ACE dance and music run a number of innovative projects each year, building community involvement and promoting development opportunities for dancers and choreographers in the field of Contemporary African and Caribbean Dance.

Black Choreographic Project – Navigate

For 2018/19 ACE have created an exciting opportunity for two Black Choreographers to join a pilot development programme funded by Dance Hub Birmingham and bursaries from Arts Council England. The first two artists to join us for the pilot year of Navigate are Nii Kwartey Owoo, a talented contemporary choreographer and musician based in Leeds and Paul ‘Steady’ Steadman, founder of the leading Bboy crew ‘Trinity Warriors’ and a leading educator, performer and choreographer in this style in the UK.

The programme aims to encourage emerging choreographers whose work has not yet been presented on a professional stage and Navigate participants are selected from applicant’s who are passionate about choreography and actively making work. It is a twelve-month structured development programme providing a bursary for each artist, meaning that they can concentrate on developing their practise. In addition to this, they also have access to a professional mentor drawn from a pool of national and international artists and an induction weekend giving time for reflection on their aspirations and artistic identity. There are four residencies over the year to include:

  • Masterclasses with national and international guest choreographers.
  • Chance to choreograph on professional dancer(s).
  • Dedicated time with design and production specialists working with ACE.
  • Potential for showcasing your work professionally.
  • Time at ACE observing/shadowing all the functions of a touring company.
  • Regular connections with regionally based artists.


International Youth Exchanges

ACE Youth are at the forefront of excellence in European Youth Dance, and alongside ‘Virevolte’ (Switzerland), ‘Untold’ (Holland) and ‘Les Ballets St Étienne’ (France) are part of a fledgling European Youth Dance Network: Dance=Desir. They represent innovative, creative youth development both regionally, nationally and now increasingly internationally undertaking regular exchanges with young people from different countries.

Cultural Spring – investing in the ideas and imagination of communities.

‘Cultural Spring’ aims to use dance and music as a means to get the people of the Aston and Netchells constituencies active, communicating, interacting and creating together. This project is comprised of a number of different elements which combine to lay the foundations for a new three year, out-of-hours community arts programme that will help these areas take on new life and bring diverse communities together.

This streamlined and unified artistic programme provides choices; the chance to create, present and experience high quality arts. It will develop participants’ communication, confidence, personal skills and begin to uncover the creativity of communities.

Cultural Spring will contribute to the creative sector in Birmingham and make a significant difference in North Birmingham by enriching community life and more broadly contribute to the welfare of local people and social regeneration of the area.


Dianna Project

Our DIANNA project featured work at Pannel Croft (over 55’s) Retirement Village throughout 2017. We focused on working with residents and used dance as a means to encourage the over 50s to get active and to improve their health and well-being. As well as the dance workshops, costume making sessions were also popular, encouraging residents to improve dexterity and hand/eye coordination and the skills to plan and create their own designs. Growing through word of mouth, the project extended to involve the wider community; visitors, people living in the local vicinity and neighbourhoods, family and friends. 

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