everything you hoped for and more ..Now to keep practicing our newly learnt skills 😉Thank you all for making the weekend so amazing 👏 x x Colin & Wendy ...Malvern.. Worcs
This was my first Donahey’s experience. I was extremely impressed with the organisation of the whole weekend. The performances by the Strictly stars and amateur champions were amazing, and attendance at the workshops showed they are also wonderful people. The venue was perfect and I loved it. I’ll be back next year!
The most amazing experience! We loved every second, the Donaheys staff were exceptional, so welcoming and helpful.The hotel was a fitting venue for a 5 star weekend, and despite been hopeless at dancing we loved it 🥰To be taught by the stars of strictly was a dream come true for Alice, and the showcases were amazing 💃🏿 🕺Highly recommended ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Fantastic weekend in Wales at the Celtic Manor Resort . Seven dance workshops with great teachers and strictly stars . Showcases by the professional and strictly dancers each night and on the Sunday afternoon . Band on the Saturday night . Great experience … booked for next year. Same resort . So well organised . Can’t wait .
An absolutely brilliant weekend. The Donahey staff are fantastic and really make you feel welcome. We had such a great time we booked for next year while we we're there, you can't get better recommendation than that
Had a great weekend at Celtic Manor. Not really my cup of tea, booked it as my wife’s Christmas present, but I loved it. The Strictly guys seemed so ordinary, in a good way, when teaching us then they looked like they had come from another planet when they performed their shows. Worth noting how friendly everybody was as well, chatted to so many nice people. Great venue and event run very professionally. We may now start to dance or this may prove to have been a one off but either way I recommend the weekend.Roger Pitt
A wonderful experience - thank you Paul Amy and Shirley and everyone at Donaheys and the Celtic Manor Resort for making this such a fantastic experience. Our Strictly Stars were amazing and we learned so much from our workshops - can't wait to come backSue and Mark
Fantastic weekend with dancing with the stars!! From start to finish, check in to the last showcase was absolutely amazing!Everything was thought of from 7 workshops, meet and greets, social dancing and it was so much fun! The lessons we had were pitched right and the teachers were amazing!We had a blast from start to finish and met some wonderful peopleDefinitely doing this again!
For anyone who loves Strictly, whether you can dance or not, this is a weekend for you. Everyone is there to enjoy themselves.I have just enjoyed the weekend at the Celtic Manor Hotel and from the moment of arrival I entered a world of dance and the outside world disappeared. My first workshop was with Jeanette and Alijah in a group of similar standard people followed by a wonderful evening meal buffet and showcase. All of the professionals were clearly happy to be there and very entertaining. It was amazing to be so involved with them. Saturday and Sunday had great programs, there were tears, awe and laughter from the shows to getting steps wrong in the ballroom. It didn't matter because we all love dance.The whole weekend was wonderfully paced very professional. The Donahey's staff were always available to help and wearing a smile. They were an incredible team of people and it was evident how loved and respected the team are amongst the dance community.I was so impressed at how well the event is organised for so many people. Congratulations Donahey's and if you have got this far reading my review....do not hesitate....book it!
Can I just say a massive thank you for the best weekend. I was bought this as a 50th birthday present by my husband which was 18 months ago now. My best friend and myself spent this weekend with you guys at Celtic Manor and wow, what a weekend. We have met some lovely people who we will now keep in touch with and hope to meet again next year at the same venue. All of the hotel and donaheys staff were lovely, friendly and helpful. I appreciate how much work these weekends take by everyone concerned and I can honestly say I wouldn't change anything, you do an amazing and wonderful job to put on such an event. This is also the first time I've witnessed dancing in an actual ballroom and its so much better than watching on the TV. We even bumped into a couple of the strictly stars at our evening meal and they were more than happy to have a chat. I could go on and on about my experience, it really was fab u lous. So once again, thank you so much for making one of my dreams come true xxx
We had a truly "fab-u-lous" weekend at The Celtic Manor last weekend. This was our 1st Donaheys weekend - & we've already booked for next year! The Donahays team were friendly & helpful and the line-up of stars was extraordinary. Feel very priviledged to have the opportunity to learn from and watch such amazing dancers. Thank you.
Another fantastic weekend at Celtic Manor Resort with Donaheys. Our 8th 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 shows, 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!
We’ve just returned from our first Dancing with the Stars weekend at Celtic Manor and it was just brilliant. The organisation was amazing, especially given the number of people attending. Everything ran like clockwork from check in to departure. The weekend was better than we ever imagined it could be. Our friends had suggested the weekend so we decided to have a few lessons at our local dance school prior to coming so that we could enjoy the dancing from the first night. As a result we discovered that we absolutely love it and our new hobby is entirely down to booking this weekend. Our friends have now booked classes too so we can all enjoy every dancing minute next year (we’ve re-booked already!) We were amazed to discover that this is a totally family-run event. So professional and the programme was just brilliant. Their evident hard work made for a wonderful weekend for us. The hotel was a perfect venue and we didn’t stop smiling all weekend. There was a perfect balance of lessons, shows and time to dance. So many highlights. We absolutely can’t wait to do it again!
