Carmel McKenna has been involved in Irish dance for fifty-five years as a dancer, coach, educator, historian, memorabilia collector and researcher. She attained her Irish dance teaching qualification in 1987 and founded Munster Academy of Dance in Limerick in 1997. In her roles as Principal and Creative Director, Carmel leads Munster Academy of Dance’s adaptive Irish céilí dance courses (including Train the Train programmes) within the arts and health sphere. Examples of such programmes include Céilí Recall © for older people; Some Dance to Remember © for people living with dementia; and Reels on Wheels © for wheelchair users.
- Arts and people with disabilities
- Arts in health
- Community arts
- Older people
- Socially-engaged practice