Sensing Movement: A Dance, Health and Wellbeing Symposium by the National Centre for Arts and Health will take place at Rua Red Arts Centre, Tallaght on 28 July 2017. Focusing on crafting connection, building community and sustaining dance and health practice, this symposium is for health practitioners, movers, teachers, students and those searching to connect in new ways through the moving body.

The symposium will comprise a series of movement workshops, panel discussions, short presentations and film screenings from diverse voices including:

David Leventhal, Programme Director, Dance for Parkinsons Disease, Mark Morris Dance Group, Brooklyn, New York
Miranda Tufnell, UK based highly-experienced dance maker and artist working in the field of healthcare
Dr. Jenny Elliot, Chief Executive at ArtsCare, an Arts and Health Charity based in Northern Ireland
Ailish Claffey, Dance Artist in Residence, Tallaght Hospital
Deirdre Glenfield, Visual Artist in Residence, Tallaght Hospital
Hazel Hodgins, Dance Ireland
Carolann Courtney, Kildare Arts and Health Specialist

The Dance Back Home, a video documentary created with patients and staff in the Age Related Unit in Tallaght Hospital by Artists in Residence Ailish Claffey and Deirdre Glenfield, will be screened for the first time.

Panel discussions will be moderated by Dr Ronan Collins (Director of Stroke Services and Consultant in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine at Tallaght Hospital) and Dr Hilary Moss (Senior Lecturer in Music Therapy at the World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick).

The symposium is jointly curated by Alison Baker Kerrigan (Programme Manager for The National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital) and Ailish Claffey (Movement and Dance Specialist and Dancer in Residence, Tallaght Hospital).

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