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About Joan Denise Moriarty


Cork City

The Studio, 40 John Street Lower, Cork


St Josephs Primary School, Riverstown, Co. Cork


Gaelscoil Ui Riada, Wilton, Cork


Scoil Mhuire primary school, Ballincollig, Co. Corks

Dance Teachers


Alex Archer

Ballet and Modern dace

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.


Ciara Fitzgerald

Ballet, Tap, Modern, "Drama kidz" dance

Ciara studied Performing Arts (Dance) in Colaiste Stiofain Naofa, here she had the amazing opportunity to dance and tour with Cork City Ballet, .She then went on to further her education in Inchicore college Dublin, here she studied Dance Education and received Advanced 1 modern, and her DDI (Diploma in Dance Instruction). Ciara has been dancing since the age of three, competing in national competitions and performing in many professional productions .Ciara has been teaching in Cork City and London.


Angela Gaute Alonso

Ballet, Modern, Flamenco dance

Angela Gaute Alonso of Santander, Spain. Having begun classes at the age 5 in the school of dance Mancina and worked her way to graduating from the school of dance Dantea with Honours. She is a disciple of Antonio Almenara who is distinguished professor of dancing in Spain and New York. During this time she danced in many performances. The majority were in The Festival Palace. A career as a performer was not on the cards however, and Angela went on to university while continuing her own dance practice. After she finished her degree in engineering, Angela moved to Cork to work in her choosen field. It was here that Angela began teaching dance at the Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance, which is still what she loves to do best.


Giada Orlandi

Musical theatre

Giada Orlandi has a BA in Musical Theatre and Drama from the Carlisle Institute of the Arts and her MA in Applied Drama and Theatre studies from UCC. Classes are every Friday and are suitable for boys and girls.


Marek Oleg

Latin and Ballroom


Rebekka Simon

Ballet and Modern dance

Rebekka Simon, Germany. When I was a child I used to move to any kind of music whenever I found space to dance. My parents recognized and encouraged my passion for dance and brought me to the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, Germany. I studied dance there for six years including ballet and pointe work, modern and contemporary dance, jazz and improvisation. During this time I worked with choreographers like John Neumeier, Birgit Scherzer and Hanne Wantke. I also performed in Swan Lake and A Midsummer Night's Dream at Semper Opera House in Dresden. During 2018 I moved to Cork City and completed the intermediate and advanced ISDT dance courses at Colaiste Stiofain Naoifa. I also joined the Cork City Ballet Youth Ensemble during my studies. I have always had a passion for dance and the feeling of freedom while I'm moving. That's why I would like to share my love for this unique expression of and with our bodies! I would like to give anyone the opportunity to explore themselves through movement and to be at one with space, music and their own body. “There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.” - Martha Graham