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

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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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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 or call/ text 07519018675

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TIED - DAZL Get Moving Project supported by Sport England

Dance Fitness for Women & Teenage Girls

This project is supported by Sport England and provides women and teenage girls in areas of deprivation from low socio-economic backgrounds across Leeds the opportunity to engage in dance fitness. We aim to increase participation and engage with 160 women throughout the year of this funding. Focusing on engaging inactive women and girls in a fun, inclusive and accessible way. The sessions will be appealing to women from all cultures as dance is so diverse.

Sessions – All sessions are priced at £1 each and run weekly, each class will last a minimum of 1 hr in local community venues in the following areas; Belle Isle, Middleton, Ebor Gardens, Bramley, Wortley, Gipton.

Why dance? Dance/ Dance Fitness such as Zumba, Cheer Fit, Dance Aerobics is proven to improve mood which improves mental health, dance also has a social element to it which alongside the activity motivates the people involved to live happier, healthier lives.

Childcare a issue? Don’t worry we also have dance/ change 4 life sessions for young people 3 years and above. So we can keep the children occupied with healthy activities whilst you get active and take time for you!

DAZL is so please to be 1 of the 26 organisations who has been supported by this fund, please read press release on the initiative

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

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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.

NEW DAZL Dance Facilitator appointed

Congratulations on becoming the NEW DAZL Dance Facilitator Amy Dazl

Amy has just been appointed as the DAZL Dance Facilitator after working for the organisation for the past 10 years in a freelance capacity. Amy has developed many youth dance programs and has played a major part in developing the DAZL International Championship winning cheerdance and hip-hop academies (DAZL Diamonds, DAZL Boys and DAZL Inspire). She will be responsible for the development of the DAZL Comp Teams with her team of artists. Amy will be working closely with the DAZL Youth Dance Leaders and Young Dance Leaders supporting their professional development and progression. Amy embodies the DAZL Model and we are so proud to have her on the team.

Amy started dancing at 3 doing ballet, she joined DAZL when she was at high school and was assisted by DAZL in gaining her B-tec First and Level 3 National Diploma in Performing Arts from Thomas Danby Collage. Amy then went on to gain her Level 3 Dance Leaders Qualification with DAZL. She has taught and performed with the DAZL Diamonds since the squad began in 2005, her experience in cheerdance and winning major championships is amazing. Amy has delivered work in schools and community sessions and is passionate about competitive cheerdance, Amy is also NCSSE Qualified to Master Level.

Today was her first day and we cant wait to see her development and that of the DAZL young people/ artists she works with #FutureDAZL

DAZL West Leeds Sharing!

DAZL West Leeds Sharing!


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 an essential part of the DAZL Model.


Last night Dance Action Zone Leeds hosted its first informal dance sharing in West Leeds at St John Church Hall, Wortley. 65 young people from across West Leeds came and performed to an audience of 150+ parents and families. The young people/ families were from Bramley, Swinnow, Farnley and Wortley, they have been taking part in DAZL activities since April this year. The programs in West Leeds have been supported by the local ward councilors and Inner West/ Outer West Community Committees.


This first event was an opportunity to bring the communities and young people together, they will be performing at Local galas throughout that summer as well as working towards a city centre Christmas Show.


Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL) would like to thank all parents/ young people/  supporters/ volunteers and also The wonderful DAZL Staff and Young Dance Leader who do such a fantastic job. This is a great start to DAZL working with the communities across West Leeds and the local ward councilors. Thank you.

If you want more information or to view the pictures and videos from West Leeds Sharing, you can follow us on the social media below

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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 – 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

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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.


  • 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!

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