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Founded in 1996, ACE dance and music is a national and internationally 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 use 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.
To promote the power of Dance through cultural exchange.
In the next 10 years ACE dance and music will be a national centre promoting, producing and presenting outstanding contemporary dance inspired by the African Diaspora.