Our fully qualified staff teach ALL of our classes.
All our staff members are fully Certified from the Irish Dance Commission in Dublin, Ireland.
Marie Moore-Cunniffe, TCRG, ADCRG
A native of Dublin, Ireland Marie began her Irish Dance Career with Cora Cadwell School of Irish dancer and later trained with the Inis Ealga School under the direction of Maitiu O'Maoileidgh and Marie Duffy. Marie achieve much success in her dancing career reigning top 5 in solos at All Ireland and World Irish Dance Championships as well as taking numerous titles in ceili, figure dance choreography and dance drama competitions.
Marie also was also a member of Jury's Irish Cabaret and toured 3 times with them traveling to the United States and Canada (3 times) performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington. Marie was also part of the team that took the Gold medal for Ireland at the World Folk Dance Competition in Dijon, France.
Marie continues her dancing career now as a teacher and adjudicator. Her students have been members of Lord of the Dance, Riverdance and have appeared on Broadway, Radio City Music Hall and appeared on National TV. Marie has trained numerous champion dancers and captured regional and National titles. She travels extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, England and Scotland. She has judged the All Ireland and World Irish Dance Championships numerous times and she is very excited to be selected for the 2015 World Irish Dance Championships in Montreal, Canada. Marie is a graduate of New York University and the London College of Music.
Frank Cunniffe, TCRG, ADCRG
Frank hails from Galway, Ireland. He is co-founder of the Cunniffe Academy of Irish Dance in Galway along with his sister, Mair Cunniffe-Daly, TCRG, ADCRG. During his years as a teacher in Ireland, Frank trained many regional, All Ireland and World Champion dancers. Many of his students went on to perform in hit shows like "Riverdance" and "Lord of the Dance'.
In 1988 Frank expanded his teaching career to the United Kingdom where he continued to run a very successful dancing school. During his time there, he was a also an attic member of the London Drama and Folk Dance Society where he played many lead roles in their performances.
Frank joined the Marie Moore School in 2002 and is now co-director. The school continues its great success in the Mid-Atlantic Region training many students at all levels - from beginner through Championship dancers who compete, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Jennifer Dawson, TCRG
Jennifer started her dance career with the Marie Moore School and recently obtained her TCRG from the Irish Dance Commission in Ireland. Jen has competed at many regional and out of state competitions. She has also competed many times at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships. Jen's love for teaching is evident in the class. She is very much loved by the younger members of the school and is a great role model for all of the students. We welcome Jen to our faculty.