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.

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DAZL receive #HealthyHolidays grant from Leeds Community Foundation


Healthy Holidays – Holiday Hunger Fund

DAZL is excited to announce we have received funding from the Leeds Community Foundation to enable vulnerable children to have access to food & fun activities in half term & summer.

The young people will be provided with breakfast, Lunch and Snacks, this will be provided by FareShare you can visit their website http://fareshare.org.uk/ , This will be complemented with some fantastic fun activities. We will be using the hashtag #HolidayHungerLeeds to create awareness of the project and we will be working in partnership with our friends from Active Clubs Experience (ACE) The Change 4 Life Service (C4L) and Watch-It children weight management service, incorporating healthy lifestyles and Change 4 Life messages in fun, creative sessions for 4-13 year old children.

Camp 1 (Tuesday 3rd- Friday 6th April 2018)The South Leeds Youth Hub, Belle Isle, LS10 3JA. 9am-3pm each day and we have 25 places available.

Camp 2 (Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August 2018)Dame Fanny Waterman Centre, Brander Street, Gipton, Leeds, LS9 6QH. 9am-3pm each day and we have 25 places available.

Camp 3 (Monday 6th August – Friday 10th August 2018)The South Leeds Youth Hub, Belle Isle, LS10 3JA. 9am-3pm each day and we have 25 places available.

Camp 4 (Monday 13th August – Friday 17th August 2018)Swinnow Community Centre,Swinnow Lane, Leeds LS13 4RF. 9am-3pm each day, 25 places available.

Children can be dropped off from 8.30am is required.


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.

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The Morrison's Foundation support DAZL

The Morrison’s Foundation support DAZL Health heARTS Project.


We are so grateful to have received support from The Morrison’s Foundation who support local charities making a positive difference in local communities across England, Scotland and Wales.

DAZL has been awarded a grant for a health and wellbeing project “The DAZL Healthy heARTS Project”. The Project offers fun, relevant and accessible high quality dance and healthy eating opportunities. Targeted at disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people aged 3-25 years in Leeds 10 or close to the area of Morrison’s Hunslet store. Working within youth culture, starting with what young people, families enjoy. Also targeting children and families in deprived areas, who lack access to activities or are at risk of sedentary lifestyles. Using a community development methodology. Starting where the children and families are at! We have a commitment to supporting local people enabling and encouraging ownership and entrepreneurship. Parental involvement is a crucial feature of the project engaging the whole family to have the greatest impact to support a healthier lifestyle.

The Program.

We will deliver two dance and health eating project. They will both be a 12 week projects and in addition to this a one week school holiday activity program for children and families. We have a particular focus on looked After Children and those children who are struggling to maintain a healthy weight/ lifestyle.

Digital resource and legacy of project.

We will be working with the Wayne Sables Project to create a short film/ online resource addressing the themes of the project. This resource will be made avilable for groups to view and get inspiration to support their own health and wellbeing project.

Thank you so much to the Morrison’s Foundation for their support. For more information on The Morrison’s Foundation visit https://www.morrisonsfoundation.com/about-us/

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Faith - DAZL Senior choreography by Rees Dance

DAZL Youth Dance Company – Faith

Choreographed by Rees Dance during a youth development project with DAZL, funded by Arts Council England and Public Health Leeds.

‘Faith’ is based on the pier support that became more and more apparent, throughout during the creation of the performance piece.  Traditional contemporary techniques and physical theatre is not usually the ‘chosen style’ of these individual dancers, but faith encompasses what the choreographers felt to be the essence of the company, throughout the creation process

Performance Dates

  • Friday 17th March 2018 – Phoenix Dance Theatre
  • Saturday 18th March 2018 – NSCD Community Platform
  • Wednesday 28th March 2018 – Morley Town Hall
  • Sunday 20th May 2018 – Bridlington Spa Theatre
  • 21st July 2018 – Kalasangam Showcase, Bradford


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#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 - Big Lottery Funding

Awards 4 All Funding

Dance Action Zone Leeds is so excited to announce on #TimetoTalk day that we’ve been successful with a Big Lottery Fund grant to deliver a Citywide Lads #MentalHealthProject. Lots more from this stand of the #KickOffBoysProject to follow.

Involved in this partnership are the following organisations. Northern School Of Contemporary Dance – Learning & Participation Phoenix Dance Theatre Space2 Leeds Leeds City College Wayne Sables

Looking forward to making a real difference to young lads lives across Leeds and addressing issues around men’s mental health.

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NEW - DAZL Inclusive Dance Team

Inclusive Dance Team for 14-25 yrs with a Learning Disability

Dance Action Zone Leeds – DAZL are so excited to announce our NEW Inclusive Competitive Dance Team for young adults aged 14-25 with learning disabilities. This program will start Tuesday 6th February 2018 weekly from 5pm- 6.30pm. We will be based at #Middleton Community Centre, (Middleton Elderly Aid) Middleton Park Avenue, LS10 3ST. Their is a £1 charge to each session as a contribution to costs for competition.

This program of work will be part of our championship winning squad the DAZL Diamonds and will be competing at the ICE Comp in Leeds 9th & 10th June 2018

We aim to breakdown barriers in the world of cheerdance/ hip-hop competitive dance sport. We aim for the participants to gain life, social and communication skills with added value of improving their overall health and wellbeing.

This session has been made possible by the amazing efforts of DAZL Parent Melissa Peacock fundraising by participating in the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.

Kick Off Boys Project - Leeds Lads Dance Partnership

Kick Off Boys Project

Dance is an energetic, physical activity that develops strength, coordination and courage. Kick Off is an all-male youth dance group in Leeds and we are looking for boys aged 12-18 to join.

The weekly sessions will run once a week on Tuesdays 6pm – 7.30pm at Leeds City College Park Lane Campus. Each week you will work with other boys to improve your dance skills and to make pieces to be performed around Leeds.

The Lads will work with dance professionals to choreograph and get the chance to show off your tricks and moves at venues across Leeds, including Riley Theatre, Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre and Morley Town Hall. Kick Off Boys Project covers the whole of Leeds.

This project is run in partnership by Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL), Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre, and Leeds City College.

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.

  • 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!