Ann Cleary

Ann Cleary

Ann Cleary
Qualified Teacher

June 2016

Professional Training:

2009 - 2013

Based in:
Dundalk Ireland

Working location:

About Ann


“As we tap into the deep sources of bodily wisdom through creative art expression, we dance the renewal, recreation, and healing of ourselves and our world.”    Anna Halprin 


I was born in the mid 1960s and grew up in the country. In my teens, twenties and thirties I was hugely determined to find a freedom and sought that in the world of material achievement and changing the world in any way I could.  I was also extremely lucky to have some people in my life who lived in a heart-ful way and through that crack I started to discover myself as a human being.


One of those cracks was a ‘5 Rhythms’ workshop. I discovered I loved to dance and that it brought a clarity, feeling and freedom into my life.  Eventually I came across Ya’Acov and Susannah Darling Khan. As they developed their own Movement Medicine practice I followed as I knew it was the medicine I needed.


I was hugely lucky to be able to study in depth with Susannah and Ya'Acov as a Apprentice and later to follow the path to become a Movement Medicine teacher. This is a huge pleasure, privilege and source of on-going insight and inspiration.  I love to feel and witness the capacity of Movement Medicine to help us be more ourselves, to love and have a bit more compassion for ourselves and others, and to see the many ways the dance floor helps us in our lives.  


I feel that the time I have here is an on-going quest to become a human being. This is both a joyful and at times painful quest as I meet the shadows of myself, my ego, my will and attachments.  Yet I find that the more fully I give in to life the richer and freer my life is.  



More information available at Dance Into Life Movement Practice on on my website






Specialising in:

The Yin of Life

Accepting and discovering my human-ness

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Dance into Life

‘Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?’

Mary Oliver

I call my Movement Medicine offering Dance into Life. I am hoping that the words suggest that dance is a way of waking us up into the life that is here right now and also a way of being with what life brings - its joy, pleasure, pain, sorrow and being a compassionate witness to whatever is.

For me Movement Medicine helps with the personal, the collective, spirit and my quest to more and more embody my human-ness.

Movement Medicine as Personal Medicine

For me dance is a personal development practice and a beautiful way to bring the medicine we need to ourselves. This is as varied as we are. In my years dancing I have seem myself and others find their hearts and live with the bliss and pain of being human. I have seen myself and others become adult in accepting ourselves, including our wounds and shadows, and to do that with a love of life. I have seem many dancers take the risk of having dreams, being hopeful and working towards what makes them happy.

Movement Medicine as Collective Medicine

This dance practice reminds us we are not alone, and invites us to sense the living emerging life of this planet, our home. I believe that the big changes so many of dream of such as sustainable living, justice, economic and social well being, and the centrality and transience of being a human living on an amazingly beautiful planet for a short time, can only be realised as we work with self. Changing ourselves with compassion and clarity brings healing to the bigger picture.

Spirit and Mystery

Behind everything there is a mystery, a spirit and a miracle.Sometimes we can touch this in the dance, sometimes we can feel into its wisdom and love and this strengthens us and connects us to the bigger universal love and spirit that holds us.

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Working With Decision Makers

“Through dance we can rediscover a spiritual identity and community we have lost, and the work of making this dance current, immediate, and necessary continues to be of the greatest importance”

Anna Halprin

One of my dreams is to bring Movement Medicine into the sphere of leadership, decision making and politics.

My own sense of these spaces is that most people who find themselves as leaders and decision makers care deeply about the world and want to serve their communities. Yet is is very difficult to sustain hope, to nourish values and to operate with integrity in the systems we have created. It is also evident in all sorts of ways that the machine model of how to be in the world is hurting individuals, creating inefficiencies and bring our planet to the brink of destruction.

Furthermore our world desperately needs leaders and decision makers who recognise the limitations of our current paradigms, who can create news ways of being and who can hold love for the living planet at their core. We need 'warriors' who have hope, care and are willing to be vulnerable.

Recreating the world is not an easy task. It begins with ourselves. It is hard work as Maya Angelou says 'We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.'

To explore this area further I have offered Movement Medicine to politicians and change makers. I hope to continue this work.

Movement Medicine can help leaders and decision makers in many ways. It can remind us of who we are, that we are part of living systems and as connected to the earth for example as a tree or a flower is, it can help us to stand in our own authority, to find our creative possibility and focus to bring our dreams to life.

‘Some people do civil disobedience, protest marches, whatever - we dance’

Anna Halprin