Dance Classes for People with Parkinson’s

Every Friday from Fri 2 Feb 2018 - Fri 25 May 2018
11:30 - 13:00
Please Note:
No Class 16 Mar or 4 May
€5 (tea/coffee included)
Open to all
Ailish Claffey

About Dance for Parkinson’s Classes @ DanceHouse

In our dance for Parkinson’s classes, participants are inspired to explore movement and music in ways that are energising, fun, stimulating and creative. Internationally, people effected by Parkinson’s Disease, have hugely benefitted from taking part in dance classes as their range and fluidity of motion, multi-tasking and balance increase in addition to co-ordination and efficiency of movement.

‘The class helps me think about a certain kind of movement, and explore that movement, that I might not otherwise have encountered just walking around. It shifts my perspective and makes me think about things in an entirely new way.’

Classes are led by professional dance artist, Ailish Claffey, who has trained in Dance for P.D. with David Leventhal, Mark Morris Dance Company, Brooklyn, US. They start with a gentle chair based warm up, then work towards shifting weight out of the chair and up to standing before transferring weight and travelling through space. Affinities of movement, effort qualities and rhythm are explored as we connect to the music and enjoy moving together as a group. 

Join us – increase your flexibility, range of motion, meet new people and have FUN!  Class is open to all and we welcome care givers, spouses and friends to join in. 

 ‘I don’t know if it happens to everyone, but I lose my symptoms when I’m there.’

‘The music and movement started, I was filled with great joy. I was able to take the whole class and walked out feeling accomplished.’

·         Tea and coffee served before class

·         Classes take place in beautiful professional studio space

·         No partnered required (carers, family and friends are welcome!)

·         No previous dance experience required

·         There’s no right or wrong way – we just move in a way that's right for YOU! 

About Ailish

Since graduating from Trinity LABAN, UK with a BA(Hons) in Dance Theatre, Ailish has studied Theatre Directing at NUIM and continues her studies at Trinity LABAN for a Post-graduate Specialist Diploma in Choreological Studies. 

Creating and performing new work in a collaborative capacity since 2007, Ailish has worked professionally with choreographers including Anneke Hansen Dance (NYC), Irish Modern Dance Theatre (Ire), Sara Rudner (NYC) and Daria Fain (NYC).
Ailish’s choreographic work and collaborations have been performed internationally including New York, Boston, Pennsylvania, Canada, Sweden, Bulgaria & Scotland in addition to various national venues including The Project Arts Centre (Dublin) & The Firkin Crane (Cork). Having completed numerous artistic residencies both nationally and internationally, Ailish’s choreographic work has been performed as part of The Dublin Dance Festival, The Dublin Fringe Festival, Bealtaine, The Kinsale Arts Festival, Green Ribbon Week and Abundance Festival (Sweden).

Ailish is a founding member of Claffey | Christofi Dance alongside dance artist Alicia Christofi-Walshe and co-founder of Folded Productions with dance artist Laura Murphy. Ailish’s choreographic work has been kindly supported by Dance Ireland, The Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Kerry County Council, Kildare County Council, Fishamble: The New Play Company, Daghdha Dance Company, F2 Centre, Shawbrook Dance Centre, Firkin Crane, La Cathedral Studios, Kinsale Arts Week (Ireland) and The Candy Factory (Pennsylvania).

Ailish has been the recipient of many awards most notably: Community Dance Award (in collaboration with dance artist Michelle Cahill) (2013) Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DIR), Culture Ireland Award (2013) (Tour new work to Pennsylvania, USA), Culture Ireland Award (2012) (Tour new work to Boston and New York), Choreographic Bursary Award, Dance Ireland (2010), Travel & Training Award (2009) (2011).

Committed to developing contemporary dance within communities, Ailish works in collaboration with community groups and has designed and delivered many large scale projects for various groups of mixed abilities. Most recent engagements include dance for: Adults in Rehabilitation, Older Persons and People with Parkinson’s Disease.

Ailish has worked on and led projects for The H.S.E. Dublin, Kerry Local Sports Partnership, V.E.C. Kilkenny, South Dublin County Council, Bealtaine Festival, Dublin Dance Festival & NOISE Dublin, Enable Ireland, St. John of God’s, Stewarts Care, Macushla Dance Club, Dance Ireland, Youths at Risk, Dance United, Kerry County Council while Community Dancer in Residence (alongside Laura Murphy).

Ailish is certified by Mark Morris Dance Company, Brooklyn to teach Dance for Parkinsons Disease.

Ailish was invited to study with functional Anatomist Irene Dowd, NYC where she completed Teachers Course in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) Patterns (2012) & Spirals (2013).

For further information:

  • Telephone: 01 855 8800
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