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Only four more autumn dates for our brilliant touring production ICE

Posted in ICE, Uncategorized with tags on November 15, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

ICE Remaining dates in 2011, book now.

Thur 17 Nov 2011 (Mat and Eve) / Salisbury Arts Centre / 01722 321744

Thur 24 & Fri 25 Nov 2011 (Mat and Eve) / mac, Birmingham / 0121 446 3232

Tues 29 Nov (Eve) / Stamford Arts Centre, Lincs / 01780 763203

ACE dancer John Ross moving and shaking in Kendal

Posted in Education and Schools, ICE on November 3, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

This week, myself and Jerome took a trip up to the Lake District to stay in the town of Kendal. All week we have been delivering workshops to all ages from the ages of 7 all the way up to 60!

The experiences that participants had – were people who have never danced before in their lives to people who attend regular dance classes.

Being in the Lake District was a nice relaxing change from busy overcrowded cities to what me and Jerome are used to, to an almost ghost like town. Being from Scotland it was really nice to have that peaceful and WET little town, that made me miss home. Even though it’s quiet, the people we have met have all been extremely friendly and really helpful and made us feel real welcome. Even though at certain parts of the day there is no-one in sight! Even in the City Centre! The first night we got here was Halloween and walking down the empty street with lots of alley ways…. at 10pm it did feel like some sort of horror movie!

The education work has been a breath of fresh air! Coming in to teach kids what we have learnt in the past couple of months and from our training made these kids believe in themselves that if they wanted to do this as a career it can be an option. In some of our workshops the quiet kids at the beginning really came out of their shells and by the end of the class were coming to the front of the lines and doing the sequences without our assistance. I feel delivering the workshops with another guy (Jerome) really made the kids want to prove themselves, in some of the classes when we showed the kids – they all wanted praise always asking ‘is it like this, this?’ It was nice that they were so keen to get it right and show off.

It really made me think about what I am doing as a dancer. Even though I am doing it for myself, because it’s something I love, inspiring someone younger than me who is thinking maybe they want to do this also makes it even more worthwhile.  Jerome and I made a real good connection with the kids and I would love to come back and teach them again!

There was one real challenge for us, we didn’t know that we would be teaching 30-50yr olds for a class! some had bad knee’s or couldn’t do certain things, so being put on the spot we had to come up with alternatives for every sequence, when seeing them move we had to think straight away, ok, what is good for these people! It was a brilliant night, really enjoyable, and very nice to work with mature women and men.

There was one group of kids that we taught and at the beginning we had 4 participants. By the middle we had one (with about 10 new arrivals who decided to watch and shout and talk) … but we persevered and carried on what we set out to do and by the end we had about 8 of them dancing fully. This group for me reminded me of my childhood, that I didn’t really have anything like this and was just hanging out outside shops etc. So seeing them and having chance to work with them, I could totally relate. This was the biggest challenge for myself, but I feel it had the best success.

It certainly made me want to continue what I am doing and try my best to inspire anyone who I happen to teach or if they see me perform.

I just want to thank those kids and everyone else who took part in this week. It’s been great! Oh and also – remind everyone to come and watch us perform ICE at The Brewery Art Centre tomorrow (Fri 4th Nov).

ACE dance and music are touring ICE this November, catch us in a venue near you

Posted in ICE with tags on November 1, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

ACE dance and music in Cumbria

Posted in Education and Schools, ICE with tags on November 1, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

In the last few weeks our dancers have been having a brilliant time working with over 200 people across Cumbria, delivering taster dance workshops,  teaching  the Brewery Youth Dance group ‘Boyz Moves’ which consists of three classes for boys aged 7-15yrs and an adult class. As the sessions were led by the two male  company dancers, this had a huge impact on the boys.  The group were keen to learn new techniques and gain feedback from the company members.


On Sunday 30th Oct 2011 – 10 dancers aged 11-30 yrs worked together for 6 hours to create an exciting new piece of dance to be shown as a ‘Curtain Raiser’ performance, to be performed in the main theatre as part of the ‘ICE’ performance.  This is a valuable opportunity for dancers to experience a different style and way of working. The performance was well received and the dancers really enjoyed this challenging opportunity.

