Fauna Gille began Irish dancing at age 14 and quickly found success at the regional and national level. After graduating high school and qualifying to compete in the World Championships, Fauna retired from competitive dancing to begin running her school’s satellite location. Fauna took the TCRG exam at age 20 and passed with honors on her first attempt. 12 years later she took the exam to become an adjudicator (ADCRG), and achieved the same result. Fauna teaches with her sister Cassia Gille-Johnson, TCRG, at their school in Minneapolis called Corda Mór. Their students have won Regional titles, World Medals, and have achieved top 10 placements at the All Ireland and World Championships.
Corda Mór means “great heart” — and there is no greater heart than that of family. Our school was created with great heart, and 14 years later this spirit still thrives. Our community is made up of many families, who together have created one big family!
Corda Mór is more than a dance academy; it is a community of teachers and families who believe that, through dance, children learn more than physical skills – they build values and shape character that lasts a lifetime.
Our students begin dancing out of curiosity, continue because it’s fun, and commit themselves to it because a passion develops.
Through this passion for dance, they learn the values of teamwork and perseverance. They acquire humility in victory and graciousness in defeat. They share their joy of dancing with the community through performance, and develop friendships that outlast their dancing careers.
It is our mission at Corda Mór to create highly skilled, disciplined dancers and help shape them into kind, confident people who will be leaders within the dance community, and in life.