Academy for Advanced and Challenge Enthusiasts (AACE)
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The Academy for Advanced and Challenge Enthusiasts (AACE)

  • The premier Square Dance Convention for Advanced and Challenge dancers.
  • Full-time Advanced (A2), C1, C2, C3A, and C3B halls.
  • Part-time C4 hall.
  • Most of the top names in challenge callers are on staff.
  • Held every year in June.
  • 2016 Flyer
Date and Location

  • June 15 to 18, 2016

    Dancing at: Grand Wayne Convention Center
    120 W. Jefferson Blvd
    Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

    Host hotel: Courtyard Fort Wayne Downtown
    1150 South Harrison Street
    Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802 Online Hotel Reservations  

    Reservations by phone:  1-260-490-3629 or 1-866-704-6163

    The AACE block of rooms sells for $117/night plus tax with free Wi-Fi.
    Pets are allowed for an additional surcharge.
    The convention center features low-nap carpeted ballrooms and cement flooring. Please plan accordingly.

    When making reservations, please notify the hotel that you
    are with the AACE Convention to get the $117 room rate.

  • Registration opens 4:00 PM Wed., June 15

    Dance times:
    Wednesday (Trail-In): 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    Thursday through Saturday: 10:00 AM - 10:30 PM (with lunch/dinner breaks)
  • Hotel Specifics

    • The hotel is 10 minutes from the airport and has a free shuttle.
    • On-site parking $4/day; ample city parking
    • Hotel rooms offer free WiFi, in-room microwaves, mini-fridges & iPod docking stations
    • There are plenty of food and beverage places within walking distances
    • The Bistro offers breakfast options within the hotel and Champions Restaurant and Sports Bar is the in-house restaurant and bar.
    • There is a fitness center and a heated indoor pool.
    • There's a business center with computers and printers, as well as copy and fax services.
    • The dance halls in the convention center have low pile carpet or cement floors. AACE will provide packing tape for shoes.
    • The Fort Wayne Visitor's Center has prepared a special website for us: Visit Fort Wayne, Indiana -- Academy for Advanced and Challenge Enthusiasts and an extensive list of Fort Wayne Restaurants. There is also an interactive Map Explorer of the area.
Staff Callers (2016)

Saundra Bryant
Vic Ceder
Barry Clasper
Todd Fellegy
Ross Howell
Anne Uebelacker

Rob French and John Marshall are our Featured Callers for 2016.

Sandie BryantVic CederBarry Clasper

Todd FellegyRoss HowellAnne Uebelacker

Rob FrenchJohn Marshall
Staff Photo 2014

  AACE 2014 Staff
left-to-right: Anne, Sue, Ian, Vic, Saundra, Ross, Barry

photo by Byron Godfrey

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