McDonnell-Haynes School of Irish Dance

Irish dancing lessons for children and adults in Shirley The McDonnell-Haynes School of Irish Dance was founded by qualified teacher Charlotte Haynes TCRG.

Prior to setting up the classes in Southampton, Charlotte continued dancing and teaching in Singapore and was actively involved in the St Patrick's Society of Singapore. Charlotte is now running classes for children and adults of all abilities in Shirley. Having found a fantastic venue based near Shirley Road Charlotte looks forward to offering a fun and challenging class promoting traditional Iri

Operating as usual

09/08/2021

Riverdance UK Tour 2021 begins August 27th!

Looking forward to our class night out in September to see Riverdance at The Mayflower, Southampton β˜˜οΈπŸ’šβ˜˜οΈ

01/08/2021

‼️Spaces are filling up fast - book your child’s place today‼️
Great opportunity to try a new hobby in the holidays! For boys and girls aged 4+. πŸ‘―β€β™‚οΈπŸ‘£β˜˜οΈ

🌞SUMMER IRISH DANCE WORKSHOPS🌞
Open to ALL ages and levels - NEW BEGINNERS welcome too! Reserve your place today!

Photos from McDonnell-Haynes School of Irish Dance's post 28/07/2021

Well done to Isla, Monica and Lilia passing their recent grade exams held in Chichester and thanks to the Manning School of Irish dance for inviting us to join them πŸ‘πŸ’œπŸ’š

27/07/2021

β€œMovie Night” for our last class before we take a break for a couple of weeks. A well earned treat after spending so many weeks learning via zoom this year and sticking with it! πŸΏπŸ¬πŸ§ƒπŸŽ₯

β€œMovie Night” for our last class before we take a break for a couple of weeks. A well earned treat after spending so many weeks learning via zoom this year and sticking with it! πŸΏπŸ¬πŸ§ƒπŸŽ₯

27/07/2021

SPRINGHILL SCHOOL IRISH DANCE CLUB IS BACK!
Mon & Tues 3.30pm-4.30pm wef 13 September.
It's been a long wait since March 2020 but we are delighted to be returning in September. Mondays are for Years 1 & 2 and Tuesdays are for Years 3, 4, 5, & 6. Boys and girls welcome to come and learn a new skill at this fun and energetic dance class. REGISTER by emailing [email protected] or comment below for more info. PLEASE SHARE TO PARENTS OF SPRINGHILL SCHOOL - thank you!

SPRINGHILL SCHOOL IRISH DANCE CLUB IS BACK!
Mon & Tues 3.30pm-4.30pm wef 13 September.
It's been a long wait since March 2020 but we are delighted to be returning in September. Mondays are for Years 1 & 2 and Tuesdays are for Years 3, 4, 5, & 6. Boys and girls welcome to come and learn a new skill at this fun and energetic dance class. REGISTER by emailing [email protected] or comment below for more info. PLEASE SHARE TO PARENTS OF SPRINGHILL SCHOOL - thank you!

Photos from Maskers Theatre Company's post 20/07/2021

Good luck to our very own Katherine Evans who is performing in this (see the photos below). She is a lady of many talents! πŸ‘πŸŽ€πŸŽ­

[07/17/21]   Good luck to Isla, Monica and Lilia taking their Grade Exams in
Chichester today! πŸ€žπŸ»πŸ’œπŸ’š

13/07/2021

Celebrating Lilia and Alice’s results at class tonight! Well done girls - keep up the good work! πŸ‘πŸ†πŸ…

Celebrating Lilia and Alice’s results at class tonight! Well done girls - keep up the good work! πŸ‘πŸ†πŸ…

11/07/2021

Well done to Lilia for picking up another set of medals at the Feis this weekend despite the competition running 2 hours late and not starting until 7.15pm! πŸ‘πŸ…πŸ…

Well done to Lilia for picking up another set of medals at the Feis this weekend despite the competition running 2 hours late and not starting until 7.15pm! πŸ‘πŸ…πŸ…

11/07/2021

Well done to Alice who did really well at the Feis this weekend in Kings Langley moving up a grade in 3 of her dances at her first ever Feis! πŸ‘πŸ†πŸ…

10/07/2021

Good luck to Isla and Lilia this evening at the Seamus & Marie Moore Memorial Feis!

10/07/2021

Good luck to Alice competing in her first open Feis today!

01/07/2021

🌞SUMMER IRISH DANCE WORKSHOPS🌞
Open to ALL ages and levels - NEW BEGINNERS welcome too! Reserve your place today!

