Co-op Beeston members raise a total £3,104.39 for DAZL

The Co-op has raised £19 million for over 4,000 causes 

The Co-op Members have raised an amazing £19 million for over 4,000 causes across the UK. This is a fantastic achievement the members, who have shopped with with the Co-op and chosen to support local causes with their 1% since last November. DAZL was chosen to be one of the three chosen good causes by the Co-op Beeston Store.


We wanted to provide dance opportunities which work towards a Christmas community showcase at the Northern School Of Contemporary Dance, Riley Theatre for deprived young people across Leeds.


You helped raise a total £3,104.39 to enable DAZL to make this happen.


About the Project – The project will bring the community from predominantly across LS10 and LS11 together with young people from across the city of Leeds to celebrate the young peoples achievement, building stronger communities and promoting community cohesion. The young people will gain increased self esteem, confidence and greater health and well-being. They will also have improved their physical and mental health by been involved in the project.


Check us out online via the links below!

About the Charity – DAZL

DAZL Aim To improve the mental & physical health of children & young people aged 3 – 19 years, through dance as physical activity in disadvantaged communities of Leeds. We aim to reduce health inequalities, improving the health & well-being of young adults with disabilities up to 25 years, families & the wider community through asset-based community dance & wider dance opportunities.


We do this through a five stage model.

  1. Participation – Engaging inactive children & young people through high quality dance as physical activity
  2. Community Leadership – Engaging & empowering local people/communities
  3. Partnerships – Supporting and delivering the wider health/social care agenda
  4. Artistic Development & Progression Support
  5. Celebrating Communities & Performance Opportunities.

Thank you CO-OP #TheCoopWay 




DAZL Runs Marathon & Yorkshire 3 Peaks for Inclusive Group

DAZL raise funds for Inclusive Dance Group

DAZL team will be running the Liverpool Marathon & Walking the Yorkshire 3 Peaks to provide FREE provision and pay for our Inclusive Hip-Hop Team for young people with a disability to have dance experiences. The funds will provide the group with costumes, pay the hall hire & support weekly classes


Their is a lack of activity for young people with a disability to take part in competitive dance, especially in urban dance styles in Leeds.


We will provide weekly activities for young people with a disability and ensure they get the experience of a dance competition. The same opportunities will be available to these young people just as they are for the young people who do not have a disability. The program will reduce inequalities, breakdown barriers and provide opportunities and aspirations for those young dancers with a disability.


Provide urban dance for young people with a disability from areas of deprivation across Leeds


» Provide weekly urban dance sessions with opportunities to perform locally and regionally including dance competitions.



We will report via social media also blogs via DAZL website and our partners ensuring we gain as much coverage as possible. We will also inform people/ supporters/ donors via our Mailchimp email system and publish the success in our annual review.

Budget – Project Cost: £2,490

  Amount Heading Description
  £320 Competition Entry Frees 2 x competition entry for 10 dancers
  £250 costumes 10 hip-hop costumes at £25 per person
  £400 Hall Hire Hall Hire 40wk x 2hrs (£10 per session)
  £320 Transport Transport to competitions (£160 x 2 journeys)
  £800 Weekly Sessions deliver of weekly session £20 x 40wk
  £400 Staffing Comp Staffing competition x 2 (£100 per day x 2 staff x 2 competitions)

Why Us?

With 18 years experience of improving the mental and physical health of children and young people aged 3 – 19 years, particularly girls, through dance as physical activity in disadvantaged communities of Leeds. We also reduce health inequalities, improving the health and wellbeing of children, young adults with disabilities up to 25 years, families and the wider community throughout Yorkshire through asset-based community dance and wider dance opportunities. This is why we are best placed.

Donate to project via link below

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DAZL Youth Company perform #Faith Choreography by Rees Dance

DAZL Youth Company premier #Faith

The #YorkshireConnection project funded by Arts Council England’s Grants For The Arts have enable the DAZL Youth Dance Company to work with Rees Dance Company. They had the wonderful opportunity to perform this work at the Phoenix Dance Theatre Youth Platform on Friday 16th March (Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre) and at the Norther School Of Contemporary Dance Community Platform on Saturday 17th March (Riley Theatre).


