Biography

DANCER IN RESIDENCE

Age Related Health Care Unit, The National Centre for Arts and Health

Tallaght Hospital (AMNCH)

Kindly supported by South Dublin County Council, The Meath Foundation and The Arts Council, Ireland.


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).

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