What an amazing weekend , highly highly recommend.Amazingly organised by a wonderful team of people.So much fun, who doesn't love getting dressed up!Dancers were absolutely breathtaking and can't wait to book up again . Thank you Donaheys
What a weekend we have just had at the Celtic Manor, Dancing with the Stars and the Donaheys Team!!! Totally blown away by Jowita Przystal and Michael Danilczuk's performance, they were absolutely amazing. Warren & Kristi Boyce along with Glenn & Carly showed yet again why they are at the top of the game. Great workshops, full of fun and laughter as well as top tips and some new dance moves. Hotel really good, service and food excellent. Thanks for the great weekend from Team Donahey once again!!!!
Had another fabulous weekend with Donaheys Dancing with the Stars at Celtic Manor. As usual brilliantly organised, a very slick operation!Although there were quite a lot of people in the classes the tuition catered for all, assisting and allowing all to learn. The evening dancing was good with two dance floors available, the main one gets a little crowded but we managed to dance as much as we wanted to.The showcases from the stars and pros were fantastic. All in all a great value weekend with plenty of dancing and opportunity to meet up with or make new friends.
We have just come back from Celtic Manor, another Donahey’s fabulous ‘Dancing With The Stars’ weekend. The personal enthusiasm and love of dance by these Stars is infectious and their willingness to share all they know to help each one of us improve our dance and love of dance so unselfishly is truly humbling and hugely appreciated.Paul, Shirley and Amy Donahey and their team have been organising these weekends for over 50 years and are going from strength to strength with immaculate organisation at every stage. A Dance on Friday night and a Ball on Saturday night with a Live band to practise your skills. Also, exceptional show dances by the Stars as part of the evenings. How often do we have these opportunities?Be truly inspired by Strictly and World professionals and have Work Shops with them. Wonderful weekends, this is our third and we have already booked another. Unsurpassed in terms of getting along side the professionals whether you are a beginner or already have dance experience.If you are looking to learn or improve your Dancing a Donahey’s weekend is definitely for you.Highly recommended.Bob & Sue.
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.
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.
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!
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.
It was an absolute pleasure to attend the Donahey's Dancing with the stars weekend. I warranted a challenge being a past athlete participating in many sports. I had never learnt ballroom or Latin dance until this year. You don't have to worry about never dancing before or even your capabilities in sports or exercise. The venue is totally structured for all levels.The management, planning, creativity and logistics of the event was outstanding.The professional teachers and inspirational stars radiated with enthusiasm and motivation as they took to the floor commanding effective, fun, constructive teaching with engaging class presence in all disciplines.The evening entertainment given by the professional dancers was awe inspiring, exuding passion with phenomenal artistry.The whole venue was supported by the Donahey's staff who deserve a noteworthy praise for their organisational skills and commitment to hard work, conveying fun, energy and engagement with the guests.GIVE IT A GO! - JUST DO IT.I'm in for next year.
A brilliant weekend with the Strictly Stars and other winning dancers. Great organisation from start to finish from the lovely team. Special mention to Freda who saw we were struggling and helped us learn the dances. The lessons were great fun with the strictly stars and the other teachers.The showcases were stunning and being so close was amazing. The dance by Warren and Kristi Boyce and his boy and his partner was mesmerising and so poignant.I would highly recommend and we have already booked for next year ♥️♥️♥️
This was our first time to come and enjoy a weekend with truly like minded people. Firstly the organisation is amazing it gave the impression that this was so seamless.The Strictly Stars and competition dancers were amazing not just in the workshops that they gave but also in each of their showcases. Purely awesome and so inspiring.I must also mention the workshops by Tony Bennet just pure gold in his delivery and types.We now have another dance on our list of dances to learn which is the Argentine Tango this dance we had only seen from afar but to actually learn a routine in just one hour was magical.Thank you to the Donhey's team for pulling all of this together.A special thank you from us is to those that took the time to get to know who we are and show genuine interest in our journey.Adrian and Leigh
Just had the most wonderful weekend at the De vere hotel in Windsor!! Dancing lessons with the strictly stars felt very special and then their showcases in the evening were just something else!! A very well run event and we loved it so much we’ve booked for next year!! Great job Donaheys!
We have just returned from an amazing weekend of dancing at the the De Vere Beaumont Estate and can honestly say that it was so well thought out , organised and put into action that we had fun from start to finish! We learned new steps in a variety of workshops, some hosted by the Strictly stars themselves and the others by wonderful teachers who broke everything down to our levels and soon had us dancing our new routines! Each day, the stars showcased their own routines for us which were fabulous, and then the ballroom was ours for putting into practice our new moves!We loved the orchestra and also Lance Ellington’s singing.The hotel was great and although busy it never felt crowded, and the food was plentiful with lots of choice. Our rooms were a good size and had everything we needed except maybe a drawer unit to put clothes away.We can definitely recommend the Dancing With The Stars Weekends to everyone, and thank the whole team for the hard work that goes into organising and running them!
Our first Dancing with the Stars Weekend (Windsor 2023) was absolutely wonderful. We opted into intermediate/advanced and the lessons for us, were just at the right degree of challenge. All lessons were fun and those involved were enthusiastic. The evening dancing was lovely, and the dance shows/performances were amazing. Hotel was good too. We’ve already booked for next year! Thanks to the Donaheys team for their hard work, all year round to bring these weekends to fruition. 👏👏👏
Oh WOW what an amazing weekend the Donaheys Dancing with the Stars was . Everything was so well organised , everyone so friendly and helpful , the lessons incredible and the showcases spectacular . A fun packed weekend where all our expectations were exceeded . Will we be back ??? ….Already booked 🥰🥰Thank you Paul ,Amy and your wonderful team x
This is the most fun dancing weekend ever. We absolutely loved every moment, so much to see and do. Very well organised and ran to time. Friendly staff, delicious food and a high standard of accommodation. The strictly stars are just as lovely as you imagine. We cannot wait to return next year. We have no hesitation in recommending. Keep Dancing x
If you love dancing and love your Strictly stars a Donahey’s weekend is unbeatable. Donahey’s work so hard to ensure you have the most amazing and memorable time, I can’t wait to return again for another year X
Amazing weekend organised by the incredible Donaheys team. Brilliant lessons by Strictly and other professionals. Outstanding showcase dances - in fact everything was just perfect. Have already booked for next year.
