Friday 14th – Sunday 16th June 2019
De Vere Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, Berkshire
Apologies, our June 2019 Windsor weekend is now completely sold-out. We do still have limited availability for our April 2019 Windsor weekend, details below; Reserve your places now.
Weekend Break with the stars of Strictly Come Dancing
Friday 5th – Sunday 7th April 2019
4* De Vere Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor, Berkshire
** LATE AVAILABILITY ** 2 bedrooms now available.
Spend the weekend with your favourite stars of Strictly Come Dancing at the impressive 4* De Vere Beaumont Estate Hotel.
Join; Gorka Marquez & Karen Clifton, Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara, Katya Jones, Neil Jones, British National & World Ballroom Champions Warren & Kristi Boyce plus Argentine Tango stars Leandro Palou & Maria Tsiatsiani.
Enjoy 3 days of spectacular dance showcases as the stars perform up close & personal for a truly intimate experience unlike any other – learn to dance with them, plus hear all about their Strictly journeys.
Just take a look what’s included in
Donahey’s Dancing with The Stars Weekend;
Current Early Bird Booking Price
3 days, 2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Only £479 per person if booked before 30th Nov ‘18
£489pp if booked before 31st Dec ‘18, £499pp thereafter.
Book today with just £100 per person deposit – the remaining balance is due 25th January 2019.
Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara
We’re delighted to bring you Strictly Come Dancing Champion Aljaz Skorjanec & Janette Manrara. Strictly champ Aljaz from Slovenia is a 19-time Slovenian champion in Ballroom, Latin and Ten dance; Miami born Janette starred in hit US series So You Think You Can Dance. Together they were lead dancers in sensational West End show Burn The Floor. They promise an amazing showcase and superb dance lessons, prepare to be impressed.Learn More…
We’re delighted to bring you a sensational new pairing for 2019…..World Mambo Champion Karen Clifton will be partnering with Spanish Sensation Gorka Marquez to bring us some amazing Latin workshops and stunning performances, prepare to be impressed with this brand new sizzling hot dance partnership. Learn More…
Reigning Strictly Come Dancing Champion Katya Jones & Neil Jones are British pro dancers on Strictly Come Dancing. Together they represent England and are currently British, European & World Latin American Champions. Katya & Neil have been dancing together for over 10 years and in the Professional Latin category are currently ranked No 1 in England. You can expect an amazing showcases and fiery Latin workshops from these two British Pro’s. Read More…
British National & IDU World Ballroom Dance Champions Warren & Kristi Boyce are a Record 8 x reigning British National Professional Ballroom Champions. Warren & Kristi compete all over the world, representing England as one of the most in demand world class Ballroom couples. They are Carl Alan Award Winners for the Most Outstanding Professional Couple – prepare to be impressed with their breathtaking Ballroom showcase. Read More…
Leandro Palou & Maria Tsiatsiani
Leandro Palou and Maria Tsiatsiani are one of the UK’s most in demand Argentine Tango teachers and performers. They tour extensively around the world including, international congresses, festivals and theatre shows. Directors of the biggest Tango Academy in the UK, their long list of credentials include; BBC Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing On Ice, performing in West End shows, Midnight Tango, MTV plus Judges & Instructors at The International Tango Festival in Buenos Aires.
Donahey’s Adult only dance weekends are truly inspirational and a great chance to learn to dance, improve your dancing, try new styles, learn new steps, develop your technique along with a fabulous opportunity to be taught by the actual stars of Strictly Come Dancing. Alternatively why not just sit back and soak up the fabulous atmosphere of this great weekend in this stunning resort. If you’re not sure what to expect, take a look at some of the fabulous testimonials we have received from the actual stars of Strictly & this years guests.
The Beaumont Estate’s stunning Air Conditioned Hanover Ballroom, at nearly 6,000sq ft, will offer us 3,500sq ft of amazing sprung wooden dance floor – one of the largest dance floors in the country. The Hanover Ballroom benefits from floor to ceiling windows, along with it’s own private bars & reception areas – this impressive venue is just perfect for our dance weekend. Plus, the Beaumont Lounge will offer guests a beautiful second daytime Workshop venue at over 1,700sq ft.
Dance workshops will be offered for all levels in; Ballroom, Latin American, Argentine Tango, Salsa, Swing, American Smooth & more. Unlike other dance holidays where you are restricted to just two 45min workshops, we guarantee you a minimum of 7-hours workshops with the actual stars and your Donahey’s team – you don’t have to take part in any of them though if you don’t want!
