Dance Classes for People with Parkinson’s

Every Monday from Mon 9 Sep 2019 - Mon 9 Dec 2019
11:30 - 13:00
Please Note:
No Classes on Bank Holiday Monday 28 October
€5 (tea/coffee included)
Open to all
Ailish Claffey (lead) & Olwyn Lyons

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."

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 a 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! 

Classes are led by professional dance artist,  Ailish Claffey.

Ailish Claffey is the founding member of HAVOC Dance and is the Dancer in Residence at the Age Related Health Care Unit, The National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght University Hospital (2015 - 2022), kindly funded by South Dublin County Council, The Arts Council, Ireland and supported by The Meath Foundation. Curator of 2016 and 2018 Kildare Dance and Movement Summer School | Dance and Health Seminar (including 2018 Arts Council Invitation to collaboration scheme), Co-Curator of Sensing Movement alongside Ali Baker Kerrigan, The National Centre for Arts and Health and Co-curator of Last night a DJ Saved my Life alongside Cathy Coughlan as part of First Fortnight Europe. Ailish chooses to specialise in choreological studies, dance health and older people. Ailish has completed advanced teacher training with David Leventhal, Mark Morris Dance Company, Brooklyn and renowned Functional Anatomist Irene Dowd (NYC) and continues her professional development with Post Graduate Specialist Diploma in Choreological Studies, Trinity Laban, London.

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’s work has been kindly supported by Dance Ireland, The Arts Council, Ireland, Culture Ireland and Kildare Co. Council.

Ailish has designed and delivered many large scale projects including H.S.E. Dublin, Kerry Local Sports Partnership, South Dublin County Council, Bealtaine Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Enable Ireland, St. John of God’s, Stewarts Care, Dance Ireland, Macushla Dance Club, Youths at Risk among others. Co-director of Claffey | Christofi Dance, Ailish was awarded Dance Artist in Residence at Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin (2018) by Arts Council Ireland. 

Olwyn Lyons (assistant teacher) Olwyn works as an independent choreographer, dance artist and facilitator. Over the past 9 years Olwyn has worked extensively in Carlow and Dublin, leading and assisting projects with a variety of communities of age, place and location. Olwyn has successfully completed Introduction to Teaching PD (Dance for PD® USA ,People Dancing: Foundation for Community Dance UK) and this year she completed Advanced Training Dance for Parkinsons (Dance for Parkinson’s Network UK, People Dancing UK, Dance for PD® USA, The English National Ballet). Since 2016 Olwyn has been regularly co-teaching Dance for Parkinsons with fellow Dance Artist, Ailish Claffey at Dance Ireland.





For further information:

  • Telephone: 01 855 8800
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