Education & Outreach

ACE dance and music is committed to creating new opportunities for young people and the wider community to experience high quality African, Caribbean, Contemporary dance and music. We offer an exciting programme of opportunities to inspire participants and develop their skills and understanding of dance. We run a thriving youth company and host regular dance classes for young people.

ACE dance and music offer a comprehensive education programme to inspire participants and develop their skills and understanding of dance. Over the years we’ve developed an outstanding reputation for delivering excellent education and participatory work. We deliver a wide range of teaching and training projects to people of all ages and abilities including groups with additional needs. Our workshops range from one hour taster sessions to week long residencies and our projects include intergenerational residencies and peer mentoring projects. We specialise in tailoring work to meet your needs.

African and Caribbean Taster Sessions

The taster session focuses on expanding African and Caribbean dance techniques, giving learners the opportunity to widen their movement vocabulary. The session provides each participant with the underpinning knowledge of the skills needed to progress in movement, creation and performance from the Afro-fusion technique.

Taster Sessions

Combine and develop the different movement techniques of traditional African and Caribbean dance with contemporary choreographic methods, to experience the ACE dance and music style.

Choreographic workshops

Using a section of ACE dance and music’s repertoire as a starting point, students will develop and create a small section of their own work using different choreographic methods. Ideal for GCSE or A level students who are creating work for exams.

Performance piece / Curtain raiser

Beginning with a taster session, participants go on to develop their performance skills throughout the residency. Using a section from the current touring production as a starting point, participants will work with company dancers to create a new piece for performance. This can be performed prior to the ACE dance and music touring production on a venue’s main stage.

A Level Study

Our 2007/8 production ‘Skin’ is currently one of the suggested performances to study on the OCR A Level Performing Arts syllabus. We offer workshops which develop students and teachers understanding of ‘Skin’ through discussion and practical sessions.

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  • ...the students had an absolute ball and wanted to do it all day long! The dancers had a really good relationship with the pupils and pitched it perfectly, there was a great feeling of respect and admiration from the pupils throughout the workshop.

    Ellie Bunn-Head of Dance at Colmers School

  • I enjoyed being able to work with talented dancers relating to a performance which we watched. I also enjoyed being pushed and trying out a new style.

    Participant-Joseph Chamberlain College

  • The workshop was fantastic, students commented that the material was new, fresh and different. They achieved great artistic breakthrough. Thank you! The ACE team were very positive, approachable, motivational and encouraging.

    Teacher-Wolverhampton University

  • Fun, fast, engaging, enjoyable, inspiring! The team were energetic and had a fantastic rapport with the children, this added to their enjoyment and enthusiasm.

    Teacher-St Lawrence School

  • Students responded well to the dancers and learnt to push through the pain barrier and build endurance. Excellent value for money.

    Sarah Lockwood-Brewery Arts