Anne Fleming and Monica Gavin recall their early days as students of Joan Denise Moriarty attThe Cork Ballet Group, which later became the Cork Ballet Company. Their student days began at a small studio where now stands the Marks and Spencer premises. Both ladies recall the progression of dance through the 1950s and 1960s, the huge interest which existed in Cork at that time, the high rate of volunteerism, the lack of resources financially, the dedication of the dancers, and the professional collaboration between Joan Denise Moriarty and Prof. Fleischmann in the promotion and teaching of music and dance in Cork. Ann and Monica have wonderful memories of the visit of the Company to Europe during the height of their popularity, and the really enthusiastic reception they were afforded. Both ladies still hold Joan Denise Moriarty in their affections, and have great admiration for her dedication and her achievements.