If you’ve never danced before this is a Strictly experience you’ll never forget; Amazing shows to see, live music to enjoy, beginner dance lessons with the stars to try, questions & answers sessions – and so much more all under one roof, who knows who you’ll bump into around the hotel!
Book your places today to avoid disappointment as these are hugely popular sell-out events.
During 2017 De Vere group are investing £15million into an extensive refurbishment programme across the entire Beaumont Estate.
200 Bedrooms fully refurbished, the addition of the stylish new Wessex Wing Bedrooms (shown below), new flagship Bar & Restauraunt 1705, main restauraunt & reception areas refurbished, extensive grounds works, plus refurbishment of the Hanover & Hampton Ballrooms & lounges.
We are confident this extensive investment programme will provide all our guests a higher quality and more superior experience than ever before here at Beaumont Estate – with investment already evident this year throughout our ballrooms plus the new & refurbished bedrooms.
‘Paul, you’re such a Superstar for organising such a fabulous event’ Anton Du Beke
‘Is it me or do Donahey’s run the best dance weekends in the country….Kevin Clifton
‘What an amazing weekend! Thank you so much for inviting us, we are so happy to be part of your beautiful event. A clear 10 from me!’ Aljaz Skorjanec
‘I know we say this every year, but this really is the best dance weekend in the UK. So well organised and so much dancing. We love working with Donahey’s, you always know you’ll get such a professionally run event. Thank you to Donahey’s for organising such wonderful events’Ian Waite
‘Our 3rd year at a Donaheys dance weekend. Thank you for letting Kevin and I be part of this fabulous event. Lots of love x’ Karen Hauer
‘Donaheys organise the number 1 dance event in the country. We really look forward to Donahey’s dance weekends; they’re so well organised, great venues and a fabulous audience. Thank you so much Paul.’Natalie Lowe
‘What a FAB-U-LOUS event to attend. A real feel good weekend, cannot wait to be back’ Janette Manrara
‘What an incredible event, we loved every second of it. So much on offer from all the Strictly couples & classes, we love being part of it. Kevin Clifton
‘Thank you to Donahey’s, in our opinion Donahey’s are one of the best-organised events we attend, they always look after you the guest and us the artist – thank you’ Vincent Simone
‘Congratulations to the Donahey’s for finding the most amazing venue. How brilliant is Alton Towers – a diamond in the country. We love working with the Donahey’s – you always know you’ll get such a professionally run event’ Ian Waite
“What can I say? What a great weekend. We do shows all over the country but never have we had so much fun and met so many great people. I have to say Donaheys have done an amazing job organising the whole weekend, hope to be back soon!” James & Ola Jordan
‘Alton Towers is a great venue, we love it here’ ‘We’ve had great feedback from a lot of people about your event at Alton towers it was a fantastic weekend’ Darren Bennett & Lilia Kopylova
‘Absolutely amazing, well organised and an extremely fun filled weekend. So much to take part in and everyone having such a great time’ Karen Hardy
‘Dance weekends with Donahey’s are a fun and exciting break for anyone who loves to dance or wants to learn. They are very professionally organised and they really look after you. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and the team are great. A must for your diary’Flavia Cacace
Situated in Windsor, De Vere Beaumont Estate is a charming and modern hotel set in 40 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens.
This impressive estate set in the rolling countryside is the perfect destination
for our ‘everything under one roof’ Dancing With The Stars Weekends.
Leisure facilities include an indoor 20m swimming pool, gym, squash courts & tennis courts, alternatively why not take a leisurely walk within the beautiful 40 acres of manicured grounds.
All bedrooms have everything you need for a comfortable and relaxing stay – and are furnished in a contemporary style. Facilities include en-suite bathroom, flat screen television, direct dial telephone, clock-radio, hairdryer, trouser press and hospitality tray. For a small upgrade charge, you can take advantage of one of the Superior or Executive Rooms.
Why not fly…Only 15mins from Heathrow – around a £35 cab fare.
View our event on the offical De Vere Beaumont Estate website here
The Stunning Hanover Ballroom is the centre piece of Devere Beaumont Estate and is transformed into a spectacular & dazzling Ballroom for our event.
What do our amazing weekends truly have in store for you?
Here you can download one of our previous Dancing With The Stars Weekend souvenir programmes – see for yourselves how fabulous our weekends are. This example was our April 2018 Windsor weekend….enjoy!
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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.
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
Throughout your dance weekend you will have the services of Donahey’s dedicated on-site team of Dance Teachers; Dancers; Helpers & Assistants including Paul, Shirley & Amy Donahey who are all there to ensure your dance weekend runs smoothly and is full of the right kind of memories.
