Lisa Cliffe

Lisa Cliffe is a contemporary dance artist, movement facilitator and educator. In 2020, she received a Dance Ireland LaunchPad Award to conduct research into dance education in primary schools. Lisa is the recipient of a 2021 Dance Ireland HATCH award.

Originally from Co. Limerick, Lisa has cultivated her dance practice in Cork since 2017. Formerly a primary teacher, she holds an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick (2010). In 2015, Lisa received a certificate of attendance from ‘Origins’, a somatic movement and therapy training delivered by Joan Davis. 

She has developed a large portfolio of collaborative work in a broad range of professional, educational and community contexts. In 2016 & 2018 Lisa received bursary awards from the Arts Council to support her research in somatic and movement practices in education contexts. Lisa is an innovative educator and advocate of creative dance as an embedded art form in primary schools. Lisa was the first Dance Artist in Residence at the Froebel Department of Early Childhood and Primary Education at Maynooth University (2014-2016). She has been a Creative Associate with the Arts Council’s Creative Schools Programme since 2019. Lisa’s own work has been shown nationally, most recently at the 2019 National Arts in Education Portal Day at NUI Galway and the Belfast Children’s Festival 2020. During the 2021 Cork Midsummer Festival, she will perform in The Shake under the choreographic direction of Laura Murphy & Siobhán Ní Dhuinnín.  

Lisa is a passionate vegetable grower, with a promising future as a regenerative small scale farmer!

Lisa was a participating artist on the ‘Virtually There’ project (2016 – 2020) managed by Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership. This project was a long-term artist-in-residence programme, which connected and supported engagement between practicing artists, children and teachers in Northern Ireland through virtual communication.