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Firkin Crane, home of dance in Cork, is a theatre and dance centre in the historical Shandon area.

In this unique building, support is provided for every aspect of dance. From three-year-olds toddling their first steps to professionals preparing for performance and teaching examinations, from social dancers to afficionados seeking performances of the highest quality, everyone will find a class, workshop or recital to fit the bill.

Currently, in association with Cork School of Dance, the Firkin Crane has created a vibrant, interactive exhibition, using original costumes, posters, vintage film and theatrical props, to celebrate Joan Denise Moriarty, her life, her companies, her dancers.

Joan Denise's story is a fascinating one: a dancer, teacher, choreographer, she was fundamental to the development of ballet in Ireland. For almost half a century, her companies toured the great classics and her original creations all over Ireland and to Europe. Her inspired use of traditional Irish stories and dance steps with classical ballet resulted in acclaimed versions of the ancient Irish myths, such as "Lugh of the Golden Arm". For the premiere tour of her version of J.M. Synge's renowned drama, "The Playboy of the Western World", the world-famous Chieftains performed live in Dublin, Belfast, New York, London and Rennes.

Whether you are enticed by the story of dance, or just want to see inside this unique rotunda building, there is something to delight all ages.

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