Closing Ceremony Sunday February 28, 2021 6:00 PM

Cork’s Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance have created a Virtual Dragon dance which will close the Cork Chinese New Year Festival 2021 on February 28th with a Surprise LIVE Event featuring the 1000 Wishes & 1000 Candles


A Giant Lotus Flower is being constructed by Cork’s Chinese Buddhist Nuns & Monks which represents the 1000 wishes of people who sent in their wishes for the Lunar New Year of The Ox. The Nuns & Monks are chanting the Green Tara Mantra as they spend the afternoon assembling the Lotus Flower.

The lotus flower represents hope and purity and as the flowers grow out of the mud this represents the flowering of a new beginning out of the COVID-19 lockdown for everyone

FULL MOON DHARMA RITE:GREEN TARA SHRINE CORK A Traditional Buddhist Ritual for Fortune Longevity & Wisdom in 2021

Watch it Here

1. ZOOM Interactive… Meeting ID: 162 112 605 Passcode: 2021

2. YouTube LIVE

3. Facebook LIVE

Due to the Covid 19 restrictions the dancers have been rehearsing on Zoom and we are very excited to be able to launch this very special Dragon Dance for the first time as part of the Cork Chinese New Year Festival 2021

Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance was founded by the late Joan Denise Moriarty in 1940 and is still going strong today as a progressive dance school with four locations across Cork City and County.

Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance

We, as a dance school pride ourselves on our ongoing participation in many events annually in Cork City including, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Culture Night, Douglas Street Festival, Diwali in UCC, Dragon of Shandon, Down Syndrome Ball, Charity Strictly Come Dancing, 1916 Commemoration Ballyphehane.  During 2020 before COVID-19 regulations we performed for The Indian Republic Day in the City Hall and for the Chinese New Year celebrations in Nano Nagle Place.

We have had the honour of being invited to represent Cork and Ireland at The Shanghai Tourism Festival in Sept 2020.  We planned on taking 35 of our students along with staff, teachers and chaperones to China.

The festival itself runs over five days with thirty groups from all over the world invited to perform to huge audiences at live events around the city of Shanghai including a Grand Parade in front of World Leaders which will be broadcasted on TV and Radio to over 200 million globally. This event has been postponed but we would hope to attend at in 2022.

Unfortunately our school has only been open for four weeks this year.  Following COVID-19 guidelines we had classes outdoor and then changed to Zoom classes on-line.

Our senior students Lily and Freya Allen, Emma Gibbons, Ella Sladewski and Maebh Hayes have been rehearsing on Zoom for a virtual Dragon dance for Corks Chinese New Year celebrations.  This piece will combine ballet and modern dance, choreographed by Karena Walsh. 


Sharon Manning – 085 7848018

The Studio – 021 4504689



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