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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


DAZL at ICE Spring Thaw Out 2017

On Sunday 14th May 2017 Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL) took 120 dancers from Inner South, Inner East and Outer South Areas of Leeds and over 200 parents to the ICE Championships in Sheffield. The competition featured division in Cheerdance, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Contemporary with groups from across the north of England and the Midlands.

We were so impressed with all the talent and the standard of the young dancers, DAZL took home 7 1st Place Trophies, the title of Hip-Hop Grand Champions, Cheerdance Grand Champions, The Sportsmanship Award and Also a special award for DAZL Director Ian Rodley. We couldn’t be more proud of all the families, Coach’s and dancers who have worked so hard in rehearsals, community fundraising events and showcases. 


Here is a list of the DAZL results from Cheerdance & Hip-Hop Teams in age order.

  • (3-6yrs) Tiny hiphop 2nd(3-6 Yrs) Tiny pom 3rd
  • (6-8yrs) Mini hiphop 3rd
    (6-8 yrs) Mini pom 3rd
  • (8-11yrs) Youth boys HipHop 1st
    (8-11yrs) Youth Boys Pom 2nd
  • (8-11yrs) Youth Inspire Pom 4th
    (8-11yrs) Youth Inspire HipHop 5th
  • (8-11yrs) Youth Girls Pom 1st
    (8-11yrs) Youth Girls HipHop 2nd
  • (11-14yrs) Junior Pom 3rd
    (11-14yrs) Junior HipHop 1st
  • (11-14yrs) Junior Inspire Pom 5th
    (11-14yrs) Junior HipHop Inspire 4th
  • (14-19yrs) Seniors Pom 1st & Grand Champions
    (14 -19yrs0 Senior HipHop 1st & Grand Champions and highest scoring routine of who competition.
  • (21yrs+) DAZL Mums Pom 2nd
    (21yrs+) DAZL Mums HipHop 1st


Hip-Hop Solo Awards.

  • Youth solo HipHop – Lenny 2nd 
  • Youth solo HipHop – Finley 1st
  • Junior solo Hiphop Amy 2nd



Special Awards

  • Grand Champions Cheerdance – Highest Scoring Cheerdance routine of championships, DAZL Seniors
  • Grand Champions Hiphop – Highest Scoring Hip-Hop routine of championships, DAZL Seniors
  • Sportsmanship Award 2017 – Special award for supporting other teams, encourging other and showcasing good sportsmanship.
  • DAZL Director Ian Rodley Special Award and Mention from the ICE Championships. Inspiring, Supporting and Encouraging hundreds of individuals, dancers and coaches.


Again we are so proud of each and everyone of all the dancers, parents and coaches. We couldn’t have achieved any of this without them and feedback from the other organisations, dance schools has been wonderful. Special thank you to choreographers Natasha Smith, Vicky Mawson, Amy Smith, Tammy Barker, Mason Jubb, Ian Rodley, Chrisie Emmonds. DAZL Dance Leaders Raegan McDonald, Fallon Cooper, Kaci Emmonds, Liam Mathews, Abbie taylor for all your wonderful work #DreamTeam.
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Leeds LGBT+ Sports Fringe Festival 2017

Leeds LGBT Sports Fringe Festival Supports DAZL.

The Leeds FIRST and only LGBT Sport Fringe Festival will happen this year in the lead up to Leeds Pride 2017.

A week-long festival with 29 different inclusive activities to choose from between 28th July and 6th August! Enjoy indoor and outdoor fitness/ Sports activities and classes. There will be a small entry fees to each activity which will support DAZL and its Community/ LGBT Youth Dance work. Checkout the full listings on the Leeds Freedom Quarter website.

The DAZL Workshops are as follows

Session 1 – Streetdance for families Wednesday ​2nd August, ​5.15-6.15pm ​at Ebor Gardens Community Centre, Burmantofts, Hazlewood Drive, LS9 7PS (Just before St James Hospital and just after Northern Ballet if coming from City Centre)

This is a Streetdance for family’s session part of the Leeds LGBT Sports Fringe Festival – Lead by Natasha & Amy​- Championship Winning DAZL Comp Teams Coach’s. (Session suitable for all ages 7yrs and above)