These dance workshops were financially supported by CSC and The Westmorland Arts Trust. Many thanks for your support.

 “CSC are proud sponsors of ACE dance and music in Cumbria. As one of Cumbria’s largest private sector employers we are delighted to support the local community.”  CSC

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ICE is on the road and the feedback has not been cold that’s for sure!

Posted in ICE with tags on October 18, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

After a brilliant night at Deda we are now continuing our tour of ICE across the UK.  I COULD tell you about how great the show is but I think I will let our audiences do that job for me…

“Beautiful contact work.”

“The combination and overall effect of the dancers movements with the lighting and music was very powerful. A sensory experience that cannot be expressed in words and does not need to be. At times disturbing – offering a frightening glimpse in to the future of mankind. You do not have to ‘know’ about contemporary dance to become absorbed in the performance.”

“Can be enjoyed and understood by dancers and non-dancers alike.”

“An extra-ordinary dance piece, lively and interesting.”

“Thought provoking, artistic, energetic and enigmatic contemporary performance.”

“Electric and thought provoking, the music, dance and visuals worked well together.”

“Exciting contemporary dance, the lighting and atmosphere was excellent and added interest to the piece.”

“Unique, beautiful, inspiring and extremely thought provoking.”

“Powerful and compelling.”

“Dynamic, full and alive.”

“Brilliant, holds the audience without words, creates an electric atmosphere, would love to watch more of ACE’s work. I would describe the show as a very ‘big’ dance piece, it doesn’t do ANYthing by halves.”

“Fantastic! Amazing movement and exploration of ideas about ‘being’ – through movement, I don’t know how you did that – but you did!”

“Mind blowing – loved the style and energy, use of music and graphic animation. I loved the bit where the dancers were chucking themselves on the floor and the fast disturbing strobe sequences. Felt a lot of combined emotions of humanity, hate and love. Moving”

Tour dates and ticket booking can be found here

October madness

Posted in ACE Youth, Classes, Education and Schools, ICE, Revival on October 17, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

This October there are many ways to get involved with ACE, get dancing or get inspired…

Tues 18 Oct // 6 – 8.30pm // Friends of ACE open
evening, drinks and nibbles, performances from ACE dance and music, ACE Youth and class members // The Link Dance Space,Digbeth // Just turn up

Wed 19 Oct // 6 – 9pm Revival FREE launch event, taster dance and drumming workshops.
Everyone welcome // come along and give
it a go! // The Drum, Pit and cafe bar, Birmingham // Just turn up

Fri 28 & Sat 29 Oct Dance: Desir // ACE Youth & friends dance showcase // Dancers from Europe
and the UK. An exciting evening celebrating
the creative talents of teenagers // Foyle Studio,mac, Birmingham mac // Box Office 0121 446 3232 // //
Buy tickets

ACE dancer Laura on the AMAZING Shenley Academy curtain raiser at The Arena Wolverhampton

Posted in Education and Schools, ICE on October 11, 2011 by The Lift Creative Services

After the première on the 1 of October at Northern school of contemporary dance, I can’t wait to now share more performances with different audiences and have more time in the studio to work in detail to perfect/ improve/ in-body the whole piece! As a dancer its so important to keep researching and to keep looking for new things in a piece/in ourselves, let’s say the search never finished “Its about the Journey, not the destination”.

We are just about to watch the première on DVD, that’s where the critical eye comes in. Hip HOI here we go the tickles of excitement are kicking in my tummy, as I love to rehearse, to then give my best on stage in Wolverhampton, The next destination, where there is also a Curtain Raiser.

It was great to share my knowledge with the students of Shenley Academy. As they where an absolutely talented and energetic group to work with.

As a professional you never stop learning, but it feels great to share what I have learnt with young passionate people. I hope I inspired them as much as they inspired me by the risks they took physically and as well by they enthusiasm and hard work.