During 2019 we’re pleased to be offering 5 fab-u-lous Dancing With The Stars Weekends at stunning venues across the UK. Whichever dance weekend you initially book with us we are happy to offer you the flexibility to switch your booking between any of our 2019 Dancing With The Stars Weekends.
This added benefit provides you with peace of mind should a personal engagement crop up, or indeed your favourite must-see Strictly star appear at one of our weekends…..
There is absolutely no administration charge for transfering upto 31st Oct 2018, after which point there is a small administration charge of £25 per person. Subject to availability and no later than 10 weeks prior to your original dance weekend booking. The prevailing selling rate at the time of transfer will apply to your new weekend, therefore a rate difference, either up or down, may apply.
This isn’t a weekend break organised by a holiday company or a hotel with some dancing available – this is an exclusive weekend bursting at the seams with dancing, organised by dance experts. Our weekend will give you the chance to be close to the stars of TV – and will be one you’ll remember for years to come.
Our Dancing With The Stars Weekend is a wonderful, relaxed social weekend and would NOT be suitable for competitive dancers – simply come along and enjoy yourselves! Enjoy seeing Strictly Come Dancing Stars performing live up close and personal
Friday 5th – Sunday 7th April 2019
Beaumont Estate Hotel, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 2JJ
Take advantage of the great offers we have available if you book early.
Current Early Bird Booking Price
3 days, 2 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
Only £479 per person if booked before 30th Nov ‘18
£489pp if booked before 31st Dec ‘18, £499pp thereafter.
Pay just £100 deposit to secure your place,
with the remaining balance not due until 25th January 2019.
Throughout the weekend you can enjoy over 7 hours of dedicated beginners dance classes especially designed for guests who have never danced before or maybe have taken a few classes and want to build their confidence on the dance-floor.
The great news is you will be taught your first dance steps by the stars of Strictly…wow, what better way to learn to dance? You’ll enjoy 4 hours of beginners dance classes with the stars of the weekend, plus 3 hours of beginner’s lessons with your Donahey’s team.
We’ve listened to customer feedback and are pleased to offer a special beginners refresher hour early Saturday evening – before the main Black Tie Ball begins. Here we’ll go over some of the dances you’ve learnt over the weekend – a perfect re-cap for you. Plus, we always teach a fun & easy dance during both Friday & Saturday evening.
So as well as sitting back and enjoying the spectacular shows and the fabulous live music, you’ll be able to learn to dance with the stars of TV, and of course enjoy the stunning setting of our fabulous venue and all the facilities it has to offer.
It truly will be a weekend made of great memories
This will be an amazing opportunity for you to enhance your dancing and be taught by some of the world’s finest dancers.
You’ll learn tailored new choreography in Ballroom & Latin dances, developing your technique & style, most of all though you’ll actually be taught by the stars of Strictly Come Dancing – what better way to learn?
We offer you either 7 hours of dedicated Improver/Intermediate dance lessons, or 7 hours of Advanced dance lessons. You’ll enjoy 4 hours of dance lessons with the stars of the weekend, plus 3 hours of lessons with your Donahey’s team, all you need do is let us know which level of lessons you would like to take.
Plus as well as Friday & Saturday evening’s social dancing, we host afternoon practice sessions where you can come along and practice what you’ve learnt.
You really will take away so much from the weekend, just take a look below at what previous guests had to say…
Why not upgrade your weekend and stay in the magnificent White House Hotel?
Featuring stunning suites & bedrooms, this feature hotel within the Beaumont Estate, comprises 16 premium deluxe bedrooms and ten lavish suites; it also boasts private check-in facilities & VIP parking.
Why not take a 10min stroll down to The River Thames where you can take a River Boat Cruise through Windsor or stroll along the scenic Thames Tow Path. Beaumont Estate is a fantastic base for visiting picturesque Windsor, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Ascot Racecourse, Savill Gardens & The Wentworth Golf Course, which are all under 15 minutes away.
The Beaumont Estate is a short 41minute train journey to
London Waterloo, where you could enjoy time in Central London.
The Donahey’s family have been organising spectacular dance events and teaching children & adults across Manchester & South Devon to dance for over 49 years. We pride ourselves on the quality of all our classes and events. Our hugely successful ‘Dancing with The Stars Weekend’s’ are now in their 10th year – we thoroughly enjoy them and we go out of our way to ensure our customers do too.
Donahey’s is recommended by, and affiliated to the world’s largest dance teacher’s organisation, the IDTA – rest assured Donahey’s have worked hard to establish a name you can trust along with an exceptional reputation in the Dancing world.