🌞SUMMER IRISH DANCE WORKSHOPS🌞
Open to ALL ages and levels - NEW BEGINNERS welcome too! Reserve your place today!

Photos from McDonnell-Haynes School of Irish Dance's post 27/06/2021

🌟WELL DONE BROOKE🌟 Fab results in the Under 16 competition! πŸ‘πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ’œπŸ’š

Photos from McDonnell-Haynes School of Irish Dance's post 27/06/2021

🌟WELL DONE ERIN & MARTHA🌟
Great results in the Under 8 competition! Keep up the good work! πŸ…πŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ…

Photos from McDonnell-Haynes School of Irish Dance's post 27/06/2021

🌟WELL DONE MONICA! 🌟
Placed in all her dances in Under 11 and moves up to the next grade in 5 of her dances! πŸ₯ˆπŸ₯ˆπŸ₯ˆπŸ₯ˆπŸ₯‰
Not bad for only your 3rd Feis! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ’œπŸ’š

Photos from McDonnell-Haynes School of Irish Dance's post 26/06/2021

🌟 WELL DONE ISABELLE, ISLA & LUCY!🌟
All placed in the Over 12’s & Under 14’s at the Solent Feis πŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ‘πŸ†πŸ…

26/06/2021

First set of results in from the Solent Feis this weekend…..πŸŒŸπŸ’œ WELL DONE LILIA! πŸ’šπŸŒŸ
Despite all those testing weeks on Zoom which you really didn’t like you stuck with it and now look at you! πŸ‘πŸ…πŸ†

First set of results in from the Solent Feis this weekend…..πŸŒŸπŸ’œ WELL DONE LILIA! πŸ’šπŸŒŸ
Despite all those testing weeks on Zoom which you really didn’t like you stuck with it and now look at you! πŸ‘πŸ…πŸ†

24/06/2021

Our girls giving it one final push at class tonight ready for the Solent Feis this weekend! #competitiontime #practicemakesperfect #teamwork #postlockdownfeis #wishusluck πŸ‘πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ’œπŸ’š

Our girls giving it one final push at class tonight ready for the Solent Feis this weekend! #competitiontime #practicemakesperfect #teamwork #postlockdownfeis #wishusluck πŸ‘πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ’œπŸ’š

23/06/2021

🌟 Introducing our stars of the future! 🌟
Welcome to Keira & Elise both aged 5 who started with us in April and May and are already loving their dancing! Keep it up girls! πŸ’œπŸ’š

🌟 Introducing our stars of the future! 🌟
Welcome to Keira & Elise both aged 5 who started with us in April and May and are already loving their dancing! Keep it up girls! πŸ’œπŸ’š

Photos from McDonnell-Haynes School of Irish Dance's post 23/06/2021

Alice’s turn this week to practice her hair β€œFeis look” getting ready for her very first open Feis in a couple of weeks! Alice started with us via the Springhill after school club and adapted really well to learning online via Zoom before joining our Freemantle class - she’s even encouraged her little sister Keira to join us too! Well done Alice! πŸ’œπŸ’š

Photos from McDonnell-Haynes School of Irish Dance's post 15/06/2021

Hair and makeup practice at class tonight for the feis next weekend…it’s been a long time since these girls were at a live Feis!

15/06/2021

Boys welcome to join us age 4+! Who said dancing is just for girls?! This guy is an inspiration to us all! πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ‘£

This guy has just sailed through one of the most gruelling fitness, strength and mental endurance tests to win β€œSAS Who Dares Wins”. The trainers could not believe that he didn’t have a military background and military training.

What was his background and training?…….

IRISH DANCING!!!!!

The discipline and strict regime from years of Irish dancing class followed by training with and performing in Lord of the Dance around the World has made him physically and mentally stronger than the rest.

Who said boys don’t dance??

Thank you Connor Smyth for inspiring lads that love to dance around the World.

Photos from McDonnell-Haynes School of Irish Dance's post 28/05/2021

Celebrations at class this week - Online Feis results for Isla, Lucy, Alice, Lilia and Martha and well done to Isla and Lilia for their live Feis results from Essex too. πŸ†πŸ‘πŸ’œ

23/05/2021

Well done to Lilia! 7th out of 20 dancers at her first live Feis in 17 months! πŸ‘πŸ’œ

Well done to Lilia! 7th out of 20 dancers at her first live Feis in 17 months! πŸ‘πŸ’œ

Photos from McDonnell-Haynes School of Irish Dance's post 22/05/2021

Fab results for Isla! Three 1st’s, a 2nd and 2 3rd’s - it was worth the journey and the early start! πŸ‘πŸŽ‰