Our third weekend with Donaheys and we can honestly say everything is faultless. Fantastically organised, superb workshops and lessons and a fabulous environment to dance and revel in the joy of it. Needless to say, we booked to go again next year!
Huge thanks go to Paul, Amy & all the wonderful team for such a fantastically organised dance weekend. This is our 4th year with our friend's Mel & Aiden & there was no doubt of booking for next year! The classes are so well organised, no one feels silly, no capable, the team all make you want get on that dance floor , whatever your level. Obviously the highlight is seeing the Strictly stars, who are just a dream to watch.As long as you keep organising these weekends, we'll be there, thanks again 😊
This was our first dancing weekend with Donaheys but it won't be our last! We stayed at the Beaumont Estate in Windsor and enjoyed every minute of our 2 night stay. It was an action packed weekend which included fun but informative workshops with passionate teachers including the stars themselves. There was plenty of opportunity to dance with no pressure and also watch the stars entertain us. It really exceeded our expectations and much of this is down to the hard work and desire to please from the whole Donaheys team. So much to recommend.
Absolutely fantastic weekend.. having never danced before and rather allergic! I booked this as a Christmas gift for my wife. I’m completely sold and have already booked for next year. The Donahey’s staff are magnificent and as for the Professional dancers… Amazing!!! We had the best time, completely immersed ourselves in the well organised programme. Thank you for the experience.
We have spent a fantastic weekend with Donaheys, Dancing with the Stars, at Celtic Manor Resort.This was a truly outstanding weekend with the magnificant Donaheys Team organising the whole weekend, it ran so smoothly.The programme was fantasticThe Shows were FAB-U-LOUS.The dance workshops with the Strictly Stars were Wonderful.If you have never been on one of the Donaheys super weekends then you are in for a real treat.My husband is a non dancer and he really Loved the shows!The is a 5* plus weekend in any of their resorts.I highly recommend Donaheys dance weekends,Beverley
Another fabulous weekend spent with Donaheys. Everything is so well organised and thoroughly enjoyable. The dance tuition and the spectacular shows are second to none. We’ve already booked our places for next year. Thank you to everyone at Donaheys for making the weekend so special.
One of the best things I have done with a very reluctant husband. Both of us real beginners who went to our lessons with two left feet. Can you imagine having lessons with your strictly favourites we did and although the left feet came into operation on several occasions lessons were fun. My reluctant husband had booked for 2023 think this must say it all. Well done Donaheys for bringing dance into our lives.
We had an amazing time. Fantastic event and super shows. Workshops were all fun and interesting. Especially with Anton - funny guy! But all the stars were clearly enjoying it and were very humble and charming. Hotel was nice, maybe the same menu two nights running was a little disappointing but that was the only minus. We met some lovely people during the evenings and have booked again for Celtic Manor next April, where we have planned to meet up with them again. All in all, we could not have asked for a better experience with Donaheys and, of course, all of the professional and amateur instructors and performers. Superb!
Wow what a wonderful weekend, Paul and team were always on hand if you needed them, they are friendly and a real depth of dance knowledge. Our workshop with Anton and Erin was fabulous as was their showtime showcase. Its such a joy to be able to have this opportunity. They not only catered for my husband who has a little dance experience but also me with 27 years, I even learnt the Charleston. We look forward to our next dancing with the stars weekend. Highly recommended . Thank you Donaheys 😊
First timers at this event and we loved it!! The timetable was very well thought out, the lessons were brilliant and we loved the stars! The accommodation was superb, rooms beautifully decorated, comfortable and modern with an old fashioned stately home feel. The main hotel decor was lovely too, food was as excellent although the bar staff were young, inexperienced and inattentive which was a shame. Overall the weekend was well run by the Donaheys staff who couldn’t have been more friendly or helpful. We’ve booked again for next year!
A wonderful experience! Great dance workshops with incredibly knowledgeable and capable teachers…who also know how to make it fun too! Superb dance showcases throughout. Great location with Windsor so close. We had a fabulous time there and will definitely be going again!
Great weekend. The Donaheys team are all very friendly and very helpful, every effort was towards making sure that every guest had an amazing time and it showed. In terms of the workshops, it was really easy to take part for a pure beginner and great fun. Despite the coaches being some of the best in the business, it was presented at a level we could understand and yet they didn't talk down to us. If you're thinking about booking one of these do it, you won't regret it. We've just booked another next year!
Totally speechless!Excellent showcases 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩, amazing workshops and Donaheys staff are superb!!We've booked straight up for next year ( 4th time )Keeeeep dancin'Thank you Paul for the best weekend ever!
OMG…..WOW…What a weekend! Dancing lessons with Strictly Stars in a beautiful venue, evenings to dress up and show off your new moves, amazing showcases preformed by truly awesome dancers. Donaheys staff are fabulous, always friendly and so helpful. Thank you to all involved for such a well organised fantastic event for all levels of dancers from beginners to advanced. I can’t wait to do it again, already booked in for next year!