Thank you to both NSCD and Phoenix Dance Theatre for two wonderful experiences for the dancers, everyone had such a great time performing, meeting other groups from across Yorkshire.

Here is some of the comments/ feedback…

Its wonderful to see young dancers performing challenging choreography and rising the the challenge.

Excellent… Beautifully performed by stunning young dancers… Great to see it being performed at The Riley Theatre NSCD…!

You can watch the Saturday performance from NSCD Community Platform below.

Social Media – Twitter @DAZL_Leeds  Facbook – LIKE danceactionzoneleeds or Istagram @danceactionzoneleeds

Co-Op Local Community Fund Backs DAZL

Co-Op Local Community Fund Backs DAZL

Dance Action Zone Leeds has been chosen as one of six local charity from the Local Co-op Community Fund. Here is the link As a member, every time you shop at Co-op Beeston in Leeds, 1% of what you spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the local community fund.


The money raised by all the members in the community, together with money from shopping bag sales, helps to fund local projects in the area where you live such as DAZL. Since September 2016, Co-op members have raised a total of more than £20 million. You can choose which cause you want your own 1% to go to. In Beeston, South Leeds we hope you chose DAZL to support our work with children and young people locally. Any money raised by members who don’t select a cause is added to the money raised from shopping bag sales and shared equally between the causes in their local area.

How do we keep track of funds?

During the funding period, which runs up to 27 October 2018, you will be able to keep track of the amount of money raised by Co-op members at any time. Please ffel free to help DAZL promot this via our cause’s unique linkhere:

The fund will raise funds from November 2017 -October 2018 for DAZL

For more information on how you can get involved please email [email protected] or call/ text 07519018675

Social Media – Twitter @DAZL_Leeds  Facbook – LIKE danceactionzoneleeds or Istagram @danceactionzoneleeds

#YorkshireConnection Project supported by Arts Council England

Yorkshire Connection Project

Below are video from the partners involved in the Arts Council England supported project. The project includes two new pieces of choreography by Rees Dance Company, they have also provided CPD for the DAZL team and mentoring for Stephanie Dobson DAZL Community Dance Artist) Below is a quick sound bite from Steph on her experiences through the project. Part of the project includes a dance film and digital element lead by Wayne Sables.

Yorkshire Connection Show at Morley Town Hall on Wednesday 28th March 2018. The show starts at 6.15pm and involved 200 dancers including guest performances from our friends at RJC Dance and the Kick Off Boys Dance Project which is a partnership between DAZL, NSCD, Leeds City Collage and Phoenix Dance.

Tickets on Sale Now £3 Adult and £2 concessions. 

Intro by DAZL Director

Rees Dance

Wayne Sables

DAZL Community Dance Artist Stephanie Dobson, Views on project and thank you to Arts Council England


DAZL at Lark In The Park 2017

DAZL at Lark In The Park 2017

On Saturday 22nd July the DAZL groups from Seacroft, Burmantofts and Gipton Communities of Leeds come together for the Lark In The Park annual Festival. The groups have been supported by Inner East Community Committee local ward councilors.

The event was a real success with organisation and projects from across East Leeds taking part, the 40 DAZL young people performed dances and entertained the crowds of hundreds of people.

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us.

Melissa's Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge for DAZL

Melissa’s Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge for DAZL

DAZL Mum’s Team member and DAZL parent Melissa Peacock will be doing the 24 Mile hike of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.

This is an ultimate challenge & the money raised from this will support Dance Action Zone Leeds Community Disability Cheerdance/ Streetdance Dance Program.


There is a lack of opportunities for young people from areas of deprivation with disabilities to access affordable inclusive community street and cheerdance provision across Leeds.


We will aim tackle this by providing a FREE, Low cost/ no cost, fun, inclusive year long dance program, with wider opportunities attached. We will set up a DAZL streetdance & cheerdance crew for young people 3-25yrs with disabilities across Leeds. This program will be part of the DAZL international championship winning cheerdance/ streetdance crews from DAZL Diamonds and DAZL Inspire.


