Irish dance teacher Fiona’s named among world’s best

IT’S not her first international accolade but Padstow Irish dance teacher Fiona Gaye Moore is still on cloud nine after becoming the only Australian recipient of a Global Excellence in Teaching Award.

Now in their third year, the awards – founded by America’s Irish Dancing Magazine – shine a spotlight on the world’s most exceptional dance educators.
Growing up in Australia, Fiona was introduced to Irish dance at the Ransley Studio, where she learned the art from her aunts while her mother played the piano during classes.
Her journey took a historic turn in 1980 when she became the first female outside of the UK to secure the 15–16 years Senior Girls World Championship title.
Fiona’s children embarked on their own Irish dance journeys under the tutelage of Geraldine French.
When Geraldine retired, Fiona stepped in to carry on the legacy, establishing the Fiona Gaye Moore Academy in Padstow in 2012, before daughter Ceili and son Jonty also subsequently attained the prestigious title of World Champions, making them the only family in the world with three World Championship wins to their name.
Daughter Danae was also a fierce competitor, winning Nationals and securing high placements at the Worlds.
Today, the entire family teaches at their esteemed dance school.
Fiona said she still felt overwhelmed after being named among the best Irish dance teachers in the world.
“You do what you do because you love it, not for any recognition,” she said.
“But my family and I are delighted, it’s a very special win.”
The Fiona Gaye Moore Academy is now enrolling for 2024, just in time to master a step or two of the Irish Jig for St Patrick’s Day celebrations.
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