Ballet Classes

BALLET

BABY BALLET

PRE POINTE

POINTE WORK

Ballet improves posture, flexibility, alignment and strength. It is the foundation and sets you up for other forms like jazz and contemporary. Ballet gives dancers a solid foundation of technique, and with that strong base, they can dance other styles.

We have ballet classes for children from the age of three years for all levels including adult classes.

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Modern / Jazz

MODERN DANCE

Making Modern/ Jazz & Dance accessible to all and installing a lifelong love of dance.

In excess of 20+ public performances a year

Modern Dance is more than the exploring of different ways to make a shape or learning a series of steps to music. 

It is a way of moving that uses the body as an instrument of expression and communication.

Through dance, students learn teamwork, focus, and improvisational skills.

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Inclusivity

SPECIAL NEEDS

Down Syndrome & Special Needs age 5-9

Down Syndrome & Special Needs age 10+

DANCE & MOVEMENT

Autism & Special Needs

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Drama

MUSICAL THEATRE

Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole.

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Ballet 

Ballet improves posture, flexibility, alignment and strength. It is the foundation and sets you up for other forms like jazz and contemporary. 

Ballet

Ballet gives dancers a solid foundation of technique, and with that strong base, they can dance other styles.

Ballet

We have ballet classes for children from the age of three years for all levels including adult classes.

Girls & Boys

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“Dancing is like dreaming with your feet!” — Constanze Mozart

About Us

The Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance aims to provide dance training of an excellent standard tailored to help each individual student reach their potential in a creative, stimulating and committed environment – making ballet accessible to all and instilling a lifelong love of dance.

DRAMA

DRAMA KIDZ 

Learn different aspects of performing arts, especially improvisation, helps young people to understand how to appraise situations, think outside the box and be more confident.

This also improves imagination, communications skills and is lots of fun.

Tap Dance

TAP DANCE

Many young children that are just starting dance love tap class because of the noise the tap shoes make and that they can listen and respond to the music. This helps with their development because they practice their timing by making the sounds together as a class.

Through dance, students learn teamwork, focus, and improvisational skills.

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performance

PERFORMANCE CLASS

Students have the opportunity to learn many different styles of dance.

They can take part in many events such as festivals, parades and charity events. Students must attend a ballet class before they can take part in the performance class.

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Youth Dance Company

EXCITING NEWS

We are proud to announce the beginning of The Joan Denise Moriarty Youth Dance Company. It will be

Directed by @inmapavondance, We are so excited for our students to get to work closely with her ❤️

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Creating Events

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Testimonials

Dont’t take our word for it – here’s what our people say:

Do you sometimes have the feeling that you’re running into the same obstacles over and over again? Many of my conflicts have the same feel to them, like “Hey, I think I’ve been here before”

John Doe

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Do you sometimes have the feeling that you’re running into the same obstacles over and over again? Many of my conflicts have the same feel to them, like “Hey, I think I’ve been here before”

John Doe

Company name

Do you sometimes have the feeling that you’re running into the same obstacles over and over again? Many of my conflicts have the same feel to them, like “Hey, I think I’ve been here before”

John Doe

Company name

Latest News 

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Ongoing fundraising for our St. Patrick Day 2023 trip to San Francisco. With over 50 students winging their way to the sunny west coast of USA we are working hard to raise as much funds as possible to help with travel logistical as well as costumes, […]
SAT, 24 SEP, 2022 – 13:00 SARAH HORGAN Evening Echo Live https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/arid-40968491.html CORK dancers addressed Climate Change yesterday evening in one of the most unique street performances Culture Night has ever seen. Dancers from the Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance gathered at Emmet Place in […]
Culture night is a national event which celebrates all that makes up the richness and diversity of culture in Ireland, we love taking part in this event for the past ten years which encourages people to spend and evening enjoying all aspects of Art. 60 students […]
Ongoing fundraising for our St. Patrick Day 2023 trip to San Francisco. With over 50 students winging their way to the sunny west coast of USA we are working hard to raise as much funds as possible to help with travel logistical as well as costumes, […]
SAT, 24 SEP, 2022 – 13:00 SARAH HORGAN Evening Echo Live https://www.echolive.ie/corknews/arid-40968491.html CORK dancers addressed Climate Change yesterday evening in one of the most unique street performances Culture Night has ever seen. Dancers from the Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance gathered at Emmet Place in […]
Culture night is a national event which celebrates all that makes up the richness and diversity of culture in Ireland, we love taking part in this event for the past ten years which encourages people to spend and evening enjoying all aspects of Art. 60 students […]

Dance Teachers

Ciara Fitzgerald, Ireland

 Ciara grew up in Deerpark in Cork City and has been dancing since the age of three, competing in national competitions and performing in many professional productions. Ciara studied Performing Arts 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 began teaching in Cork City 2010 then spent a few years teaching in London returning to her native city in 2015 where she now teaches Ballet, Tap & Modern inspiring a whole new generation of dancers. Ciara is engaged to be married to Richard Bollard and still lives in Deerpark.

” Dancing for me is all about the kids, to see then develop and bloom. To be a small part of their lives gives me great joy and purpose” 

“Genius is another word for magic and the whole point of magic is that it is inexplicable”-Margot Fonteyn

“Great artists are people who find the way to be themselves in their art. Any sort of pretension induces mediocrity in art and life alike.”-Margot Fonteyn

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


Sarah Lane, Ireland

I have been dancing with Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance since I was four years old. I started at the SMA Hall in Wilton and moved on to the studio in town in later years. At the very beginning I only wanted to do ballet because I thought ballerinas were so pretty and I wanted to wear a tutu! Quickly I learned to love dance as a way of expressing myself and continued with classes throughout primary and secondary school, and now during college.

The performance element of the Junk Kouture competition was one of the major times that all of my dance classes were of benefit to me. Junk Kouture is a recycled fashion competition where students design, create and model couture outfits crafted entirely from waste materials. I entered in both 2019 and 2020 and it was such an amazing experience. Everyone at the studio was so supportive and encouraging, with voting and wishing me luck for the live shows. The confidence and stage presence I developed with JDMSoD really helped me when performing at the regional finals in UCH Limerick and then later when the Grand Final was broadcast on RTÉ 2- watch on the RTÉ Player here https://www.rte.ie/player/movie/junk-kouture-grand-final/181279784337. .

 The studio to me is about more than just dance. It is a community and a place for everyone to just be who they are and I am very glad to be part of it. ” 

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Our pricing list

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Basic

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19
/ month

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Premium

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29
/ month

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Advanced

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39
/ month

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contact information

Phone (021) 450 4689
Mobile (085) 7848018
joandenisemoriartydanceschool@gmail.com
Locations: The Studio
40 Lower John Street
CORK