Archive for July, 2012

ACE dance and music Summer Schools 2012 – latest news

Posted in Uncategorized on July 24, 2012 by charlottegregory

ACE dance and music are offering 2 exciting Summer School opportunities for the holidays, supported by Birmingham City Council.

Summer School 1 for 7-11 years is SOLD OUT!! So only reserve list places are available.

Summer School 2 for 12-18 years still has a few places on offer so get in quick!

ACE Youth in Amsterdam

Posted in Uncategorized on July 23, 2012 by charlottegregory

This week ACE Youth are in Holland for a tour and youth exchange project with Untold  – a Dutch youth empowerment dance and drumming organisation. The exchange is funded by Youth In Action.

The project ‘Pitch Your Talent’ will see our young people, working with Untold and other youth dance and drumming groups from Amsterdam and London in 3 mixed groups, to create 3 new pieces of work created by the young people to be performed on Friday night at NoLimit.

It’s going to be a busy and rewarding week – good luck ACE Youth!

ACE dance and music Summer – Autumn 2012 brochure now available!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 19, 2012 by charlottegregory

Oak House Alive Video Project

Posted in Uncategorized on July 12, 2012 by The Lift Creative Services

Back in April ACE dance and music dancers Laura Vanhulle and Iona Waite led an exciting dance session with a group of young people from West Bromwich. This was part of a collaborative project between partners; Solar Pictures, Black Country Touring, Sandwell Museums Services and U-Choose Youth Project.

Working with Solar Pictures and dancers Laura & Iona “Young People from West Bromwich create dances inspired by the historical building of Oak House and the items found within it. Candles, rocking chairs, shadows and clocks became the starting point for stories told through dance about the building and its history.”

Click here to watch film footage of the project

Further R&D with José Agudo

Posted in Uncategorized on July 8, 2012 by The Lift Creative Services

ACE dance and music will be holding a further R&D period for invited dancers with Spanish choreographer and Akram Khan Rehearsal Director José Agudo from 17th – 19th September 2012, in preparation for the next touring production Mana (2013-14).  Find out more about the last residency here 

Get Involved Listings

Posted in Uncategorized on July 8, 2012 by The Lift Creative Services

Remember… for our get involved listings and class programme please visit the community page on our website


ACE summer schools Aug 2012

Posted in Uncategorized on July 8, 2012 by The Lift Creative Services

ACE dance and music love reaching out to new young people and therefore we are running two summer schools this year at our studio, the Link Dance Space.

Summer School 1: Olympic Fun // Ages 7-11 // Mon 30thJuly – Fri 3rdAug //  9.30am – 3.30pm

A creative summer school celebrating the London 2012 Olympic Games using dance, drama and crafts: parents and friends are invited at the end of the week for a performance of the new work created by the children!

Summer School 2: Street and Contemporary Dance Fusion // Ages 12-18 // Mon 6th– Fri 10th Aug: 10.30am – 4pm

Working with some of ACE dance and music’s professional dancers to create a fresh new piece of dance, fusing street, contemporary and hip-hop inspired dance moves. ACE dance and music are recruiting for our youth dance company ACE Youth, who regularly tour and perform nationally and internationally, and this school will be a talent spotting opportunity for the Company.Image

Both Summer Schools are £40 per person for the week and there are limited spaces available on both so call early and book your place to avoid disappointment!

More information from the ACE office: 0121 314 5830 //

ACE dance and music directors Gail and Ian talk about the next few months

Posted in Uncategorized on July 8, 2012 by The Lift Creative Services

ACE dance and music have an exciting few months ahead and we sincerely hope you will be able to come along and join in.

Education is central to our ethos at ACE dance and music and since becoming an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation in April 2012, we have been very busy concentrating on our education outreach programme. This season is no exception with a wide variety of activity on offer.

ACE dance and music are now part of a European youth dance network: Dance=Désir and our own celebrated youth dance company ACE Youth are going from strength to strength. May and June have  seen ACE Youth perform at Birmingham Town Hall for the International Dance Festival, for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Torch Relay both with Sampad, and at London’s RichMix with Shoreditch Youth Dance. We are pleased to announce that in July 2012 ACE Youth have been chosen by Youth Dance England’s National Young Dance Ambassadors to perform as part of the U.Dance 2012 Festival in London. Then, later in July ACE Youth will be on tour to Amsterdam for a second exchange programme with our friends Untold: a Dutch dance and drumming empowerment organisation.Watch footage from the previous exchange here. ACE Youth also hope to go to Switzerland in October – more details to come!

In June we began our adults’ community performance project Impulse, working with Senegalese artists Landing Mané and KhalifaConte of JamoJamo Arts. The project offers weekly West African dance and drumming classes for adults at our studio the Link Dance Space.These energetic classes run all the way until September, and there will be regular performance opportunities too, so if you know anyone who you think would like to come and take part then please tell them about us. A key performance as part of this project will be Pulse and Beats at mac on Saturday 18th August; it promises to be an evening full of summer vibes and lively performance, so if you’re more comfortable sitting in the auditorium than being on stage then this is the event for you – come along for a guaranteed feel-good time!

Directors Gail and Ian Parmel have also been busy making connections with International artists in preparation for our next touring production Manafor 2013-14 (watch this space!) and recently returned from a 2 week visit to South Africa to meet with Vuyani Dance Theatre and other exciting artists.

Finally, if you fancy yourself as a bit of an ACE supporter then you might be interested in getting involved in our Friends of ACE (FACE) Group. Our parents and friends get together with ACE staff over an informal brunch once a term to offer fundraising ideas, marketing support and general know-how, so if you would like to get involved and support our charity then you can email to get your invite to our next meeting.

We look forward to seeing you very soon.

Gail and Ian Parmel

Directors, ACE dance and music