What a fantastic weekend! Fun packed, entertaining with lovely like minded people, and a chance to meet and dance with the Strictly Stars! The weekend is well thought out and planned, and the Donaheys Team work tirelessly to ensure everyone has a great time - so good we have booked for next year!
We are still on cloud 9 a week after this amazing experience. From the very start Donaheys were so professional and organised with such precision to detail for every aspect of the weekend. The communication throughout was exceptional this weekend was amazing with the dancing lessons and the show cases in the evenings the strictly professionals close up in their showcases was breathtaking and to be able to dance to a live band was sensational . We can honestly say it is just brilliant and we have booked to return again next year and we cannot wait Gail and Karl Ballance
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!
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
1st time at Donaheys Dancing with the Stars.WOW what a fantastic weekend. With workshops for all levels of dance whether you are a non dancerjust a beginner or advanced theirs something for everyone. Meet your strictly stars and watch the amazing shows they will blow your away. The whole weekend is very organised by the whole team and always around to help nothing is to much trouble.ABSOLUTELY FAB EXPERIENCE GO ON BOOK IT, YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED DO IT.R&A
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
What a totally fabulous weekend. All the strictly stars, showcases, classes were wonderful. Ballroom looked lovely and to dance in there was wonderful. The event is run with precision by the Donahey's Team. They are all friendly, helpful and happy to answer any questions you have.A well deserved 5* and I have already booked to return next year. Thank you Team Donahey!
It was a really good weekend that we thoroughly enjoyed. It was well organised and kept you going with just about enough breaks. The show cases were excellent and some of the stars were well prepared to talk to the audience during the change over times. A highly recommended weekend for dance lovers.
This our first weekend with Donaheys Dancing with the Stars. I love Strictly and I love dancing. I have danced for over 20 years but never been taught proper ballroom dancing. My husband also loves Strictly but has never, ever danced. We thought it would be a great idea to try this and it was our Christmas present to ourselves.We loved learning the different dance styles, although my husband found some harder than others, and it was absolutely brilliant to meet and learn from some of the Strictly professionals. They were amazing! We also got to learn moves with the fabulous ballroom dancers who were also amazing.The showcases were incredible and it was wonderful to see all these amazing dancers in action.I loved the social dancing too.We made some new friends who we are going to keep in touch with. We are all coming next year to Celtic Manor!My husband and I have decided to take ballroom lessons at home and are eager to make progress. We feel inspired!Thank you to the whole Donaheys team for a great weekend.
We had a fantastic, memorable Dancing With the Stars weekend at the Celtic Manor Resort hotel. Everything was so well organised from start to finish. The Donahey team could not do enough to make our experience enjoyable. This was our first experience with Donahey's and it won't be our last. We had such a wonderful time that we booked again for next year.
An outstanding weekend in every respect. Brilliantly organised, great Stars from Strictly, lavish Showdances and lessons from the Stars. Learnt a lot, enjoyed myself immensely and though it great value for money. have booked for next year
The De Vere Beaumont in Windsor has recently been refurbished, and is now fine - good modern clean rooms, good food, and friendly, helpful staff. It's big, so there can be a bit of a walk from your bedroom to the centre of activities, such as the restaurants and ballroom. We were there in April 2018 for a Donahey's Dancing with the Stars weekend, which was well organised, and superb. Direct tuition from professional stars and world champions was excellent, and the show dancing blew us away. Altogether a great and memorable weekend. Jim and Hilary
If you love Strictly and would like to learn to dance with the professionals, you need to book a weekend with Donaheys. From the time you arrive until you sadly have to say goodbye it is just the best weekend ever. ALL the Donaheys staff are so kind and so helpful. The dance workshops are such good fun. All i can say is, highly recommended! 😊
My wife Lorraine and I just attended the Donaheys Dancing With The Stars weekend at Beaumont House Windsor. As beginners we were a bit nervous of making fools of ourselves. But the whole weekend was a fabulous experience. The 7 beginners workshops were well run and great fun, including 4 taken by Strictly and Professional dancers. The evening shows were tremendous and included chances to practice the dances we had learnt during the day. The Beaumont House Hotel is a lovely place to stay, we had a very comfortable room and the staff were all very friendly. A great experience all round, which we may well do again one day.
We had the most enjoyable weekend. It was well organised and we were able to attend all seven of our scheduled workshops.The workshops were excellent. The professionals commented that it was good to work with people that had a real interest in dance and this certainly came across well. They were fun and seemed to be pitched at an appropriate level for all the participants.The demonstration dances were again excellent and again were much appreciated by all the people there.We would highly recommend these weekends and were pleased to book a repeat for ourselves next year.Thank you to everyone who worked to make the weekend the great success that we all enjoyed.Dave and Jan
Wow! wow!! WOW!!! First time attending Donahey’s Dance weekend and I was totally blown away! Far exceeded my expectations. Well organised, friendly staff, STUNNING dance displays, EXCELLENT teaching and GREAT location.
I've just spent the weekend at The Celtic Manor Resort Newport attending the Donaheys' Dancing with the Stars and had a truly memorable fun filled weekend. It was all very well organised from booking to the actual weekend. Plenty of very helpful staff to communicate issues and questions to if needed. All the Strictly Stars were super friendly and enthusiastic to help everyone. I have wanted to do a Dancing with the Stars weekend for a while and I am so so glad I booked and did it. Worth every penny. Looking forward to possibly another visit next year. Thank you to Paul, Amy & Shirly and the whole Donaheys team for a fantastic weekend. Now - to find a local dance class to KEEEEEPPPPPPP DANCING!!
