Gail Parmel MBE - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Founder and Artistic Director, ACE Dance and Music

Gail graduated from NSCD in 1996 with a BA Degree in Contemporary Dance after which she moved to Birmingham, and after a spell with Kokuma Dance Company, co-founded ACE Dance and Music with her husband and musician, Ian Parmel.

Over her 20 year career as Artistic Director of ACE Dance and Music, Gail has created 10 successful touring productions 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 (CLP) Top 50 Women to Watch, an inspiring list of 50 influential women working within the arts and culture sector across the UK. She was also voted one of 20 most Inspirational Women from the African Diaspora in Europe.

In 2020, Gail was awarded an MBE for services to Dance and Art in Birmingham.