Archive for August, 2012

Shrewsbury Folk Festival a huge success!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2012 by charlottegregory

ACE dance and music performed to an appreciative audience over 4,000 people at Shrewsbury Folk Festival last weekend, and ran a series of workshops in traditional African, contemporary and street dance for adults, young people and children. We want to thank Shrewsbury for a fantastic weekend, which our team thoroughly enjoyed. Here you can see our Artistic Director Gail Parmel performing in a satellite performance in Shrewsbury Market Square last Sunday.

Summer School group to perform at Pulse and Beats this Saturday!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 15, 2012 by charlottegregory

We were so impressed by what was achieved last week at our Summer School, that we have asked the young people to perform the piece which they created with upcoming choreographer Shanelle Clemenson and ACE Youth Group Leader Iona Waite at ACE dance and music’s mixed bill performance ‘Pulse and Beats’, on Saturday 18th August at mac, Birmingham, at 7pm. The piece is called ‘Daydreamers’ and playfully explores the abstract and random nature of dreams. Much of the movement was created by the young people themselves, who are a new group coming together to create and perform the work for the first time.

Praise from young people and parents for ACE dance and music’s Commercial and Contemporary Dance Summer School…

Posted in Uncategorized on August 15, 2012 by charlottegregory

“We communicated well through dance and shared a range of styles in the workshop.”

“[What I enjoyed most was] creating my own movements and then teaching it to another dancer. I had the chance to show what I got as a dancer/choreographer.”

“It feels good to learn something difficult.”

“The dancers were all friendly and willing to help each other. Everyone had their own style and it was good to learn from each other.”

“[What I enjoyed most was] the feeling and the bond between everyone.”

“I think it’s been fantastic for them to involve themselves in an intense programme of dance and learn different aspects. They have really loved it! Excellent […] What I saw was great and I will be coming to the performance on the 18th!”

“An African centred contemporary dance company that specialises in youth empowerment and that has a lovely family vibe and the staff are wonderful.”

“Excellent – outstanding 10/10.”

“We have really enjoyed it! Our daughter was very apprehensive, but after the week she has blossomed. Great work – thank-you!”

“It was wonderful. So professional and great to watch.”

“ACE is fantastic. I want to keep coming. The teachers are strict but very friendly and focused. Like family.”

Pulse and Beats at mac, Birmingham – Saturday 18th August at 7pm

Posted in Uncategorized on August 13, 2012 by charlottegregory

All week ACE Youth are hosting our friends and fellow youth dancers from Amsterdam Untold, and we are also lucky enough this time to welcome a further 2 Dutch groups: Incredible Kids and Picture 6. They are working together led by professional dancers Sade and Kristina Alleyne (who performed with Akram Khan company for the Olympic Opening Ceremony!) to create a new collaborative piece of dance, which will be premiered at Pulse and Beats alongside work from each group’s repertoire. Pulse and Beats will also feature international artists from Senegal and our adults’ Traditional African Dance and Drumming group Impulse – it’s going to be a packed evening and well worth your £7 so book your tickets here now:

ACE dance and music new teaser video by film maker Mat Beckett – check it out!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 6, 2012 by charlottegregory

ACE dance and music feature in the Voice…

Posted in Uncategorized on August 2, 2012 by charlottegregory

Poppy Brady featured our ACE Youth dancers in an article about the Cultural Olympiad which you can read here…

Olympic sized fun at ACE dance and music’s summer school this week…

Posted in Uncategorized on August 1, 2012 by charlottegregory

We are having a lot of fun this week with 32 talented children in our studio. We are very proud of what they’ve achieved already and you can see them in action here creating Olympic torches with artist Claire Whitcomb, beautifully captured by Graeme Braidwood. The week’s activities are all themed around the Olympic games using dance,theatre and craft. As I type this I can hear them practicing their marching dance in the studio – can’t wait to see what they have put together for Friday’s sharing!