Aisling McCormick

Aisling McCormick

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Research Focus

Aisling McCormick (she/her) is a PhD research student under the supervision of Professor Aoife McGrath. Her research focus area is dance to improve health in the perinatal period. She is currently investigating collaborations between artists and perinatal health services through a comparative analysis of existing dance interventions which aim to improve maternal health.  As a freelance dance artist and creative facilitator, and as a mother of three young children, she has come to this research role with a practical and personal interest.


Aisling McCormick is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator from Dublin, based in Belfast. Her choreography has been performed in Samuel Beckett Theatre, Project Arts CentreSmock Alley Theatre and Accidental Theatre. She has extensive experience teaching and facilitating dance and music workshops in many settings, and currently is a key facilitator for the Belfast Movement Choir intergenerational project with Maiden Voyage Dance. For many years she directed the intercultural Discovery Gospel Choir (Dublin), including 3 all-Ireland tours, working with DisneySky TV, and collaborating with artists such as KílaGemma HayesBrendan Graham and Liam O’Maonlaí. Aisling has a PGCE teaching qualification and experience teaching dance A Level, GCSE and BTEC Level 3 Diploma Performing Arts. In 2019 and 2020 she was awarded two Arts Council NI bursaries to create new dance work. An experienced choral singer and director, Aisling regularly performs with Tonnta Vocal Ensemble and HIVE Choir and as a freelance singer.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities