Artistic Director, Gail Parmel receives Honorary Award


Gail Parmel, founder and Artistic Director of ACE Dance and Music, is one of the latest individuals to be awarded Honorary Fellowships from Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Each year NSCD acknowledges two people for their exceptional contribution to the School, contemporary dance and the cultural ecology at large. The Fellowship scheme was inaugurated in 2017 and awarded to Gary Clarke and Wayne McGregor, and Sharon Watson and Miranda Tufnell were 2018’s Honorary Fellows.

The Fellowships constitute the highest award the School can currently bestow, and will be conferred as part of the School’s Graduation ceremony on Saturday 6th July.

Gail Parmel graduated from NSCD in 1996, and after a spell with Kokuma Dance Company, co-founded ACE dance and music with her husband, musician Ian Parmel. Over her 20-year career as Artistic Director, Gail has created 10 successful touring production with the company. Combining energetic contemporary movement with African Caribbean dance forms, ACE dance and music is one of the most exciting, eclectic and resilient dance companies in the UK.

Gail was identified as one of The Cultural Leadership Programme’s Top 50 Women to Watch within the UK arts and culture sector. She was also voted one of the 20 most Inspirational Women from the African Diaspora in Europe.

Gail Parmel commented: “I am pleased and extremely humbled to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Northern School of Contemporary Dance. I was born and raised in Chapeltown in Leeds and am very proud to have been one of the first cohort of students to study and be awarded my degree from NSCD. The Principal, Nadine Senior, was an inspirational teacher and my dance and choreographic career were forged during my time at the school. Nadine was always dedicated to creating opportunities for young people and passing on her passion for dance to the next generation. This ethos is one that I have nurtured and grown in my work at ACE Dance and Music and I am incredibly proud of my continued connection to this fantastic school.”