21/05/2021

Good luck to Isla & Lilia competing at the John Flanagan Memorial Feis in Essex this weekend - their first face to face Feis since December 2019! All those weeks of learning new steps on zoom finally paying off and you get to compete again - do your best and don’t forget to smile! πŸ‘πŸ’œπŸ’š

Good luck to Isla & Lilia competing at the John Flanagan Memorial Feis in Essex this weekend - their first face to face Feis since December 2019! All those weeks of learning new steps on zoom finally paying off and you get to compete again - do your best and don’t forget to smile! πŸ‘πŸ’œπŸ’š

17/05/2021

ADULTS welcome to join our classes too - free taster session so come and give Irish a try! FREE registration fee (usually Β£20) if you join in May or June.

πŸ“’ 🌟 Excited that we can finally get back to classes in the hall again - book you or your child’s free taster session today! πŸŒŸπŸ“’πŸ’œπŸ’š

13/05/2021

🌟GRADE EXAM RESULTS! 🌟
Well done to Isla for achieving Grade 4, Monica passing Grade 3 and Alice for passing Grade 1 & 2 in their recent grade exams in Oxford. Keep up the good work! πŸ‘βœ…πŸ’œπŸ’š

🌟GRADE EXAM RESULTS! 🌟
Well done to Isla for achieving Grade 4, Monica passing Grade 3 and Alice for passing Grade 1 & 2 in their recent grade exams in Oxford. Keep up the good work! πŸ‘βœ…πŸ’œπŸ’š

Photos from McDonnell-Haynes School of Irish Dance's post 09/05/2021

Wow! We’ve been back in face to face classes for 4 weeks already! Our dancers have taken part in grade exams in Oxfordshire and have also entered the 2nd Online Feis hosted by the Southern Region Council. They have done their entry videos in the hall, on the stage, in the house and in back gardens! Good luck girls! πŸ€žπŸ»πŸ“Ήβ˜˜οΈ

27/04/2021

Happy birthday to Katherine one of our lovely teachers, a friend, first aider(!), shoe β€œtyer” and demonstrator on zoom who is funny, loyal and dedicated to each and every one of our dancers! We hope you’ve had a lovely day and evening celebrating πŸ₯‚πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸ’œπŸ’š

Happy birthday to Katherine one of our lovely teachers, a friend, first aider(!), shoe β€œtyer” and demonstrator on zoom who is funny, loyal and dedicated to each and every one of our dancers! We hope you’ve had a lovely day and evening celebrating πŸ₯‚πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸ’œπŸ’š

Photos from McDonnell-Haynes School of Irish Dance's post 19/04/2021

Great two session workshop last week to get us ready for returning to classes in the hall this week. 100% attendance and effort from all our dancers and lovely to meet some new girls too 🌟πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ’œπŸ’š

Photos from McDonnell-Haynes School of Irish Dance's post 17/04/2021

Good luck to Isla, Monica and Alice taking their grade exams today in Oxfordshire πŸ€žπŸ»πŸ…πŸŒŸ

06/04/2021

πŸ“’ 🌟 Excited that we can finally get back to classes in the hall again - book you or your child’s free taster session today! πŸŒŸπŸ“’πŸ’œπŸ’š

πŸ“’ 🌟 Excited that we can finally get back to classes in the hall again - book you or your child’s free taster session today! πŸŒŸπŸ“’πŸ’œπŸ’š

27/03/2021

🐣🐰Easter Workshop-New Beginners Welcome!
Come and try a new hobby during the Easter holiday when we can return to classes in the hall.

🐣🐰Easter Workshop-New Beginners Welcome!
Come and try a new hobby during the Easter holiday when we can return to classes in the hall.

Our Story

The McDonnell-Haynes School of Irish Dance was founded by qualified teacher Charlotte Haynes TCRG. Prior to setting up the classes in Southampton, Charlotte continued dancing and teaching in Singapore and was actively involved in the St Patrick's Society of Singapore. Charlotte is now running classes for children and adults for all abilities. Having found a fantastic venue based near Shirley Road, the school offers a fun and challenging class promoting traditional Irish culture through dance and music. The basic techniques are taught and the love of dance encouraged in a fun and energetic way.

As dancers progress they can take part in public displays and school competitions and shows. Dancing for a certified member school, dancers are eligible to compete in Irish feisenna if they wish. At all times, fun, enjoyment, confidence, performing and an appreciation of this dance form is promoted. We look forward to welcoming you!

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Freemantle Community Centre, Randolph Street
Southampton
SO15 3HE

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Tuesday 4:30pm - 6pm
Thursday 4:30pm - 5:30pm
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