The professional dancers from Strictly Come Dancing will teach 4 of your workshops. 3 hours of additional workshops will be offered by your highly experienced Donahey’s team – and there’s no need to pre-book these workshops.
Absolutely, this is a Strictly experience you’ll never forget; Amazing shows to see, live music to enjoy, beginner dance lessons with the stars to try, questions & answers sessions – and so much more all under one roof. Plus of course you have all the facilities that the fabulous hotel has to offer you.
Our weekend is designed for enjoyment for all, whether you’ve never stepped foot on a dance floor before and want to sit back and enjoy the shows, or if your an experienced dancer and want to take part in the workshops & evening dancing. The level of your participation is entirely your decision, you can join in some of the workshops & dancing, or none at all – the choice is completely yours!
Workshops will be offered throughout the days aimed at mixed levels from beginners through to experienced. Styles of workshops include; Ballroom, Latin, Argentine Tango & more.
You’ll be offered over 7-hours of dance workshops, evenly spread across your whole dance weekend. 4 hours of Ballroom & Latin Dance classes with the stars of Strictly Come Dancing & Champions of the Dancing World – guaranteed for everyone and tailored specifically to your dancing ability. Plus an additional 3 hours of dance classes with Donahey’s highly experienced dance teachers in our second stunning ballroom – again tailored specifically to your dancing ability.
We’ll also offer a fun warm-up workshop Saturday morning, such as Latin Line – just to get you started nice & fresh. Remember you can take part in as many or as few of theses workshops as you like – it’s all upto you.
There’s absolutely no need to worry about pre-booking any of your workshops, we’ll reserve you places in all the workshops for your dance level – so all you need to do is come along and enjoy.
Each of our workshops are tailored to the dancing ability of your group.
A group of experienced dancers in whatever form, we find pick-up new steps & rhythm much easier than say a group of absolute beginners. So the overall progress in improver or advanced groups can be more rapid and therefore we can add more content & choreography for you in those workshops.
Don’t worry, we don’t anticipate everyone in the group will be Improver or Intermediate in those ‘additional workshop’ styles – just that they are dancers and able to follow and learn within a dance class easier than say absolute beginners.
The daytime is casual; the evenings will be smart look your best for some fab pictures! For your enjoyment Saturday evening will be a Black Tie Ball.
For dancing; on your feet something comfortable, dance shoes or flattish shoes – preferably not trainers. Suitable footwear with a non-slip sole MUST be worn at all times whilst on the dance floor. Regular sports trainers are not advised for dancing as they tend to stick to the floor. Strictly no steel, overly high or thin stiletto heels, steel toecaps, flip-flops, wedges or sandals to be worn on the dance floor and no bare-feet, socks or tights.
Our Dancing With The Stars Weekend is designed for enjoyment by adults only and regularly attracts a mix of all ages so you can be sure of a fun time – some families bring along 3 generations!
Please note our minimum age is 18.
2 nights en-suite accommodation; Friday & Saturday 3-course evening meal; Saturday & Sunday morning Full English Breakfasts; Dancing Friday & Saturday evening from 8pm till midnight; Workshops Friday evening, Saturday daytime & Sunday until around 1pm; Dance showcases Friday & Saturday evening plus our grand finale showcase Sunday lunchtime, Black Tie Ball Saturday evening.
Your hotel will have food, drinks & snack offerings available to purchase at various bars and restaurants across the hotel each day – so you can choose exactly what you would like such as a light healthy snack or something more filling.
Drinks & Lunch are not included in your package price.
All the hotel’s Donahey’s chooses for our events are a minimum of 4 star standard. For more information on each of our hotels, visit the dedicated webpage;
Of course, if you have any specific hotel requests whatsoever such as; extending your stay either side at preferential rates, rooms close to your friends, low floors, near a lift or wish to upgrade your facilities simply contact the hotel direct. Contact No’s will be highlighted in your confirmation letters
There will be fabulous showcases from the stars of Strictly Come Dancing, dancing for everyone plus on Saturday there will be live music with our 15-piece Big Band.
Certainly, when you fill out your booking form, just tell us who they are and we will reserve you seating at the same table in the ballroom!
You will be reserved seating at a floor-side table in the Main Ballroom for the whole weekend.
You will receive your complimentary 16-page souvenir programme upon registration with all the details of what we have to offer you over the weekend. I’m afraid due to production & printing deadlines we are unable to offer programmes in advance of the weekend.