Our first time at a Donaheys event and we were not disappointed. The whole weekend was really well organised and a credit to the team that put it together. The ‘Strictly Stars’ (plus Janette’s bump!) were all so lovely, and very patient with us beginners! Enjoyed it so much that we’ve booked for another of the Donaheys weekends next year. Thanks to Paul and his very hard working team.
What an amazing, fun, jam packed weekend!!!Loved every moment from start to finish, can highly recommend the Donaheys Dancing With the Stars Weekends. So much thought and detail goes into making sure the guests enjoy themselves and are thoroughly entertained, the professional show cases were something else! We had a fabulous weekend and can’t thank the Donaheys team enough, looking forward to coming again soon… Chris and Maxine 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩xxx
This is the first time we have been to a Donaheys weekend (I can’t believe I’d never heard of it before) and we have had the best time ever. Action packed with dance lessons with the stars learning all the dance moves and laughing so much when trying to remember them later without the experts present! The show cases were fabulous. The live band was brilliant. The Donaheys team were all lovely, kind and helpful. We have booked for next year and can’t wait!!
Another incredible time spent at the Donaheys Dancing with the Stars weekend, where we were taught to dance by the strictly pros then enjoyed their amazing showcases each night. What an experience…if you love Strictly and dancing you will adore this event! Delicious food, lovely hotel and the jam packed weekend runs seamlessly. We can’t wait to return next year, thank you Donaheys!
The most amazing experience! We loved every second, the Donaheys staff were exceptional, so welcoming and helpful. The hotel was a fitting venue for a 5 star weekend, and despite been hopeless at dancing we loved it 🥰 To be taught by the stars of strictly was a dream come true for Alice, and the showcases were amazing 💃🏿 🕺 Highly recommended ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
I've just got home and I'm still smiling. What an amazing weekend. Brilliant line up, welcoming team, fantastic classes, stunning venue....I could go on and on. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced dancer there is something for everyone. I've already booked my place for next year....you should do the same!
A fabulous event, with so much in it. The dance tutorials were great, very informative and fun too! The show dances were wonderful, not surprising though with the quality of dancers there. The venue was excellent too, close to Windsor, which is always worth a visit. All round excellent weekend of entertainment, dance education and just great fun!
Just returned from an absolutely fantastic weekend organised by the Donaheys family and their great team. Words cannot describe how incredible it was! The entire weekend was extremely well organised. The dance workshops, taken by Strictly Stars, dance champions and Donaheys team were brilliant and great fun. Lovely to learn some new steps and improve our techniques. The three dance showcases over the weekend we’re amazing and mind blowing at times. Brilliant seeing the new young talented dancers as well. The weekend was packed with entertainment and workshops. The accommodation and food at the hotel was really good too. We enjoyed our weekend so much, my husband and I have already booked to return. Thank you Donaheys for such a memorable weekend!
Donaheys always put on a fabulous weekend, however this time was especially difficult for me as I was the first strictly weekend without my lovely mum who very sadly passed away last year in June. I was very emotional but I had my godmother and I some how got through the weekend. I had an amazing time and loved all the dance classes. I can’t thank the Donaheys enough for such a fabulous weekend and I can’t wait to see you all again next year. 🙂
A weekend that surpassed our expectations with a very reluctant husband we learned to laugh and although very slow at picking up the steps in our lessons it didnt dampen our enthusiasm. Each and everyone of the Strictly Stars were great fun. To Paul and his team thank you. Cant believe we have booked for 2023 - my husbands suggestion - miracle. 😂🤣
What a weekend. Absolutely loved it. The strictly stars were just incredible. Both from the amazing showcases they performed and also the workshops they ran. My husband and I are absolute beginners and they made the classes fun and manageable. Paul and his team did a fantastic job and had thought of everything to make the weekend perfect. Cannot recommend it enough. Met some lovely people (who love strictly as much as I do). The professional dancers were outstanding too. My face aches from smiling. It was up there as one of the best weekends I have ever had. Will definitely be returning returning
one of the best things i have ever done in my life! as a non dancer i was nervous about going, but boy am i happy i went. the team were amazing, there is something for all abilities and it was the most amazing atmosphere. the strictly stars were the icing on the cake and for a mad crazy strictly fan like me it just made a great weekend even greater! we will definitely be looking at booking for next year!
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!
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 ❤️💃🏼
‘Just an official thanks to all the Donahey’s team. Windsor was my fifth weekend with you and I think it probably rates as the best yet. Certainly the most emotional. Tears rolling down my cheeks after the Family Von Boyce dance and Ian and Natalie’s Fotxtrot. Stunning.
I know how much work goes into an event like this and I hope you get as much buzz out of it as your customers do. The hotel was good, the food was the best yet in my opinion and the schedule went seamlessly through the three days. I thought the introduction of the try-to-remember-and-practice-the-workshop-steps was a good move and welcomed by many whose memory bank gets a bit bewildered through an inability to take so much in!!
Anyway, a BIGGGGGGGGGGGGG thank you.’ Ann & Chas
Thank you all for a wonderful weekend! Extremely well organised and a great venue, we had a FAB-U-LOUS time.
