‘ACE helps us to connect with our world and how we can use dance as a powerful tool to send a message to the audience’

Hi, my name is Kamarah Perry-Springer, I am 13 years old and I am a member of ACE Youth New Recruits. I was kindly asked to talk about what we have been up to recently and what ACE means to me.

We have been working on ‘Loss of Innocence’ which is a piece based on the horrors of child soldiers at war. It is a very hard hitting performance which all of us take very seriously. Due to the theme of the piece Iona asked us to find out more about child soldiers. At our next session we sat in a circle and read out the saddening facts. Many of the group mentioned children being taken at a very young age, being used as shields and war messengers, how they were stolen from their homes and families and how sometimes going to war is their only choice, their chance to survive. We also talked about how these facts have an effect on ourselves, we talked about how ‘grateful’ and ‘lucky’ we are yet ‘shocked’ that such events are happening in the world.

Although it was horrible to talk about, we now have a clearer understanding of the meaning behind the piece and now can truly show it through our dance. The process we are currently going through is a great example of how ACE helps us to connect with our world and how we can use dance as a powerful tool to send a message to the audience.

Loss of Innocence is improving as the weeks goes by and Iona is really pushing us to be the best we can be (and keeps telling us that ‘it’s summer!’) also our ballet classes are helping our bodies to become flexible and sturdy during the piece.

Honestly, dancing with ACE is not an easy thing to do, but there is no I in TEAM here at ACE. We fail and succeed together, but that’s what makes us such a close company and in a way a family. And AFTER all the cardio and dance I feel no regret and really enjoy dancing amongst many lovely people.

I just want to say “Keep it up guys, you’re doing brilliantly!”