People have asked me recently what is the deal with Miss P and Irish dance. So I figured this would be a great time to shine a spotlight on her teacher and The Sheeaun Academy of Irish Dance.
I began my search for an Irish dance school for Miss P before she was even two weeks old! No joke. I knew that I wanted for her to at least try it when she was older. There are a few schools around my neck of the woods, but I didn’t know if they would be the right fit in terms of travel. As luck would have it, I happened to look through a pamphlet for our community center, and it mentioned Irish Dance. I called immediately. I spoke with the owner and teacher who was friendly and totally helpful on the phone and I just knew it would be the right fit. Four years later, here we are.
And when I say Miss Moira is the real deal, I am not exaggerating. Here is a bit about her and her accomplishments.
Moira began Irish step dancing at the age of four and was dancing competitively at age seven. After receiving awards at many local Feisanna, she started competing on a championship level in both solo and ceili competitions. Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards in Regional, National, and International Championship competitions, most notably receiving first place in the New England Oireachtas (region) and medaling at the World Championships, which is considered the highest honor in Irish dancing. Dancing has taken her across America, as well as to Ireland, England, and Scotland.
In addition to competing, she has performed in shows throughout her dancing career, including performances with Eileen Ivers, formerly of ‘Riverdance’, Cherish the Ladies, Ronan Tynan of the Irish Tenors, and Hal Roach, as well as local and national television appearances. For over ten years, Moira has assisted in classes teaching both solo and ceili dancing to children and adults of every level, from beginner to championship. She retired from competition after nineteen years to pursue a career in teaching and received her T.C.R.G. (teacher’s certificate) in 2007. She is a registered teacher with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland, and the Irish Dance Teachers Association of New England and North America.
Look for the next post in the Series on Wednesday