Maggie G - News

Blackpool 2009

I have choreographed a new Intermediate dance to Liam Payne & J Balvin's new single, Familiar. I taught it to my class on Wednesday and Big Dave kindly taught it to his class too, who told me "they loved it"! I love the music and will be teaching this in Ireland and during my dance holiday in Cyprus. The sheet will be out soon.

I've been looking forward to seeing Gary O'Reilly and everyone attending his weekend in Enniscrone. Fabulous to see that the gang from my class arrived safely, with Knock airport sharing a post (see photo on Facebook), they clearly made a great (or noisy LOL) entrance into Ireland!

On Sunday I leave Ireland and head to sunny Cyprus for my holiday week with Club Dance Holidays. Looking forward to seeing our lovely Club Dance Holidays rep Anja and working with Gary & Jamie again. Keep warm in England, I hear this weekend is going to be very cold!

It was an amazing event in Toronto in April! Thank you to the lovely Vivienne Scott for a great day. It was so lovely to see everyone again - even though the weather was so cold it didn't stop dancers from coming.

Vivienne kindly organised a lovely lunch on the Friday, which was lovely to just socialise and chat with people, such lovely, lovely food!

The dances I taught were Celtic Duo, What I Miss Most, Tightrope, Cards on the Table and Save Me Tonight.

A special thank you to Vivienne and her lovely husband Michael for their hospitality and kindness, it was lovely staying with them again and catching up. Some photos from the event are on my public Facebook.

March was a tough month, but thank you once again to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. John & I have been overwhelmed with so many lovely cards and messages we have received. We really appreciate everyone's kindness during our difficult and sad time.

My Irish dancing school, Celtica, did me proud dancing in various places around Coventry on St Patrick's day. The day before, I had a lovely morning at St John Vianney school where we did a big St Patrick's day assembly. All the children were brilliant raising money for Lenten Charities.

My Southport weekend went really well. Thank you to Pauline & Dave, Gary & Dee. It was a special weekend as we were celebrating Dave & Pauline's Ruby wedding anniversary. It was lovely to see Craig Bennett too. Also a big thank you to everyone who supported the weekend, I hope you enjoyed it. The dances I taught were Celtic Duo by Gary & I, Capital Letters & What I Miss Most (in memory of Audrey Watson), another by Gary & I. Gary & Dee also taught some great dances.

Even though the weather was not good, I hope everyone had a Very Happy Easter.

Firstly, thank you so much for all your kind texts, whatsapp's, emails and thoughtfulness to my family with the sad loss of my beautiful, lovely Mother-in-Law, Winnie. She was a wonderful lady. I have been inundated with messages and John & I are truly overwhelmed. Please forgive me for not being able to respond to you all personally.

Keeley has released the sheet for What I Miss Most, which Gary & I choreographed in memory of the lovely Audrey Watson. The sheet is available at: Copperknob and Linedancerweb.

A video taken with Audrey's club at the memorial weekend in Stranraer is on my Videos page. I will be teaching this at Southport and look forward to seeing everyone. Thank you to Big Dave, Pauline, Gary, Dee & my team for their help and support. xx

St Patrick's 2018

I trust you had a Happy St Patrick's Day. Here we are at my club's St Patrick's social.

I was very honoured to be teaching at Audrey Watson's memorial weekend. It was a very touching and poignant weekend celebrating Audrey's life. It was certainly a wonderful weekend I will never forget. Audrey's family and line dance club did her proud. It was lovely that some of my club came up too. Thank you to Crazy Hazie the DJ, it was lovely to work with you and nice to see Rep Ghazali-Meaney too.

We opened the weekend with Audrey's award-winning dance, Be Strong, and danced many other dances she had choreographed. I taught a special dance that Gary & I had choreographed in Audrey's memory called What I Miss Most by Calum Scott. Audrey's club & family loved the dance and it went down really well with everyone. The sheet will be out later this week.

I also taught Celtic Duo, the new improver dance Gary & I choreographed in preparation for St Patrick's Day. Being in Scotland they loved the Celtic music and I also taught Hearts on Fire. We had a minute's silence for Audrey and her club released balloons. You'll see from the photos that there was also a beautiful cake in celebration of Audrey too. An amazing weekend we will all never forget.

On arrival, back home I was very spoilt by my 3 gorgeous boys for Mothering Sunday.

Gary & I have released our new Irish dance, Celtic Duo. Thank you to Anton & Sully who very kindly edited their original track so we could use this fabulous music. The sheet is now available from Copperknob and Linedancerweb. There is a video of the dance taken at my workshop at Audrey Watson's memorial weekend on my Videos page.

I have released my new intermediate dance, Capital Letters. The step sheet is available at: Copperknob and Linedancerweb. This is to a great track of the same name by Hailee Steinfeld from the latest 50 Shades Freed movie. I hope you enjoy the dance. Unfortunately, I couldn't teach it at Keeley's Charity event, which was cancelled due to the snow, but I was able to teach it to my class.

I've been to Scotland for Audrey Watson's funeral. It was a beautiful service, not only was Audrey talented in line dancing, but she also had many other natural gifts in her life.

I met her beautiful family again as well as her line dance club. Many dancers from the club came to pay their respects to the instructor they dearly loved. Audrey's Crystal Boot Award for Be Strong was displayed proudly in the church and I know Audrey was so proud to have received this.

Audrey will be greatly missed by all. If you have a chance to dance Be Strong in your classes, please do so to honour Audrey.

I have choreographed a new intermediate dance to Capital Letters by Hailee Steinfeld, which I will be teaching at Keeley's charity event in Oxford. I'm looking forward to working with Gary and it will be great to see everyone down south again. A great fun day raising money for Cancer Research and CLIC Sargent in memory of two very special people close to Keeley's heart.

I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Audrey Watson from Scotland, who passed away just recently.

Audrey was a great ambassador of line dancing and had a wonderful line dance club, which she had run for many years. Audrey choreographed many dances and her great hit dance, Be Strong, filled many floors around the world.

I was very honoured to know Audrey as a friend and on 9th March this year Audrey was going to host her first line dance weekend, which I was lucky enough to be invited on as the guest choreographer. It was Audrey's wish that this weekend would go ahead, her club & I will honour this and make it a special weekend in memory of her.

Audrey will be sadly missed by all her line dance friends in Scotland and all around the world. My thoughts and prayers are very much with Audrey's husband, her lovely daughter Tracey and all her family at this sad time.

Thank you to Sandra & Emmanuel Masse for inviting me to their event in Gasville Oiseme, France, in February. Thank you also to Francine & André, who I met during the weekend. This was my first time here and it was lovely to meet new people, I had a fantastic time.

I taught Tightrope, Wandering Hearts & Hearts on Fire, which I'm pleased to say they loved. There are a few photos from the day in my Photo Gallery.

A very big thank you to Monique, Marie-Claude and everyone at Cicadance, France, for making me so welcome. It was lovely to see you all again and I was so pleased to see everyone enjoying my dances.

Tickets for my next Celtica 2018 Charity Show at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, on 13 & 14 July are now on sale. You may Book Online here.

This is the Academy's 8th charity show, which stars all dancers from my Irish dance school aged 4-40+.

Imaginative choreography and dazzling costume combines Irish dance & music in a fantastic evening of entertainment! We are proud to have raised over £40,000 for various charities.