To provide young people with disabilities from Leeds, new and exciting dance opportunities.


To set up a community street/ cheerdance program for young people with disabilities, also provide wider cultural opportunities.
We will aim to engage 20 young people weekly and follow their progress through social media. We will also obtain feedback from the young people and their families.


From been involved in this project the young people will have better health and wellbeing. They will gain a passion for dance and transferable skills which they will assist them in the future. They will also have a greater social network of friends and have gained new creative/ cultural experiences. We will demonstrate this impact through both digital and more traditional case studies.


We will report via social media also blogs via DAZL website and our partners ensuring we gain as much coverage as possible. We will also inform people/ supporters/ donors via our Mailchimp email system and publish the success in our annual review.


The project will be located in areas of deprivation across the LS10 & LS8 postcodes communities of Leeds. Belle Isle/ Middleton, Burmantofts areas of Leeds which are situated in Inner East Leeds and Inner South Leeds.


20 young people with disabilities will benefit from this project weekly but we will deliver FREE taster workshops in four SILC’s to drum up interest working with around 150 young people.

You can support Mellissa and DAZL by donating to our BigGive page by clicking on this link. 

You can also text our JustTextGiving page by Texting DAZL17 £5 (the amount can be anything from £1 -£10) Text to 70070

For more information email – [email protected] or call the DAZL office – 0113 2706903

Remember if you want more information or to view the pictures and videos from Melissa’s progress, you can follow us on the social media below

Dance Action Zone Leeds Facebook     @DAZL_Leeds Twitter  

Instagram – danceactionzoneleeds


DAZL Children Take Part In Seacroft The Musical

Press take from Yorkshire Evening Post 

More than 60 schoolchildren from East Leeds are to star in a musical about Seacroft at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Children from Parklands Primary School, Swarcliffe Primary, and Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School will all be performing in ‘Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seacroft’ on Saturday, July 15.

The play has been commissioned by arts charity Space2 and will be directed by former Chumbawamba guitarist Boff Whalley.

‘Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seacroft’ tells the story of a young man called Harry who sets off to visit the seaside, but catches the wrong bus and ends up in Seacroft. His trip turns magical when the clock strikes 13 and Mary the Fairy appears to introduce him to various well known characters from the area.

Mr Whalley and associate director Jane Morland have been working with residents capturing stories about Seacroft and getting their help to write the words for new songs. In total 160 adults, children, musicians, artists and volunteers – mainly from Seacroft – are putting the finishing touches to the show.

Choir director Claire Rivers, a teacher at St Nicholas Catholic Primary School, has the job of keeping everyone in tune. She said: “It’s been quite a challenge to get three schools together to rehearse but they are loving every minute of it and can’t wait to be on stage.”

Space2 has also been training local residents as performers, designers, writers and technicians. Other groups appearing in the show include Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL), East Leeds Youth Theatre, Leeds Mermaids synchronised swimming club and a group of children from Swarcliffe Primary who will play the ‘Creatures of Monkey Beck’. Tickets for the show cost £6. Ring the box office on 0113 213 7700 for more.

DAZL is extremely happy to be involved and feel this is such a wonderful opportunity for the young people and families involved from the Inner East Areas of Leeds. Space2 have been great supporting the families and DAZL artists throughout the process.


DAZL Children Take Part In Two Children Cancer Charity Events

DAZL Children Take Part In Two Children Cancer Charity Events

Dance Action Zone Leeds are so proud of DAZL dance leaders Fallon, Harvey, Kaci along with DAZL Dance artist Natasha Smith. On Saturday 1st July they delivered workshops and performances at the Teenage Cancer Trust #FindYourSenseOfTuma event. They worked with young people who are fighting or in remission from cancer. Words can not describe how proud we are of them and what an honour it was to be involved. thank you all for allowing us to be part of such a wonderful event.

You can view highlight from the event here…/find-your-sense-of-tumour-u…/




On Sunday 2nd July the DAZL Championship winning hiphop crew also took part in a wonderful charity rugby event for #CandelLighters Children cancer charity it was our pleasure to perform as the half time entertainment. Thank you DAZL artists Stephanie Faye Dobson for supporting this opportunity for the young people.



