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contact information

Phone (021) 450 4689
Mobile (085) 7848018
Locations: The Studio
40 Lower John Street T23 P522
Ballincollig Studio: 
Scoil Mhuire139 Pine Walk, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, P31 N265
Riverstown Studio:
St Joseph’s National School 41, 51 St Josephs View, Riverstown, Glanmire, Co. Cork, T45 V297
Wilton / Bishopstown Studio: 
Gaelscoil Ui Riada Cardinal Way, Bishopstown, Cork T12 D596

A few things we’re great at

We believe in performance as a vehicle to increase self-esteem and learningL

Teaching Philosophy

A school’s teaching philosophy directly impacts the student’s learning experience. Over the years we have spoken to many parents who are hesitant to put their children in dance classes, especially ballet classes, because they have had negative experiences at other schools. Some schools will only accept students who have a certain body type, or will ask children to leave as they get older and their bodies develop in ways that are not ideal for serious dance training. At the Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance we do not judge children based on their body types or physical capabilities. We encourage each student to achieve their utmost potential, and set realistic goals for their individual physicality.


We believe in performance as a vehicle to increase self-esteem and learning. Some schools offer one year end recital, while others only offer an in-class parents visiting day. Students at the Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance of all ages have the opportunity to perform in at least four theatrical productions every year, and our more experienced dancers can expect to be part more than ten stage performances a term We believe that there is no greater learning tool than working towards performances on an ongoing basis. It helps students to directly apply new skills they have learned in class, and keeps them excited about their dancing.

Shy Students 

Stage Fright? No worries! We have had many students who are a bit shy to get on stage. No child is forced to perform if they don’t want to – but we have had the pleasure of seeing many students overcome their stage fright and become strong and confident performers – a skill which will be helpful to them throughout their lives. Students feel great when they can get on stage and show their families, friends and peers how much they have learned and accomplished. For the teachers it is rewarding to see how much our students love to perform, and it is especially gratifying to see students continue to blossom and gain self-confidence through each performance.

special needs

We know parents finding activities for their children with special needs can be difficult, so we want to reach out and introduce any child to dance.

Our class plans are built to create a safe and warm atmosphere for all of the children to feel comfortable dancing in. We believe anyone can dance and there are no limitations in who can dance.

Our classes are a great platform for children to interact with others. It also builds great confidence in the dancers when teachers and parents are complimenting them on their fantastic dancing abilities. One praise from a parent or teacher can absolutely lift up a child’s self-esteem. It is also a great way to build strength in the muscles that children need to use in everyday life.