The Stars and Donaheys team alike were all brilliant during our lessons. The Show Dances were ALL breath taking, but especially, Warren & Kristi’s Waltz, Darren & Lilia’s Paso and Ian and Natalie’s Foxtrot! How lucky were we to experience all of that in one weekend!
We would highly recommend Donahey’s and Dancing with the Stars weekend to anyone. Len and Jo
We really, really enjoyed the weekend with you and look forward to seeing you again in March Trevor and Lorraine
I want to say thank you to you and your team for a fantastic weekend. Both my wife and I enjoyed the three days far more than we thought we could have done. Every element of the event was exceptionally well planned, and we were impressed by the friendly and approachable nature of your whole team. This, coupled with the superb workshops and showcases has left us with memories that we will never forget. We will return, along with some additional family members.. Jon & Tara
A massive Thank You to you, Shirley and your wonderful team for a fantastic weekend….. my first and certainly not my last! We have both booked up for next year.
With best wishes and, again, huge thanks to you for what was an absolutely brilliant weekend and, for me, the best introduction I could possibly have had to the world of ballroom dancing. Amanda & Jan
Just a huge thank you for a fabulous weekend at Old Windsor. The venue, the workshops, the showcases, everything absolutely fab…u..lous! Enjoy your rest, well done to you and your team. We cannot forget something so good, we even practised some steps yesterday evening! Robert & Julie
Congratulations on organising a fantastic weekend at the Beaumont Estate, it was truly memorable Patrick & Claire
We just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the Windsor ‘Dancing with the stars’ weekend. Once again, your teams thorough planning and organisation of the weekend (not to mention their hard work on the weekend itself!) resulted in it being a resounding success.
All of the classes we attended were excellent, and both of the evening events were fantastic, with show dances from the stars that were truly memorable. We would also like to say what a treat it was to dance to a big band – they were superb. The venue was well chosen, and I must say the food was very good – which was an added bonus.
Thank you so much for putting together such a wonderful package of classes and entertainment. We are already looking forward to joining you again next year – for both of the weekends! Ruth & John
Paul, Amy, Shirley and all the Donaheys team, what a fantastic weekend, Jack and I had a ball! Thanks once again, it really was amazing. Sam and Jack
Looking forward to another amazing weekend. Julie & Keith
We both absolutely loved the weekend, one of the best weekends we have had so thank you! Sharon & David
Thank you for the wonderful weekend in Windsor, Jane and myself really enjoyed our time and appreciate the amount of hard work that you and your team must have gone to Darren & Jane
I felt I had to say what a fabulous weekend we had at Windsor. Everything was well organised and the shows were fantastic. I agree with your comment about the family dance it was Brilliant and unforgettable.
We nearly booked up for next year but we wanted to tell our Dancing School what a fabulous weekend it was and see if anyone wanted to be included for next year. I will be in touch, once again Brilliant. John & Brenda
We just wanted to say Thank you to you all for a great weekend. My best Christmas present ever! Everyone was so friendly and helpful and made us feel welcome. We made a few new friends and loved table 12 so much so have rebooked so we can meet up again next June. We both had such a lovely time and even Trev is continuing to dance. The challenge is on for him to be in the blue group next year. Watch this space!! Wishing you all a successful year ahead and look forward to seeing you all again in Windsor next year.
Keeeeep dancing Heather & Trevor
Firstly to say very many thanks for an absolutely excellent weekend at Windsor and thank you so much for accommodating Raphael and me as a late booking. We came away on a high!
We really enjoyed sitting up in the far corner, on the table of beginners, who all seemed to be in absolute awe of your event, especially as they are obviously not used to getting ‘up close and personal’ with the gorgeous professional dancers, nor at seeing the fabulous demos which us more experienced people are used to. It seemed from their feedback that they somehow imagined it would all be much more ‘distanced’, like in a theatre or something, and certainly not so ‘full on’. I know you definitely had some firm converts from our table – and what you are doing for the name of ballroom dancing is just so laudable.
