Dance & Health

We support the wellness benefits of dance for older people through artistically and physically focused classes.

Currently we support two Dance and Health programmes: Macushla Dance Club (50+), and Dance for People with Parkinson’s, which is also open to carers, friends and family.

Macushla Dance Club

Macushla Dance Club is a dance club for individuals 50+ which is free and always open to new people. The class runs over 40 weeks per year on a Thursday from 11.30-1pm, and starts with a cup of tea/coffee. Dance Ireland has supported Macushla since 2008 and is monitored by choreographer Ríonach Ní Néill and facilitated by a variety of experienced dance professionals.

Dance for Parkinson’s

The benefits of dance for people with Parkinson’s have been well documented and supported by organisations such as Move4Parkinson’s. Hear from Dance for PD Program Director David Leventhal on how ‘thinking like a dancer’ can aid the management of Parkinson’s. Our classes run for three terms on a Wednesday from 11.30-1pm and are open to all. We also welcome care givers, spouses and friends to join us too. The cost of each class is €5 and includes tea/coffee. 

Participants can also stay until 2pm for a Creative Class to collaborate and create through movement at no additional cost.

Classes are led by professional dance artist, Ailish Claffey who has trained in Dance for P.D. and is Dance Artist in Residence at Tallaght Hospital.

Check out our  to see when you can join in the next Dance & Health activity at DanceHouse.

If DanceHouse isn’t near to you, check out Dance Theatre of Ireland’s classes (Dun Laoghaire).

Want to know more?  Listen to the talk given by Ailish Claffey & Arts, Health and Wellbeing Officer at Kildare County Council, Carolann Courtney on the topic of Dance and Health or watch our Dance for Parkinson's film below.