Remember if you want more information or to view the pictures and videos from the day, you can follow us on the social media below

Dance Action Zone Leeds Facebook     @DAZL_Leeds Twitter  

Instagram – danceactionzoneleeds

Upcoming Events June - August 2017

DAZL Community Groups Events (June-August 2017)

Connecting with communities is at the heart of everything we as an organisation do, so performing and engaging with communities through celebrating the young peoples achievements is essential. please see the full listings below.

Sat 3rd June 2017 Oh I Do Like To Be …… 10.30-1pm Opera North
Sat 3rd June 2017 Seacroft Street party Seacroft Church
Sun 11th June 2017 East Ridings Youth Dance Platform Bridlington Spa Theatre
Sun 11th June 2017 World Triathlon 3pm Briggate, Leeds Centre
Sat 17th June 2017 Oh I Do Like To Be ….2-4.30pm Parklands Primary
Werd 21st Jun 2017 Kirkstall St Stephens Sports week 9-3pm Kirkstall St Stephens PS
Sat 24th Jun 2017 Burmantofts Gala 12-4pm Burmantofts Field
30/31 May 1 June Kick off boys 1/2 term intensive Tenants Hall
Saturday 1st July Belle Isle Gala 11.30-12noon Windmil Primary School
Saturday 1st july Find Your Sense Of Tumor with Teenage Caner Trust Lichfield
Saturday 1st July Kick Off Boys Platform NSCD
Monday 3rd July Child Friendly Leeds Event, Birthday Event (5.30pm) The Queens
Thursday 6th July EXPRESSIONS 2017 @ Northern Ballet (11.30 -3pm) Northern Ballet
Thursday 13th July Oh I Do Like To Be….. West Yorkshire Playhouse  7-8.30pm
Fri 14th July 2017 STARS  event  6pm Ellend Rd Pavillion
Sat 15th july 2017 Oh I Do Like To Be….. West Yorkshire Playhouse  2-8.45pm
Sat 15th July 2017 Beeston Festival Crossflatts Park
Sat 22nd july 2017 Lark In The Park  11am-3pm East End Park
Wed 26th July West Leeds Sharing 4.30-7.30pm St Johns Church Wortley
Sat 29th July 2017 DAZL LGBT Family  Streetdance  10.30-11.30am The South Leeds Hub
Wed 2nd August 2017 DAZL LGBT Family Streetdance                5.15-6.15pm Ebor Gardens Community Centre
Sat 5th August 2017 Pride Run  9-11am
Tues 8th August Jewish Health & wellbeing board -Summer Dance Day The Point Leeds
Fri 11th August  2017 Kirkstall Abbey International Youth Day Kirkstall Abbey
Fri 18th August 2017 Rose Lund Rose Lund Centre
Sun 20th August 2017 Bramley Festival 12-5pm Bramley Park
Sun 20th August 2017 DAZL Awards Hunslet Sports and Social Club



  • Competitive Dance Competitive Dance DAZL Diamonds & DAZL Goldstars are the official championship winning Cheerdance / Hip-Hop Teams of DAZL.
  • Community Dance Groups Community Dance Groups Throughout the year a large number of participants have engaged with DAZL’s other activity as a direct result of being involved various programmes.
  • Disability Dance Disability Dance The DAZL VINE Cheerdance Project starting in January 2011, the aim of this programme is to deliver Cheerdance to young people between 14 and 24 years.
  • DAZL Boys DAZL Boys We offer many opportunities for boys of all ages from 3 year old upwards, in all types of styles to suit the physical aspects of dance that interest boys.
  • Schools Schools DAZL’s Active 4 Life programme aims to increase involvement of inactive children by offering a range of fun activities delivered with an inclusive ethos.

Try a DAZL dance session

Classes across Leeds for anyone aged 3 -19 years and 25 years with a disability. We’re here to make sure you have fun even if your new to dance. DAZL can introduce you to all kinds of dance…. Express yourself, you’ll have a great time make new friends, not to mention keeping fit whilst filling you with confidence!