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This year is the 21st Anniversary of the founding of ACE dance and music. ACE is a professional touring dance company that perform in their home city of Birmingham as well as touring nationally and internationally. We are recognised leaders in the field of Contemporary African and Caribbean Dance and our signature style is Afro-fusion – dance rooted in traditional forms and yet expressed through a purely contemporary lens.
This vibrant company have always placed dance at the heart of everything we do. As we have grown and developed we have prioritised creating opportunities for young people and the wider community to participate in African dance and music, whatever their ability. As well as running a thriving class programme for adults and children from 2-19 years we work with schools and universities to provide outreach and CPD courses as well as being an Arts Award Centre.
ACE have working closely with Arts Council England this year to create their Black Choreographic Project – ‘Navigate’, designed to identify and develop emerging black choreographic talent. The company are committed to signposting pathways for young people to progress and membership of the ACE Youth Performing Company is the pinnacle of this progression. Many ACE Youth alumni have gone on to study at the country’s best contemporary dance conservatoires. Many others have gained careers in music, media and the wider arts field as a result of gaining experience and increased confidence in the company.
In true ACE style we celebrated our 21st Anniversary with a fundraising Gala performance which gave us a chance to showcase how far we have come and to show that the best is yet to come.