Maggie G - News

Blackpool 2009

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you have all enjoyed a lovely Christmas time. We had a lovely family Christmas with my Mum and Dad.

Thank you once again for supporting my dances. I am overwhelmed to have had dances nominated for the awards. Please follow this CBA link to vote.

I look forward to seeing everyone in Blackpool at the end of the month where I will be teaching a new Intermediate dance to Everlasting by Take That.

Birthday Cake Photo

WOW! What can I say, my birthday celebrations started on 17 November with a lovely evening with the teachers from my sons' school, St John Vianney, who took me out for an Indian meal. Thank you to Kim who made me such an amazing cake! Thank you to all the teachers and Mrs Jackson for organising the evening.

Next was 24 November, friends organised a couples night out. We all had to wear t-shirts with 50 on, which was a big surprise. It was a fabulous night with all my close friends, special thanks to Helen for organising.

Next the weekend in Southport! I didn't have a clue what was happening from start to finish, but what an amazing weekend! Special thanks to true friends, Dave, Pauline & Keeley for all their hard work in organising this special event, it must have taken months! Also massive thanks to everyone who helped, Gwen, Mike, Gary, Dee, Julie Dixon, Michelle, Joyce, Jenny & Roni. Everyone worked so hard, the room looked amazing so many photos and beautifully decorated. There were so many surprises - all weekend I didn't know what was coming next.

On Friday afternoon I was thrilled to see Roy & Nisrine Verdonk with their beautiful twins, Noelle & Amber, especially as Keeley had told me months ago he couldn't come! Thank you to Roy for teaching a dance on Saturday morning. It was lovely that my Mum & Sister came over from Ireland and I couldn't believe Keeley had secretly arranged for my Dad to be there too. I was so happy to have all my family there and two very good friends from Ireland, Maria McDermott & Nikki Weir.

It was also lovely to see Jamie Barnfield, Craig Bennett, Helen O'Malley, Betty Drummond and Robert Thompson from Club Dance Holidays - such a lovely surprise. Thank you to all the dancers who came, not only from the UK, but also Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Spain and even Canada.

What a beautiful souvenir booklet Dave produced for everyone! Gosh that brought back many, many memories and I truly was lost for words, thanks Dave. Also thank you to Julie Dixon, who made a beautiful book full of lovely messages, thanks Julie. Also thank you to my Irish dancers, Celtica, for travelling up and performing for me, you were brilliant. Thank you to Paul Sheehan for driving the minibus and to personal (non-dancing) friends from Coventry who came up.

Thank you so much for all the lovely cards and gifts and for all the very kind and lovely messages by video and on Facebook. I am so, so overwhelmed with all the lovely gifts from all these celebrations, thank you so much. I will be contacting everyone to personally thank them, but please bear with me as we are off to Ireland for another celebration with family.

There are some photos from the various celebrations on my public Facebook. More photos from the Southport celebrations will be in my website Photo Album next week. xx

WOW WOW WOW! What an amazing day in Oxford! Thank you to everyone who supported Keeley's Irish Extravaganza charity event in aid of Cancer Research & CLIC Sargent (Cancer & Leukemia in Children).

It was a fantastic atmosphere all day, the room was buzzing and everyone had such a fantastic time raising lots of money for two very worthy charities. The final total was £3,000.50‚ĶAmazing! It was so lovely to see everyone down south again.

Thank you to my Irish dancers, Celtica, and to the parents who helped to transport them to Oxford. Many thanks to Jo for going live on my facebook. Although Jo was getting messages to "rotate", she was doing so, but unfortunately as soon as she did the video flipped back to portrait! Keeley will post a video on YouTube soon.

We kicked off my teaches with a fun dance Lots of Love, choreographed by myself and Gary, which will be released soon, and Granted. Later I taught Pushin & Shovin and a brand new intermediate dance, Loyal to Me.

Finally, a big thank you to our brilliant DJ for the day, Marie Knight.