Very well organised, friendly welcomes throughout the weekend. Accommodation lovely, food lovely too.The workshops, on the whole, were excellent.... one was a bit disappointing but only because it was way above our level...Watching the pros was breathtaking, I loved the showcases and being taught by them was wonderful....We've booked already for next year, that tells you how good it was!!
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.
What another fantastic weekend at Celtic the Donaheys are really fabulous nothing is too much trouble it was our second visit there and we have already booked for next year at Windsor I would like to say a big thank you to Paul and the family and in particular Tracy from the team she was fantastic to me can't wait for March keep dancing x
We first did a Donaheys weekend five years ago, with just 4 of us. This year we were a group of 10 and we’ve already booked next year with 12!!!! It is without doubt, the best dance weekend ever and we can’t wait for 2020, to do it all again. The team are amazing and Paul, Amy & Shirley give 100% to ensure the event is unforgettable. Thank you all.
Everything about this weekend was first class, well planned and executed. So much fun and the opportunity to be taught by the Strictly professionals and other amazing dancers was wonderful. I’d thoroughly recommend it and can’t wait to go again
Wow! what a weekend. Fabulous stay at the Celtic Manor Hotel, absolutely huge. The workshops with the stars were so easy to learn a routine and take away with you. We looked forward to seeing the professionals in action, but were totally blown away. The choreography that went into Neil & Katya’s showcase was exceptional. The dance with Warren, Kristi, Glenn & Coraly brought tears to our eyes, so moving. But for me the dance workshop with Alijaz left me drooling 😘. Don’t remember much about the dance but his personality and gorgeous smile has definitely made him my favourite. Their show dances were fantastic as the finale to the weekend.The whole event is suitable for all levels of dancers, from the very beginner up to the more advanced. Everyone fitted in together and there was plenty of room over the two dance floors to practice their new moves.
The first one we attended was in April and it was a whole new magical experience. The July one this weekend was also wonderful. Value for money is an understatement. Paul and the Donaheys team are such lovely hosts. The Workshops are extremely good and the Showcases are simply out of this world. A very well organised event in a marvelous setting. Tears of joy and happiness awaits everyone. Tom and Tracey
Amazing weekend! So good we have already booked for the same one next year! The Donahey’s team work amazingly hard to ensure everything goes smoothly, and it is so very well organised. The stars are brilliant, both in their showcase dances and especially their teaching, explaining everything so well you can’t fail to pick up the routines! Bring on next year when we hope to learn even more!!
Another fabulous weekend with Donaheys. Smooth organisation, beautiful venue and wonderful dancing, let alone the terrific teachers. Booked again for next year and we can't wait to go back. John & Miriam
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
We loved every moment of our first Dancing with the Stars Weekend at the superb Celtic Manor Hotel, Newport.Being taught by the Strictly Stars and World Champion dancers was a fabulous experience, and watching them showcase their own dances was breathtaking, as they glided around the amazing ballroom.The whole weekend was beautifully organised by Paul, Amy, Shirley and the team and Vicky was such a help to us too.A truly memorable weekend !
Just returned from our second Donaheys weekend dancing with the professional from strictly . Can not fault anything.....from the hotel (Celic Manor), the food, the service, the Donaheys team and of course the pros from strictly. AMAZING .......The workshops were great fun, we managed well even though we're more ballroom ( sequence ) than Latin but the pros had the routines well planned.Re-booked immediately for next year at Beuamont Grange 💃🎶💃🎶💃🎶Keeeeeeep Dancing
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!!
Our first Dancing with the Stars weekend, it was fab-u-lous. As absolute beginners we are leaving with the basic steps for Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha Cha, Argentine tango, Rumba, Quickstep and Jive. Now we just have to Keep Dancing!
The weekend at Celtic Manor went way beyond my expectations. My wife and I are both beginners and never felt isolated or embraced one bit. The organisation of the weekend was first class, the participation of the stars was full on, not just a half hour hear and there, no a real interaction, very entertaining and extremely professional. The evening shows were absolutely stunning, again not just a quick 5 minutes, no a real performance with full audience interaction with question and answer sessions. We have been so impressed we have already booked for 2019 and have persuaded some friends to join us, this will be their first time. A truly fantastic weekend, very much value for money and one I cannot recommend enough. The Donahey family fully deliver what they promise, are interested in all skill levels and people, give time and energy to the weekend which enables you to really learn dances. Good fun and very memorable Thank you to all. Lloyd and Sue Snowden
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
Spent last weekend at Windsor Dancing With The Stars with Donaheys ,if you love dancing and making new friends there is no better place,friendly ,exciting,and lots or fun , lots of love John and Tracy Daly.
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! 😊
If you’re wondering if you should attend Donaheys dancing with the stars weekend, the answer is yes, yes, yes!We have just returned from our first year there and it was so amazing we’ve booked again for next year.It is so professional, so organised and so well thought through. The Donaheys team are amazing and make it all work like a well oiled machine. You don’t need to worry about a thing, they take care of it all for you.Your days are jam packed full if you want them to be. Loads of workshops to attend where you learn from absolute professionals. The evening showcases are just magical and you also get a chance to practice the steps you learned that day.We were beginners and were treated with such dignity and respect. It was so much fun.Absolutely everyone we spoke to couldn’t speak more highly of the weekend if they tried.We loved it and can’t wait for next year.
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.