 You can book via Eventbrite link below


Session 2 – Streetdance for families Saturday​  29th July, 10.30-11.30am at the South Leeds Youth, Middleton Road, Belle Isle, LS10 3JA. (12, 13, 13A from Corn-exchange Leeds City Centre) ​This is a Streetdance for family’s session part of the Leeds LGBT Sports Fringe Festival – Lead by Stephanie Faye Dobson & Amy Smith – Championship Winning DAZL Comp Teams Coach’s.​ (Session suitable for all ages)​

You can book via Eventbrite link via this link – 


Find all the event on Facebook These events have been organised by Danny Silk and organisations/ people such as

  • Armley Sport Center
  • Firehouse Fitness
  • Virgin Active
  • DAZL
  • Leeds Front Runners
  • Outsoor Lads – Hiking
  • Leeds Hunters Rugby
  • Yorkshire Terriers Football
  • Claire Senior PT – Activity Session
  • Yoga with Helen Byles
  • Danny Silk PT – Intro sessions
  • Matthais Rieger – ‘Fitness Combat
  • Steve Frost – ‘Kick Boxing a taster sessions
  • Ariel Yoga
  • Leeds Griffins

Big thank you to Danny Silk for making this all happen.

DAZL Annual Review 2016-17

What a wonderful 2016-17 getting inactive children, active!

In 2016/17 DAZL set out to improve health & wellbeing through high quality dance and connecting with communities across Leeds. With an Income of £138,626.50 with this we was able to do the following

  • Engage 4402 young people from Leeds most deprived communities
  • Engage 2903 inactive young people doing less than 2 hour of structured physical activity per week.
  • Deliver 1990 dance sessions across Leeds
  • Engage 838 Boys across Leeds of which 700 took part in a performance. We engaged 3585 girls from Leeds most deprived communities of which 2310 took part in a performance. 56% of these girls were classed as inactive.
  • The young people took part in 99 events hosted by DAZL and other partners across Leeds, attracted a Live audience of 38377
  • In 2016-17 DAZL engaged 1718 young people in school through engaging with the school sport premium funding and 1253 were classed as inactive. We also engaged 2684 young people in our community provision which was supported by the various Local councillors and community committees. 1650 of these young people were classed as inactive.

Click here to view or download the 6 page DAZL Annual Review 1617

DAZL supports Looked After Children

DAZL provides FREE provision for looked after children

DAZL is proud and excited to announce we received funding from The Leeds Community Foundation -Looked after children’s fund to enable these young people to access dance provision across Leeds free of charge. We are also enabling a selected few Looked After Children to gain there Level 1 Dance Leaders Qualification and gain experiance in leadership part of the DAZL Young Dance Leaders Program.

The funding will provide looked after children/ young carers with FREE dance opportunities through the weekly DAZL Citywide Community dance program. just click on this link, find a class near you and use code #LCD

DAZL continues partnership with MaxCard

So what is the Max Card? The Max Card is a discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs. Families simply show their Max Card upon entry to a venue in order to obtain free or discounted admission. The scheme is designed to help these families save money on great days out at castles, zoos, bowling alleys and more. MaxCard aim to provide a sense of community through stimulating learning experiences and enjoyable days out for everyone. MaxCard work with local authorities and selected charities, who administer the cards to eligible families in their areas. Our message to MaxCard users is to 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 you’ve never danced before. Express yourself, you’ll have a great time make new friends, not to mention keeping fit whilst filling you with confidence, improving your health and well-being! ​If young people have a max card they can access our community provision for FREE and our competitive dance provision will be charged at £1. Young people can also access holiday activity for FREE too but must book on as places can be limited.

DAZL Senior Dance Company set to perform at FRESH 17

We are delighted to announce that the DAZL Senior Dance Company were chosen to perform at FRESH 17 an amazing platform that celebrates the talent and potential of young people in dance across Yorkshire. The regional platform which is being held at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday 1st April. This is a brilliant opportunity for our young people to experience performing in an established theatre like WYP.


Our piece of work PRIDE will be performed along side 11 other youth groups from across Yorkshire. They will be competing for a place to represent Yorkshire in a national platform called U.Dance which brings together youth groups from across the country, fingers crossed!

If you would like to come watch the platform and support not just DAZL but all the young people who are involved in FRESH 17, tickets are available from the WY Playhouse website, link below


BEST FOOT FORWARD - DAZL featured in Independant Leeds Paper

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Taken from Independent Leeds Blog

Words: Rosie Ramsden
Images: Buttercrumble (@buttercrumblecreative)

When I think back to my days as a greasy-skinned youth growing up in the suburbs of Lincolnshire, I often wish I could have been part of a community of young people that allowed me to blossom freely. I wish I could have been taken under a wing other than that of the tawny owl leader of our local Brownies group, who scorned my Bart Simpson t-shirt, and couldn’t understand the discomfort I felt in being made to wear that lurid brown skirt. Maybe if I’d found such an environment I’d have been a confident, happy and healthy teen far earlier. Luckily, Leeds’ young people have a plethora of community groups at hand to help steer them away from other negative influences.

