Meet The Team


Nora Pickett – Founder and Senior Artistic Director 

Nora danced with the Violet Moore School of Irish Dance in Vancouver since age 7 and she competed at the World level for 10 years with the Moore School and The Maguire-O’Shea Academy in London, England.  With a strong creative, competitive and adventurous spirit, Nora has developed and maintained a strong passion for Irish dance and music during her entire life. She has danced, performed and/or competed with Darren Maguire, Jean Butler, Colin Dunne and countless other Riverdance and Lord of the Dance cast members. Her last World Championship competition was in 1993 when she placed in the top 30 in solo and 5th in her team ceili competition.  Her last North American Championships was in San Francisco in 2000 where she placed in the top 10 in two dances and 18th overall.  She won numerous championships in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and in Ireland and she thoroughly enjoyed performing locally and internationally during the 22 years of her dance career.  She greatly cherishes all the life-long Irish dance friendships she still has today! Nora’s love for Irish dance took her to the next level in 1994 – teaching students to reach their personal, competitive, performance and recreational goals!  She received her TCRG in 2002 (registered teacher with the Irish Dance Commission in Ireland ).  She finds teaching to be a constant dynamic challenge integrated with fun and amazing exercise!  She thoroughly loves being an integral part of the dance journey of training 4 to 7 year old beginners to become the best they can be as they step onto any stage to perform as well as compete at the Western Canadian, North American and World Championship stages!  Nora also now enjoys training and mentoring some of her experienced senior students to become instructors, Eire Born team captains and TCRG’s. She still enjoys actively dancing with all her students today. Nora lives in beautiful Deep Cove with her husband, Marcel and two daughters, Leila and Malia.

NPIDA Teaching Scholarship Assistant Instructors


Reese Findler

Reese starting dancing at the age of 10 and fell in love with the rhythm and the movements of Irish dance. She has competed at many local feiseanna and at the Western Canadian championships, but her passion lies in performing with Eire Born. Reese loves the friendships she has made from performing and travelling with other dancers, as well as the joy Irish dancing brings to everyone Eire Born performs for. She started teaching last year and cannot wait to teach more in the coming years!

Studio Manager

Cheryl Galdert

Cheryl has been involved with NPIDA since 2002 and has recently taken on the position of Studio Manager. Cheryl is a retired Elementary teacher who taught in North Vancouver School District for 36 years. Her hobby is photography and she has documented much of NPIDA dancers’ achievements and performances since 2002.




Michel Sidwell

Michel joined NPIDA as bookkeeper in September 2012.  She is responsible for billings, class changes, clothing and shoe purchases, etc. She loves to cycle, read, and work with numbers.  She lives with her husband of 43 years in Deep Cove and feels privileged to be associated with NPIDA and its family of committed dancers and their parents.