About Us

Currently teaching at our schools are Ms Alex Archer (Fitzgerald).  Alex is a former student of Ms Moriarty and past member of the Cork Ballet Company.

Alex Archer formerly Alexandra Fitzgerald of Kinsale is herself a former pupil of Joan Denise Moriarty, having begun classes at the age of 2 in Bandon and worked her way to graduating from the school at Emmet Place, with Honours.  During this time she danced many parts with the Cork Ballet Company in the Opera House, just across the road, beginning with Clara in the 1973 production of The Nutcracker, (which also traveled to the Gaiety Theatre), and ending her time there as one of the Jewel Fairy soloists in The Sleeping Beauty of 1979, when she was awarded the trophy for Student of the Year.

A career as a performer was not on the cards however, and Alex went on to university, where she immediately began teaching ballet to her fellow-students at Trinity College, while continuing her own dance practice.  This led to her husband’s starting a business a few years later – The Dublin Dance Centre – and eventually Digges Lane Rehearsal Studios, where big stars such as Nureyev practised, and where the first-ever performance of Riverdance was rehearsed.  It was here that Alex had her first experience of teaching young children, which is still what she loves to do best, having continued to teach after moving back to Cork in the mid-eighties, and even during her years in Africa, bringing the classical ballets she loved as a child to a whole new audience in Kenya.

Alex is now happy to be back in Ireland, teaching at the Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance, where it all began for her, and now her twin daughters, Katie and Bryony, along with many others, are also glad to be a part of Cork’s oldest ballet school.  Alex helps keep Miss Moriarty’s great legacy alive at the Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance.


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