Lisa Cliffe

Lisa Cliffe is a mother, contemporary dance artist, farmer, movement facilitator and educator. In 2021, she was the recipient of a 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. Lisa has received a number of bursary awards from the Arts Council to support her research in somatic and movement practices in education contexts with young people. Lisa is an innovative educator and advocate of creative dance as an embedded art form in primary schools. She was 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, recent highlights include the 2023 Creative Associate National gathering, Engaging the Senses: Creative Consultation and Engagement Methodologies with Children, Young People in Primary, SEN and Post Primary settings and the Belfast Children’s Festival 2020. In 2021, she performed under Laura Murphy and Joan Davis in The Shake and Garden as Gallery respectively. 

Lisa is a passionate organic vegetable grower, with a promising future as a regenerative small scale farmer in Fermoy, Co. Cork! She received a level 5 certification in Organic Horticulture in 2023. 

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.