Many thanks once again. Heather & Raphael
On behalf of our group, Barry and I want to say a big thank you for such a professional organised weekend of ballroom/latin dancing, showcases and tuition. Our group have not enjoyed such an event ever. It was wonderful. Marylene & Barry Neale
Just a quick thank you for a super weekend. You and your team worked hard to make everything work and it was much appreciated. See you all next year. John & Julie Ward
Hi Paul, Just to say a big thank you to you and your gang for, well we thought, the best weekend ever. The structure was great. The order of the dance classes was excellent, and therefore plenty for the beginners to dance to on the Saturday night. We loved all the lessons, but Cha cha and Jive were brilliant. Ola and James and Karen and Kevin……..WOW! We had an absolutely fab time, and will see you next year Phil, Steph, Mary and Alex
Thank you for a brilliant weekend. I can’t believe you packed in so much into 3 days. We are going to book for Windsor in 2014 and will be taking our daughters and their partners. Neal and Sian
Thank you to you, and all the Donahey’s staff for a wonderful weekend at Alton Towers. We had a fabulous time and as usual in the main that is down to your hard work, planning and preparation. We are looking forward to next year’s event already! Danny & Brenda
We had a fantastic time and have been impressed with the organisation and the amount of learning and entertainment packed into the weekend. Ruth & John
Hi everyone at the Donaheys team
Myself and my husband have just arrived back in Dumfries from your Alton towers weekend dancing with the stars. My husband Mark surprised me with this weekend as a Christmas gift and I was utterly thrilled. He’s not a dance fan but I’m a huge strictly fan but to be honest with you I thought it would be one of those things where the stars turn up and wave! How wrong I was! I just had to drop you a line to congratulate you and your wonderful team for making our weekend such a magical fabulous time. I organise a festival up here so I understand what it takes to make things go as smoothly as they did. And not only was it a fabulous weekend, Mark and I enjoyed ourselves so much, it will be a memory we will treasure for ever. Congratulations to you all for producing such a fantastic event and thank you all so much for making it such a memorable weekend for us. Karen Clapperton
As first time attendees we were very impressed with the standard of organisation achieved by you and your team, the chance to see the professionals dance close up was truly amazing. Alan & Christine
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for a great weekend at Alton Towers resort hotel. I reluctantly booked the tickets for my wife and I after she said that I hadn’t taken her dancing in the 13 years that we had been married. So, we came, we danced and………………………………………. I LOVED IT! ………and so did she! Anyhow, what a surprise! Many thanks Paul and will see you in Windsor 2014! Neil and Yolanda Frost
Thank you for a really wonderful weekend of dance. The hotel was top notch, the food delicious — and I even lost weight because of the nearly non-stop dancing all weekend! Usually I can’t get enough dancing, but I will confess to being footsore by the end of the Viennese Waltz session. We truly enjoyed the classes and the big band was a real treat. Karen & Bernard
Congratulations on your marvellous 2012 weekend break at Alton Towers. The venue, workshops & shows were fantastic, but what stands out is your amazing friendliness, and the organisational skills of managing such a massive event at such an affordable cost – you should have been responsible for organising the Olympics! We would also like to offer our congratulations as you celebrate 44 years, what amazing events will you be hosting in your Jubilee year…. Michelle & Stuart
Just arrived home after a BRILLIANT Dancing with the Stars @ Alton Towers. Congratulations to Shirley/Paul and all the team for such an excellent time. You should all be proud of the event you put on. Many many thanks! Jan & Paul
Thank you so much for an absolutely fabulous weekend. This was our first time
with you and we enjoyed it so much we have booked to do it all again next year.. We came home tired but happy. Hazel & Denis
Just wanted to thank you for yet another superb dancing weekend – can they get any better. Warren and Kristi’s son was particularly amazing. 44 years of dancing – you must be so proud? Hazel
Thank you for last weekend, we truly had the best time ever. Geoffrey & Nicola
Thank you once again for a fabulous weekend, the whole weekend was so professionally run – very impressive. We were both beginners at the start of the weekend but will be taking lessons over the next year so we can enjoy the weekend even more when we return next March. We just wish we lived near Manchester to be able to attend your classes. Thank you to all the Donahey’s team for their help and friendliness over the weekend. You all worked so hard. The teaching was all excellent. Jane & Ian
The whole event was PHENOMENAL. The dance shows in the evening were stunning and spectacular and it has been a tremendous privilege to see such top pro’s in such an intimate environment; like a private show. The workshops were great fun AND we learned loads. The staff were all really helpful and polite. The venue was perfect.
We’re both physically tired but delighted that we came to our first such event. We have already booked for next year; of course! Your efforts are hugely appreciated. A fantastic job supremely well done’ Martin & Angela
Thank you for a fabulous weekend, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. All the members of our party (of 24) who had not been before were very pleasantly surprised by how much they enjoyed themselves and the whole dancing experience. So well done to you all yet again!’ Eddie & Linda
Well done a fab weekend Gill
This was a stunning weekend. As a non-dancer I was dragged along by my dancing wife, reluctant and resistant all the way. I expected to feel foolish, inept and inferior, and I suspected Alton Towers would be tacky and plastic. I am delighted to say that I could not have been more wrong on every count! The hotel was fun and high quality, and the staff were the friendliest and most genuine I have ever encountered (sample size of hundreds of hotels world wide), right up to the doorman dancing with my wife! The Donaheys staff were brilliant from the first welcome to the last farewell; the workshops with Strictly stars were so good that I felt like a dancer within minutes and even had the confidence to venture out in the evenings – with absolutely no disdainful looks from anyone, no matter how advanced.
