Ailish Claffey

Ailish Claffey is a freelance collaborative dance artist concerned with dance, health and well-being.

Ailish Claffey is a dance artist and movement practitioner with an interest in health, well-being and older people. Specialising in choreological studies, Ailish works in a collaborative capacity exploring and creating work that examines the complexity of human relationships.

The Dance Back Home is a new film documentary exploring the role of dance within a healthcare setting. This was a collaboration between Ailish Claffey (dancer in residence) and Deirdre Glenfield (visual artist in residence), at Tallaght Hospital. Commissioned by South Dublin County Council and screened at Rua Red Arts Centre as part of Sensing Movement.

Ailish recently collaborated with The National Centre for Arts and Health curating and producing Sensing Movement, a dance, health and wellbeing symposium held at Rua Red Arts Centre, July 28th. This was kindly funded by South Dublin County Council, The Arts Council, Ireland with support from The Meath Foundation and Rua Red Arts Centre. 

BETWEEN SPIRIT AND SKIN Ailish’s most recent solo, created in response to experience working as dancer in residence at Tallaght Hospital, was presented at Rua Red Gallery as part of Oil & Water June 2016.

As a founding member of HAVOC Dance and Curator of 2016 Kildare Dance and Movement Summer School / Dance and Health Seminar in collaboration with Kildare Arts Specialist, Carolann Courtney, Ailish continues her work within Kildare as dancer in residence at McAuley Place, Naas. Ailish leads weekly dance classes for those with Parkinsons Disease at DanceHouse, kindly supported by Dance Ireland. 2017 will see Ailish entering her third and most extensive residency yet for The National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital with thanks to funding from South Dublin County Council and The Arts Council, Ireland. 

Email: ailishclaffeydance@gmail.com