In a city where 23% of under 16s live in poverty and 4 out of 10 feel that they aren’t part of society, Leeds’ youth are at risk of falling off society’s radar. This is where West Yorkshire’s not-for-profit charities step in, and help to improve the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged and vulnerable young people by providing opportunities and nurturing communities. Running since 2000, DAZL – Dance Action Zone Leeds – is a charity organisation that aims to get children moving, and provides them the vibrant peacock wing of founder Ian Rodley to nestle under.

Ian passionately explains that “the charity was initially set up in order to get young girls physically active. We recognised that dance is something they’d engage with and participate in.” Now that DAZL has grown, it is for all young people, particularly those from areas of deprivation. “We give them something worthwhile to do that is within their community. I still feel like one of the girls though!”

What makes this project particularly special is its support for those who may feel as if they have been written off. Like the role model that many of the students may lack, DAZL acts as a guiding force to the youth, promoting higher education and fostering empowerment. Through running events, galas, shows and volunteering schemes for community sessions, the students are also able to give back to the people and places that helped them flower. In this sense, the organisation embodies a certain cyclicality, which sees them become cornerstones of the community from whence they came, acting as peer leaders for the next generation of young dancers. DAZL champions young people’s achievements.

This is made evident when Ian tells me the story of Vicky Mawson’s passion and ambition, that he says is just one of thousands that illustrates the impact that DAZL has on its students. After beginning as a young dance leader, Vicky is now one of DAZL’s most valued and respected dance development officers. After coming through DAZL’s model, Vicky went on to university to study dance. She now contributes to what the organisation artistically showcases, and is shaping the way DAZL is run at its very core. Vicky has created a culture of strength for the young people she now inspires and is motivating youngsters to follow in her footsteps. “She was 13 when I met her,” exclaims Ian, “and now she wants my job!”

The organisation is one that is both embedded in culture and that responds to youth culture. For Ian, DAZL is all about harnessing creatively what is popular at the time. It is about really listening to what young people want, letting them have a voice and responding to their needs. DAZL have a team conducting grassroots research and visiting schools all over Leeds to discover this. It also has community dance practitioners that listen to trends and work out where the gaps are, ensuring that their young students never miss out on the opportunity to take part in dance training and high art dance. Furthermore, DAZL seeks to break down cultural barriers through entrenching culture into its choreography. “Everybody dances,” Ian says, “so when we do Bollywood or African dancing, for example, we bridge a gap that may exist between students of different backgrounds.”

Although I can’t help but feel that, DAZL or no DAZL, Ian would be pirouetting his way through the streets of West Yorkshire encouraging all the young people he could find to improve their physical and mental health via the medium of dance, one thing is for certain: this organisation is far away from the dusty and disconnected world of youth activity that many of us grew up with and is one that is effectively run by its peers, for its peers. DAZL provides an accessible community within communities, and introduces a sense of belonging and well-being into the hectic lives of this city’s youth. “You dance because you are having a good time,” Ian concludes. “That in itself makes you feel good, and that improves your health.”

DAZL Junior & Senior Dance Company @ East Riding Youth Dance Platform 17

From Barnsley to Bridlington, both the Senior and Junior youth dance companies travelled to The Spa in Bridlington on Sunday 5th February to perform at the East Riding Youth Dance Platform, which was such an amazing event. A huge thank you to June Mitchell and Dawn Holgate for inviting us which is becoming an annual event on the company tour schedule.

After our tech rehearsal it was straight into the all important bow/finale workshop run by the amazing East Riding dance artists. It was great to see our young people interacting and working with the other youth groups that were attending the platform also.

First up to perform in the first half of the show was the Senior Dance Company, they were ready to wow the audience with the very colourful and powerful performance of PRIDE! They came out and showcased the highs and lows of young LGBT peoples lives in today’s society.

After the interval it was time for the Junior Dance Company to perform their intense and emotional piece of work around young people and mental health. The girls showed maturity within their performance whilst showcasing amazing technique and connection to the theme.