I hugely enjoyed every minute of the weekend – so much so that I bought a pair of dancing shoes and I can’t wait for my next lesson! Thanks to you and to your team for everything, and we look forward to bringing a group with us next year. Julian & Swann
Thanks for a lovely weekend. Steven
Had a fantastic weekend. Classes were great, show was amazing. Venue perfect. Dave & Josie
What a fantastic weekend! You must be really delighted that all that planning came together to deliver such a great end product. Thank you on behalf of all our pupils who had the benefit of being there to enjoy it. Please keep up the good work and pass our thanks to your team. Thanks again for a brilliant weekend. Alan & Linda
This was our first dance weekend and we were a little nervous as we only had a little dance experience. Did not need to worry. Everyone was friendly & welcoming, classes were well spaced out and taught at just the right level. Hotel facilities were great, service wonderful and food very good. Meeting & watching the strictly stars dance was an added bonus & gave us a standard to aim for. Tracy
You’ve outdone yourself this time. Well done. Steve
What an amazing weekend! We have enjoyed every single second. We have enjoyed all the workshops. Meeting the professionals has been a true experience and it has been wonderful to be tutored by them. The workshops run by your team have been great fun and we have learnt so much. This has been such a professionally run weekend we cannot fault it. The shows were outstanding. We very much enjoyed the Milonga hour where the professionals were able to give their personal instructions. Helen & Neil
Thank you for a perfect weekend! The venue is great, the food good and the showcase performances were fantastic. We loved all the strictly performances especially Vincent & Flavia and their workshops were all excellent I’m sure we learned more in a weekend here than we have in the past year! All the best, hope to see you again. Jim & Jacquie
Just wanted to say thank you for giving us such a great time last weekend. Everything went so smoothly that there must have been a tremendous amount of work going on in the background – but you were all so friendly and relaxed that the work you put in was never obvious. The standard of teaching by the Donahey’s team was incredible – wish we lived closer to you. Unfortunately can’t join you in 2012 but will be back in 2013. Thanks again. Mary and Davy
Great weekend. Dancers were fabulous. Ian & Natalie were amazing teachers, very attentive to people’s needs. A very enjoyable weekend. Thank you. Sarah
Once again you and your staff did an outstanding job and the venue was simply fantastic. We enjoyed every minute of it. You do a fantastic job and we are looking forward to next year already! In our opinion your weekender is the best dance weekender we attend all year! Danny & Brenda
Thank you very much. We have thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. The workshops were terrific and well organised. The showcases from all the professionals were out of this world. Also the burlesque workshop was the funniest experience of the weekend. Thanks again. Lisa & Susan
Second time. Superb event, well run. Wonderful evening shows. Great venue. Donahey’s staff and instructors as friendly and helpful as ever. We will be back. Brill – thanks. Mark
Fabulous weekend. Stars were great. Well organised. Judith
Was worried classes would be too difficult but they were just right and well structured. Good to have breaks between workshops. Jan
As usual a very well organised event with a great mix of workshops to suit everyone and amazing shows from the pro dancers. The new venue is stunning and the food lovely. Another cracking weekend for the fab Donahey’s team. Sandra
Totally fab!! Sean
Fantastic weekend! Everything was well organised and we were looked after well. We thoroughly enjoyed all the workshops, the evening dancing and the entertainment. But the highlights were definitely the strictly stars – watching them and dancing with them. Wow! You’re all our favourites. Steve and Angie
The cha cha workshop with Darren & Lilia was very good and well suited to the experience level of the class. All 3 of the professional workshops were excellent. The waltz with Ian & Natalie was particularly well taught. Helen, Karin & Karen
Fantastic weekend, lovely staff, great shows. Venue excellent. Well run & great time had by all. Neil & Michelle
Excellent weekend, brilliant organisation. Demos and showcases were fabulous. Venue excellent, lovely friendly people. Had fab weekend and will come back. Robert & Julie
So far an absolutely great weekend at a fab venue. Well done Paul & Shirley. The Donahey’s team were very friendly & remembered us from last year – a nice touch to make us welcome. Thank you. Irene
Our first strictly weekend and we enjoyed every second of it. Definitely coming back next year! An action packed, thoroughly enjoyable workshop/schedule. Overall a fabulous weekend. Russell & Jo
We really enjoyed the weekend. Fantastic shows, fantastic workshops, fantastic organisation! Weekend ran really smoothly. We will be back next year. Tracey & Kay
Superb weekend beyond our expectations. Excellent organisation. Strictly stars so professional and nice with it. Reawakened our interest in dancing. Ian
My daughter and her boyfriend only agreed to come because of the water-park. We can’t keep them out of the dance classes! The stars are excellent – entertaining, informative but also approachable. Donahey’s crew are absolutely great. Phil, Steph, Ben & Mary
Did not know what to expect – absolutely brilliant. Donahey’s staff lovely. Great dancing with the big band. Alistair & Kim
My husband and I have had a super weekend. Everything was really well organised Y timed. We look forward to coming next year. Eileen
Lovely weekend, very well organised. Alton Towers lovely venue. Very courteous & helpful staff. Kerstina
This is my 4th weekend with the Stars so you must be doing something right. Ian & Natalie were 1st class in every respect. AnnLoved the hotel. Organisation by your team was again very good. Amy and John particularly were very welcoming. Thank you. Pauline
The stars were absolutely great. They remain fun, informative, approachable and, well, gorgeous.
Staff lovely & very helpful especially Tracey. Loved the stars. Caroline
A fantastic & well organised weekend. Lots of variation of styles of dance & new ones to try. Would definitely recommend it. Fiona
We had a fabulous weekend , it was all good. Thank you for arranging such a truly special event and we have already booked for next year. As always we enjoy the music you select. John
A fabulous weekend. Lots of variation and lots to do. I applaud you. Donahey’s staff were all superb. Terry
Excellent weekend. Superb venue. Graham & Yvonne
Good venue. Excellent organisation. We have enjoyed the weekend. Ray & Maggie
Classes have been fabulous. Amazing having lessons with strictly stars. Samantha
Great weekend, fab venue and fantastic demonstrations. Great team of people – lovely group and fun as always. Emma
What a wonderful way to spend a special birthday (60th). We learnt so much and had so much fun. Valerie
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Analytical cookies are used to understand how visitors interact with the website. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.
YouTube sets this cookie via embedded youtube-videos and registers anonymous statistical data.
Google Tag Manager
The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookie stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to recognize unique visitors.
Set by Google to distinguish users.
Provided by Google Tag Manager to experiment advertisement efficiency of websites using their services.
Installed by Google Analytics, _gid cookie stores information on how visitors use a website, while also creating an analytics report of the website's performance. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously.