Archive for September, 2011

ACE youth and friends perform at mac 28th & 29th Oct, phone, book, job done.

Posted in ACE Youth, Uncategorized on September 28, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

Here’s introducing ACE apprentice Lela and her thoughts on the ICE tech week

Posted in ICE, Uncategorized on September 26, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

Hi everyone!!!

I’m Eleonora Pennacchini, or simply Lela, and I am one of the two apprentices from The Northern School of Contemporary Dance who have had the amazing opportunity to join ACE on their new and adventurous ICE experience.

It is the 25th of September…only 5 days to go before the première…and excitement and expectations are filling the air.

Last week has been production week, probably the most busy week we’ve ever had up to now…but truly
the most fascinating, colourful and for sure the most peculiar one!!!!!!!!!!

We spent most of our time at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth College, with lighting designer Heidi Riley and her incredible team of technicians, observing amazed how the piece little by little started to reveal
it’s true appearance before our eyes.

We’ve been joined by composer Hiroaki Yokoyama which has been delighting our breaks with his wonderful piano music and by set designer Claire Whitcomb which has been working daily at the anatomical installations you’ll be seeing on stage.

The days have been long and tiring but as our intake of sugar and caffeine starts reaching the
stars, the company is starting to truly bond. High pitch singing competitions have been taking place during lunch breaks, to reveal that Letty is the future Mariah Carey and Sade is the yet to be discovered new Whitney Houston…(both of which are informations I “HAVEN’T BEEN THREATENED” to volunteer…) .

We’re working to give you the best show ever…come and support us on the 1st of October in Leeds, book tickets here…

Lela

It’s official, ACE dance and music has one of the best dance blogs in the West Midlands

Posted in Uncategorized on September 21, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

http://westmidlandsdance.com/2011/09/21/dance-blogs-in-the-west-midlands/

Dance = Désir

Posted in Uncategorized on September 21, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

50 talented young dancers // Excellence in Youth Dance  // International Ambition

ACE dance and music have curated an exciting youth dance programme with mac and Warwick Arts Centre, including International masterclasses, open rehearsals, film showings , performances and a symposium. The French youth ensemble Les Orteils de Sable, the youth company of Les Ballets Contemporains de Saint Etienne, will visit the UK and work with ACE’s talented youth company ACE Youth, presenting a rare opportunity to develop the profile of youth dance in a European context. This project has been funded with support from the European Commission, British Council and Arts Council England.

Youth dance symposium: ‘Promoting Youth Dance in an International Context’ // Sat 29th October // Venue: mac, Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH // Times: 12.30pm – 3.30pm // Contact ACE dance and music to book your place (spaces limited) //  0121 3145830 //  info@acedanceandmusic.com

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Youth dance showcase: Celebrate talented teenagers and have a great night! // With performances by ACE Youth, BCSE and Compagnie Orteils de Sable, Wire, Being Frank Youth and other well-respected youth dance companies from the West Midlands region // Fri 28th and Sat 29th October // 7.30pm // Foyle Studio, mac //  Time: 7.30pm //  Tickets: £6/£4 // www.macarts.co.uk // 0121 446 3232 (Open 9am – 11pm)

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ACE Youth is the youth dance company of ACE dance and music. Formed in 1998, they’re a group of talented young people from in and around Birmingham, between 11 and 21 years old. Trained under the artistic eye of Gail Parmel, ACE Youth promotes confidence and understanding in young artists and communities through the appreciation of African and Caribbean culture, dance and music. ACE Youth can demonstrate a growing reputation for exciting, physical, challenging work. In 2011 five more members of ACE Youth successfully auditioned for professional dance training; 95% of ACE Youth members who audition now go on to gain a place to train professionally. Furthermore, ACE Youth member Iona Waite has just been awarded the BBC performing arts fund Dance Fellowship 2011.

ACE is committed to developing young dancers and giving opportunities to young people and this award offers best practice for bridging the gap between youth dance and professional dance.



Iona Waite awarded BBC Dance Fellowship

Posted in Uncategorized on September 20, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

We are delighted to announce that ACE Youth member Iona Waite has been awarded the  BBC performing arts fund Dance Fellowship 2011

ACE has been funded to offer a unique training opportunity for Iona to work with the company, joining our Dancers in the studio as an apprentice, shadowing the dancers on the ICE tour, carrying out project work and administration.  Many of the venues ACE will be visiting are hosting extensive education residencies and Iona will work with ACE co-delivering lecture demonstrations and workshops.

Iona has eleven years of experience working as part of ACE Youth, she has completed a Foundation course in Contemporary Dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and is now in her final year at the University of Wolverhampton studying for a degree in Dance and Professional Practice. Iona won the award panel over with her clear passion for dance and her ability to strike up relationships with people from all walks of life.  Iona has a clear ability to lead others and to work as part of a team and this is a great opportunity for her to carve herplace within the dance world.

ACE is committed to developing young dancers and giving opportunities to young people.  This award offers best practice for bridging the gap between youth dance and professional dance.

The BBC Performing Arts Fund is a charity committed to developing new performing arts talent from across the UK. Since its inception in 2003 the Fund has awarded nearly £3.5m to aspiring musicians and talented performing arts individuals and community groups. To learn more about what the Fund does and how to apply please visit the website www.bbc.co.uk/performingartsfund

 

ACE Youth at ArtsFest 2011

Posted in Uncategorized on September 20, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

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We need you!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

Come to our community network brunch
Saturday 1st October // 11am // The Link Dance Space // Birmingham

Meet Charlotte (ACE’s administrator) and Nicky (ACE’s marketing associate) to be part of a fun network, helping us spread the word locally about classes and community events.

• Find out more about what we are doing
• Give us hints and tips for information sharing
• Take away promotional materials
• Help us create a buzz

See you there!