Fiona began Irish dancing when she was 5 years of age in Northern Ireland. She then moved to Australia when she was 6 continuing with her Irish dancing training winning the Queensland Championship and was top 6 in Australia. At age 11 she began her ballet training at a local ballet school in Mt Isa and age 16 she moved to Brisbane for vocational training the Queensland Dance School of Excellence. She then went on to Study dance and graduate at the Queensland University of Technology.
During her time in Australia Fiona had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Maggie Siestma, Natalie Weir, John Meehan (former Master of the Winnipeg Ballet), Leigh Warren, Harold Collins, James Devine and Garth Welch ( Australian Ballet).
Some of the ballets Fiona performed in with The Queensland Ballets were The Nutcracker, Giselle, Pirates of Penzance and Sleeping Beauty (Cat Pas de duex) she then went on to tour the world as a lead dancer and assistant choreographer in Gaelforce dance where she was able to combine her three favourite styles of dance - Irish Dance, Contemporary and Ballet.
When Fiona finished touring she went on to hold open freelance drop in classes for children (to build confidence in Ballet and Irish Dancing) and Adult ballet open classes. From here she went on to teach Ballet on the BTEC Performing Arts course at Huddersfield New College and Georgies Theatre School of Dance. She became a Les Mills instructor teaching Bodybalance, CxWorx, Pilates and Adult ballet at Huddersfield University.
Fiona has covered GCSE dance schools and is currently a Teaching Assistant in a primary school and teaches Les Mills Born To Move, curriculum dance and holds free ballet breakfast clubs. She is still teaching at Georgies Theatre School of Dance, is a guest teacher and ballet mistress for Powerhouse Dance Company. Fiona joined NSCD over a year and a half ago, she absolutely loves it and feels very lucky to be teaching Ballet to the students on the CAT program.