Home for Moira Danis is Nebraska -- not because she was born there, not because she has family there, but rather because Omaha was the one place this singer, actress, music teacher and military brat lived the longest as a child. The Air Force may have kept her family moving, but ever since she has had a say in the matter, New York City has been her home.
Moira was stage-struck at age three during her older sister’s dance recital. When her skunk-costumed sister started to sing and tap to Wouldn’t You Like Me For Your Very Own, Moira leapt over the footlights and joined her in an impromptu song and dance duet. She’s been front and center stage ever since with roles at The Omaha Playhouse and in community theatre productions throughout the United States and at military bases overseas.
Moira is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and holds a Master of Theatre Arts from the City College of New York. As a music teacher in Westchester County, she produces, composes and directs numerous school productions each year. In 1995, she was honored by her school district and awarded Teacher of the Year for her commitment to and revitalization of the elementary music program. In 1998, in recognition of her contribution to the raising of learning standards in New York State, she was inducted into the New York State Academy for Teaching.
New York audiences have seen her at Crabtree’s Kittle House, Danny’s Skylight Room, The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, Palsson’s Supper Club, the Paul Revere Room at the former Hotel Lexington, and the Mabel Mercer Foundation's Cabaret on Mondays at the National Arts Club. Theater credits include working with Keith Levenson and Jeanine Tesori in Keith’s production of The City Suite, The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players production of Ruddigore and in a regional theatre production of Show Boat as Julie. She has also performed in Germany with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Choir.
Her cabaret shows have included I Wish It So, (which served as the basis for her debut CD), Beautiful Sounds – The Songs of Petula Clark, available on CD, The Greatest Show On Earth and, most recently, Some People's Lives, recipient of the 2013 Bistro Award for Outstanding Recording.