About Us
"Music and dance to elevate the soul" - The Birmingham Post

About ACE Dance and Music

Ace dance and music’s mission is to promote the power of Dance through cultural exchange.

Founded in 1996, ACE dance and music is a national and international touring dance company. Although firmly rooted in our home city of Birmingham, we have a global perspective and are universally recognised leaders in the field of Contemporary African and Caribbean Dance. Our signature style is rooted in traditional Afro-fusion forms – yet expressed through a purely contemporary lens.

We aim to promote the generosity and openness of collaboration and cultural exchange using shared choreographic methods and new technologies. To this end the company has nurtured relationships with a network of international Artistic Associates. Seeking to blend African & Caribbean movement aesthetics with contemporary techniques to create high quality innovative performance – we set our dance to original music and often use new digital media and techniques from other disciplines including theatre.

ACE’s reputation has grown over the last 21 years because of our high-quality professional touring productions, class and carnival presentations, bespoke outreach and education programmes and in-house studio dance classes. Nurturing the next generation is central to what we do, and we also run ‘ACE Youth’ – our young person’s dance company, with an independent reputation for excellence.

Our 10-year vision is that ACE dance and music will be a national centre focused on promoting, producing and presenting outstanding contemporary dance inspired by the African Diaspora. We seek to build strong development pathways for emerging dancers with a clear progression from pre-school to successful careers working at the highest industry standard. ACE dance and music will be housed in facilities that are inspirational, environmentally sound and financially supportable.

Mission and Vision

Our Vision

We are a nationally and internationally recognised leader in the field of Contemporary African and Caribbean Dance. Our signature is rooted in traditional forms but through our collaborations with other artists, choreographers and new technologies we express this through a purely contemporary lens.

Our Mission

To promote the beauty of collaboration through appreciation of cultural exchange using shared choreographic methods and new technologies.

Founded in October 1996, Birmingham based ACE dance and music (African Cultural Exchange Ltd.) is a professional dance Company based in the West Midlands, under the artistic direction of Gail Parmel and musical direction of Ian Parmel.

ACE dance and music fuse traditional African and Caribbean dance aesthetic with contemporary techniques to create high quality innovative performance work, outreach and education programmes for adults and young people in a variety of formal and informal settings within Birmingham, the West Midland region, across the UK and increasingly in mainland Europe.

The Company’s work involves music collaborations, the use of new and digital media and techniques from other performing arts including theatre.