The show finished with a high energy bow/finale dance where each group who performed in the platform came back on to have a little dance all together and say one final thank you to the audience. Everyone who performed that evening was brilliant. It is always a great pleasure for DAZL to be involved in the platform. Thanks again East Riding Youth






DAZL Active 4 Life Creative Camp

DAZL Active 4 Life Creative Camp – February Half Term

Book your child’s place now, only a few spaces left!

Boys & girls welcome to take part in a mixture of dance, sports, arts & crafts and many more fun activities.

When – Monday 13th – Friday 17th February 2017

Where – South Leeds Youth Hub, Middleton Rd, Belle Isle, LS10 3JA

Time – 10am – 3pm everyday

Age – 5-12yrs

Price – £5 per day or £20 for the week when paid in full or with a Breeze Card

Turn up, complete a consent form (parents/carers must sign this). Wear comfortable clothing and trainers. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of water.

For more information or to book your child a place please contact DAZL

Tel: 0113 2706903 ext 164 or 07519 018675

Email: [email protected]

DAZL Feb Active 4 Life Creative Camps 2017

DAZL Senior Dance Company @ Crossing Borders 2017

DAZL Senior Dance Company travelled to Horizon College in Barnsley on Sunday 29th January to not only be a part of Crossing Borders 2017 platform, which was an amazing performance opportunity but it was also their audition for Fresh 2017.  The piece which they have been working on since September with DAZL Dance Development Officer Vicky Mawson and Mason Jubb, recent Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduate and current Verve student, looks at the lives of LGBT young people in today’s society. Using iconic gay anthems and thought provoking choreography it takes the audience on a journey through the highs and lows of the characters lives.

Throughout the day the group took part in a variety of workshops within the college including a contemporary dance workshop, a street dance workshop and a social media experience workshop which allowed the young people to interact with other youth groups attending the platform.

After the Finale workshop it was time to get ready for the performance, costumes on, make up and hair looking flawless, the group were ready to put on a great show. The DAZL Seniors wowed the audience with their powerful and very colourful performance of PRIDE! There were tears, smiles and cheers from the people watching the piece, it was all in all a very emotional performance. We are now awaiting a decision from the FRESH 2017 panel and will find out at the end of February if they were chosen to perform at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday 1st April.


DAZL Says Thank You To NSCD

Thank You to NSCD!

Over the past two month DAZL has had 7 of the Northern School Of Contemporary Dance 3rd year degree students on placement. The students have been working in the community and schools inspiring, motivating and educating the young people from DAZL.

DAZL would like to thank Dawn Holgate and NSCD for this wonderful partnership between both our organisations.

Henning Holm-glad delivered a 3 week Intro to Ballet course to the DAZL Middleton young people

Ed Jeff worked with our DAZL Dance Artists on after-school dance clubs at Corpus Christi & Wykebeck Primary School

Jenna Nathan worked with the young teenage girls at Ebor Gardens Community Centre, DAZL Diamonds (Middleton) and the Fabulous DAZL Mums.

Jasmine Bennett worked with Middleton Primary School year 1 Ballet Club, Helped on the DAZL Junior Youth Dance Company and also assisted Henning on the Ballet in the community course.

Maria Klungnes-berg worked with the DAZL Junior Youth Dance Company on contemporary dance.

Tyler Attwood worked with the DAZL Xplode at Richmond Hill group, DAZL Xplode at Cottingley community group. The DAZL Boys and DAZL Hip-Hop Crews.
Rachel Cooper worked with the DAZL Xplode at Richmond Hill group and the DAZL female  Hip-Hop Crews.


The students not only delivered and supported the dance session but they also helped create work for the young people to perform at the DAZL Christmas Jumper Benefit Evening.

DAZL is happy to be continuing to work with NSCD 2016 Graduate Natasha Smith who is delivering on many of the DAZL Community Dance Programs. Natasha has not only been delivering on the regular community program but on the DAZL Competitive dance teams. This year DAZL has set up our Junior Youth Dance Company for gifted and talented young people lead by Natasha, she has also been delivering dance to the CATCH – Girls groups contracted through DAZL empowering girls from BME communities through dance..

Finally Mason Jubb NSCD 2016 Graduate and VERVE dancer is in his 3rd year with DAZL delivering on the competitive dance programs and with the DAZL Youth Dance Company assisting gifted and talented young people on vocational dance training alongside DAZL Dance Development Officer Vicky Mawson.

Thank you NSCD for all your wonderful support and partnership

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  • 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!