Another fabulous dancing with the stars weekend. Paul and the whole team are amazing, kind, courteous and helpful.We had lots of wonderful workshops including from the stars of strictly and competitive dancers. The evening showcases were out of this world and it was great to dance again. We've already booked our next one and can't wait. Thanks so much Donaheys. Highly recommended xx
Always wanted to see the professional dancers of strictly and decided to book the weekend with a very reluctant husband. I cannot thank Donaheys enough for the most fabulous weekend. Although we both don't dance managed to laugh trying to learn. Thanks to Erin, Anton, Aljaz, Janette, Gorka and Karen for the fun and patience we are coming next year.
Donaheys weekends are amazing! The team are so welcoming, helpful, fun and professional. The weekend is packed full and extremely good value for money. There is just no question that we book again before we leave for the next year! Thank you all for another brilliant weekend. Lisa & Graham
A truly wonderful weekend. Dance lessons with the professional dancers a true delight. The shows and professional attention to detail a tribute to Donnahey’s organisational abilities. We wined, dined, danced and made some incredible new friends. So no hesitation in recommending these events so much so we have already booked for next year.
What a stunning weekend of dance! After two years away Donaheys Dancing with the Stars Weekends were back and how! As always the Donahey's weekend at Alton Towers was so professionally organised with Strictly dance stars doing master classes and amazing shows. We all had the opportunity to dance in the superb ballroom and to live music. Thoroughly recommended and we'll definitely be back next year.
Just back from what was the most incredible weekend. My face aches from smiling. The event Donahey’s lay on for their guests is second to none. I agree initially the amount sounds like a lot of money but boy is it worth it. The dance lessons are fun and informative. The strictly pro’s treat you like friends. The Friday night dancing was amazing and Saturday night was just outstanding. The showcases from the pro’s will blow your mind. Honestly the best weekend I have ever had (except my wedding weekend). Only criticism for us was the hotel standard(Alton Towers) wasn’t great and food not the best but it in no way took away the weekend enjoyment. I have booked for Celtic Manor next year and am already excited. Massive thank you to Paul, Amy, Shirley and Team for all the fun and looking after us ❤️ also met some amazing people
My mum and I attended the Alton towers weekend for the first time and immediately booked back up for next year! It was amazing and felt a real privilege to be able to have lessons from the strictly pros and the other wonderful dance teachers. The showcases were absolutely fabulous. All in all, very well organised and such a special treat, would highly recommend
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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!
Fabulous weekend in Windsor at our second Dancing with the Stars events. Think it was made even more special by the fact that we’d been waiting to get there for 2 years because of COVID. Donaheys is a brilliant team and the organisation of these events is second to none. Great group of people, great venues, great learning opportunities (whatever your level) and the showcases that the professionals do - all I can say is “WOW”. We’ve booked again for next year.
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 ❤️💃🏼
When you invest in dance lessons with Donaheys you are getting the benefit of up to 50 years of experience, you are taught in a friendly and fun atmosphere and you meet lovely like-minded people. If you enjoy dancing you cannot fail to be hooked after the first lesson. Each set of dances are tailored to your ability to help you feel a part of the Donaheys family. My wife and I took it up over 5 years ago and are still enjoying every lesson. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!
Am still talking about our 2nd year running brilliant Dancing with the Stars weekend in Windsor having returned from The Beaumont Estate last weekend. Such an enjoyable and well organised event thanks to the great and very hard working Donahey’s team. It all runs like clockwork! Such a privilege to be taught by the Strictly stars, USA national ballroom champions, Maria and Leandro and of course Donahey’s Tony Bennett!! The shows were amazing and so lovely to watch so close from the edge of the ballroom! Loved it! As Anton said..... “ is the BEST dance weekend!! “ Thank you.
What a wonderful, fun packed, and exhilarating weekend! It was full on - we didn't stop, but enjoyed every minute - would highly recommend - so much so we have re-booked for next year - a magical weekend whatever your dance level/ability - thank you
1st time with Donaheys well what can we say just - WOW what a fabulous weekend of dance, workshops especially with the strictly stars and plus all the amazing shows. What ever level of dancer you are you will have an amazing time. It's so well organised so friendly, GO ON GIVE IN A GO. Thank you to Donaheys and all the helpers for a wonderful weekend. We will be back. Annette & Roger
An amazing dancing with the stars weekend. Superb organisation, brilliant workshops and breathtaking showcases. Everything was so enjoyable. For anyone who loves dance they need to experience a Donaheys weekend. Thank you to the whole team
We absolutely loved our weekend with Donaheys, the staff, the hotel, the celebrities and our table friends were all fabulous, and although I concede I am clearly not a natural ballroom dancer, we have had a real blast, Thank You to all x
Celtic Manor ‘Dancing with the stars’ weekend was a blast from start to finish. All the lessons were amazing, although there was so much to take in we were glad to pay for the videos which were available by the evening to remind us of the steps we learned earlier. We enjoyed everything. It was all perfect and excellent value for money. Can’t wait to go again next year!
Back from our first Donaheys Dancing With The Stars weekend at Celtic Manor. What can I say, the event was awesome from the workshops with the Strictly stars to the incredible showcase dances. We have some new dance routines which is brilliant. The location, the organisation, the teachers, the ballroom, the big band.... everything was first class. Neil & Katya Jones’ jive routine I really enjoyed but that said, they were all great fun... and We just had to book up again for next year. Thanks Donaheys for a truly superb weekend
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 😜😜
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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 �
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.
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!
‘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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