Ace Youth
The Youth company of ACE dance and music

ACE Youth

ACE Youth is the youth dance company of ACE dance and music. ACE Youth regularly perform in their own right at festivals and theatres and tour their work nationally and internationally. Formed in 1998, they are a group of talented young people from in and around Birmingham, between 11 and 21 years old. Trained under the artistic eye of Gail Parmel, ACE Youth promotes confidence and understanding in young artists and communities through the appreciation of African and Caribbean culture, dance and music. ACE Youth demonstrate a growing reputation for exciting, physical, challenging work.

ACE Youth are unique in their field of youth dance. In Britain today there is very little provision for the contemporary African dance form within youth dance; ACE Youth seek to bridge the gap for young people between traditional African dance and modern hip-hop inspired movement, with something artistically rigorous. They train in contemporary, ballet, African and street style dance. Many of our members have gone on to study as professional dancers, with 16 ACE Youth Alumni having trained or currently training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and London Contemporary Dance School. ACE Youth specialises in providing the necessary link between formative and professional dance.

ACE Youth have undertaken a large and varied body of work and represent innovative creative youth development, regionally, nationally and now increasingly internationally. They 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.

Fused: 10-13yrs


A dynamic and energetic class focusing on building physical strength and resilience through complex movement phrases, dance technique and performance skills.

New Recruits: 14-19yrs

6.30pm-8.00pm - Thursdays

Young people at all levels of dance experience are welcome in ‘New Recruits’ They learn and develop the techniques and foundations of dance in a variety of styles. A chance to develop confidence and meet new friends. ‘New Recruits’ is a feeder into the ACE Youth Company.

ACE Youth: 13-19yrs

6.30pm-8.00pm - Thursdays

ACE Youth Company perform both nationally and internationally and have developed a recognised reputation for producing exciting and physical work, inspiring young people to have freedom of expression through dance, and creating professional artists for the future.

Arts Award

ACE dance and music is an Arts Award Centre and we are currently able to offer the Bronze Award to participants of ACE youth classes. The Bronze Award is for young people aged 11 – 25 years and is the equivalent of a level 1 National Qualification! The Bronze Award is gained from 40 hours guided learning and 20 hours independent study. If you would like more information on how you can gain the Bronze Award please contact us at

What they're saying

  • I always look forward to Thursdays because of ACE. I love training with highly energetic dancers and very approachable teachers. We are a big family driven by the same passion - dance. Our desire to perform connects us and motivates everyone to reach our full potential. The high standard of training will help me pursue my dream of becoming a professional dancer while the discipline I acquire will keep me grounded and humble throughout my dance career.

    Grace Camba - 17 years old

  • Dance pushes me, even if I don’t pick up the movement it’s all about trying hard. Coming to ace has taught me that you can succeed in anything as long as you push yourself.

    Tinaya Davis-Walker - 16 years old

  • I go to Ace to learn new techniques, to improve and progress as a dancer and to perform with an awe inspiring group of dancers. The environment here in Ace is so powerfully driven with their passion for dance and there is an audible thirst for more within the classes, everyone is so kind and fun to dance with and everyone is just as determined to improve as individuals as they are as a group. I absolutely adore the classes, the experiences and the people I have met; I feel challenged with each class and performing with Ace as part of the Youth New Recruits for the first time was an unprecedented experience for me; I hope I can experience many more of these events in the near future! Ace is amazing.

    Zoe Larsson 17

  • I come to Ace Youth because I want to dance and everyone is so friendly and helpful. Ace Youth is great because they never give up on me and help me to do the best I can. The thing I enjoy most is taking a bow at the end of a performance; it makes me feel happy and proud to be a dancer.

    James Campbell 12

  • I go to ace because it like my second home, it is the only place where I actually feel comfortable with myself. We’re like a family, although we dance together and perform together, we also are able to confide with each other and open up which I think is amazing. I learn so much at ace whether it’s the intellectual side or practical. I love coming to ACE and I don’t think I would have it any other way.

    Ines Kanyinda 17

  • I go to ace dance and music because I really enjoy the style of dance they do, I look forward to going every week and learning new routines. I also go because our teachers believe in us and push us to do our best in everything we do.

    Kaylah Edwards 14