Aoife O’Keeffe is an Irish ballet and contemporary dancer and choreographer. She started her training in her hometown of Clonmel, and was accepted to the National Youth Ballet of Ireland at a young age. She continued her studies at Firkin Crane, Cork, under Alan Foley, director at Cork City Ballet. She regularly performed at Firkin Crane, as well as The Cork City Opera House, and Green Glens Arena.
Aoife moved to London where she was accepted for postgraduate studies in dance at the world famous and state-of-the-art Laban Studios, graduating in 2004.
In London, Aoife performed in prestigious venues such as the acclaimed Bonnie Bird Theatre, and Tate Modern, as well as performing at Wembley Stadium. As a performer, Aoife toured the UK, Europe, and USA, where a lot of her own choreography was also performed.
Aoife has remained in demand as a teacher and choreographer, and has taught with and written for various groups throughout the UK. She has taught dance at University of Sussex in Brighton, and while living in Brighton, she also ran a series of successful dance camps in various cities along the south coast of the UK as well as London, working with various age-groups, as well as teaching children with special needs. Aoife has also taught for various groups in Ireland, including numerous schools, primary and secondary, as well as special needs. Aoife is a certified teacher in Progressing Ballet Technique.
Aoife is the mom of three young boys, and understands the importance of group activities in a child's development, both physically and mentally, and encourages creativity and promotes confidence building.
▪ Diploma in Dance from Firkin Crane, Cork
▪ Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London
▪ Advanced level ballet grading with Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing
▪ Fully qualified and certified teacher of Progressing Ballet Technique
▪ Professional member of Dance Ireland
▪ Member of Performing Arts Educators of Ireland
▪ Fully certified in First Aid Response
▪ Studied Kinesiology (the study of body movement, including physiological, biomechanical, and psychological mechanisms)
▪ Taught contemporary dance at University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
▪ Teaches dance in numerous primary and secondary schools in Ireland
▪ Works in various special needs units teaching dance
▪ Performed and choreographed in Ireland, the UK, Europe and USA