Download one of our previous Dancing With The Stars Weekend souvenir programmes here and see what our weekends typically have in store for you. This example was our Windsor 2018 weekend….enjoy!
You are welcome to check-in to your hotel from 3pm onwards, 4pm at Celtic Manor. Dinner will be offered in the hotels main restaurant from 4.45pm – 7.30pm, our welcome dance commences in the main Ballroom from 8pm, the shows commence from 9.30pm.
On the Friday you will also be offered a one-hour workshop with the Strictly stars between 5pm – 8pm, timings are usually; Beginners 5pm, Social Dancers 6pm, Experienced Dancers 7pm.
Our last workshop on Sunday should finish around 1pm, our grand finale showcase should finish around 2.30pm.
Make sure you bring your camera for our exclusive ‘Photo Calls’ with the stars of the show, your chance to take some fabulous souvenir photographs of the stars.
To make a cheque payment, simply post your cheque, payable to ‘DONAHEY’S EVENTS LTD’, and tear off payment slip from your booking confirmation letter to; Donaheys Events Ltd, PO Box 126, Kingsbridge, TQ7 9BB.
To make a BACS payment, please ensure you quote the lead passenger surname & your booking code. Our bank details are; Sort Code; 30-98-12. Account No; 14712860. Account Name; DONAHEY’S EVENTS LTD. Once you have made the BACS payment, please simply return the tear off payment slip from your booking confirmation letter stating that you have made the BACS payment and stating the date the payment was made, many thanks.
Please allow us upto 17 days from posting payments/slips to receiving your confirmation receipt email, many thanks. Due to high PayPal Credit/Debit Card fees, balancing payments can only be accepted by cheque or BACS.
Sure, to help spread the cost of your dancing weekend we are pleased to offer you the option of paying in 3 instalments. If at any time between now and the balance due date you would like to pay off some of the balance, you are welcome to do so by simply indicating on your payment slip from your booking confirmation letter the amount you would like to pay off, and following the notes above.
Sure, It’s absolutely fine for you to split for the dance lessons/workshops, no problem at all – just let us know on your booking form – we do get some do that. Naturally, you’ll be sat together in the ballroom for the evening’s dancing and shows, and of course in the restaurant for your meals – we just find it best to offer guests the options of splitting for workshops if you so wish?
If you choose to split for workshops please be aware we are unable to offer you partners in the workshops. If you choose to take part in all the workshops you are offered, due to the packed workshop schedule spread across 2 ballrooms, you should expect to spend most of the daytimes seperate from each other.
So we don’t overcrowd workshops though, we wouldn’t be able to accommodate both of you taking each others lessons as well – that wouldn’t be fair on everyone else.
Absolutely, many do. We often-welcome groups of friends, or family members to our dance weekends; Mother & Daughter, Sisters, Best Friends etc – we have a large allocation of Twin bedrooms available on all our weekends.
In terms of the dance lessons; You can book to take part in the same level classes or different level classes it’s completely upto you. If you split we can’t guarantee you a partner, if you stay together though in the same level often ladies will learn/dance together so they can practice & enjoy some of the dances learnt during the fabulous evenings.
Of course, we openly welcome ladies without a dance partner, however we are unable to provide dance partners over the weekend. Donahey’s does not have a policy of offering male dance partners to ladies who attend our Dancing With The Stars Weekend without a dance partner and we do not rotate partners during any workshops. We ask you please, not to book our dance weekend under the impression that we supply dance partners for ladies, or that you will be dancing with the stars themselves, thank you.
Unfortunately, we have no single rooms or places available. Large comfortable Twin rooms are available for two-person occupancy, but not for single occupancy – sorry absolutely no single places or rooms now available.
In terms of non-residential, or day passes, unfortunately it’s not an option we offer I’m afraid. We don’t sell day passes so you won’t have different people dropping in and out of your weekend.
It creates a much nicer atmosphere when everyone is residential for the entire weekend. Mainly because you don’t have different people dropping in and out across the weekend for certain classes or just evening shows.
Once guests arrive Friday afternoon, guests are shown to their table in the Ballroom, this is your table then for the entire weekend. We try and ensure all the guests on each table are in the same group for their dance classes, and that they have the same evening dining times – it really helps bond everyone, helping create a friendly atmosphere and an enjoyable experience for all our guests.
We’ve always run our dance weekends along these lines, and receive really positive feedback about this approach – people often book again requesting that they sit with their ‘new weekend friends.’
All the shows & workshops are organised by Donahey’s – the dance experts. Principal Hayley & DeVere have no contractual responsibility towards guests in relation to the delivery of your workshops & shows.