The Impact of the DAZL Community Dance Programme on Physical Activity and Psycho-Social Health in Young People

DAZL is working with Leeds Beckett to support a fully funded PhD project and this can be found here: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/carnegie-school-of-sport/carnegie-school-of-sport-phd-studentships/

The Closing date: 20th May 2018

#14 The Impact of the DAZL Community Dance Programme on Physical Activity and Psycho-Social Health in Young People

Prevalence of psychological health concerns amongst young people is rising, particularly in girls (i.e. low body image, self-worth and psychosomatic symptoms). The long-term consequences include social dysfunction, poor academic performance and even suicide. Dance has emerged as a viable tool to promote physical activity across hard-to-engage populations. Consequently, empirical evidence is required to examine the impact of dance for physical activity and health promotion in young people. This PhD aims to evaluate: 1) a pre-established, community dance programme for young girls from low SES communities; 2) and whether dance can build health resilience and improvements in girls’ psycho-social health.​

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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

Need

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.

Solution

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.

Aim

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

Activities

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

 

Reporting

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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https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/projects/view/29286/dazl-runs-marathon-and-3-peaks-for-inclusive-group/

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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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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 https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/13760/ 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: https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/13760/

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

For more information on how you can get involved please email info@dazl.org.uk or call/ text 07519018675

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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 Spooky Weekend Fundraiser

DAZL Spooky Weekend Fundraiser

     

DAZL dancers & families will be part of a fundraising weekend. Dancers will take part in a Halloween DanceAthon on Sat 28th Oct & some Parents will take park in Spooked-Out 5k race on the Sun 29th Oct 2017 at Woodhouse Moore. You can enter the race via this link https://racebest.com/races/4sczz

Need

To raise funds to support the various community programs where we had funding shortages and to ensure we reduce as many barriers to provision as possible.

Solution

DAZL is committed to not only working in areas of deprivation but also to reducing barriers to families where funds/ transports/ other costs or lack of representation that reflects them. DAZL is comment to supporting Looked after Children, Children with a disability and children from deprived Leeds. The funds raised will support these young people to attend sessions/ holiday provision at Low Cost/ No Cost, pay for equipment/ costumes/ t-shirts also to support wider opportunities.

Aim 1

Raise funds to support the DAZL City-wide Inclusive Community Provision

Activities

» Community sponsored Halloween DanceAthon on Saturday 28th October 2017, 9.30-12.30 at the South Leeds Youth hub
» Parents will take part in a Couch to 5k program with Leeds FrontRunners leading up to Spooked-Out 5k race on the Sun 29th Oct 2017 at Woodhouse Moore.

We have a fundraising target of £1000

Impact

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.

Reporting

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.

Why Us?

With 17 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.

ONLINE DONATIONS HERE We have a fundraising target of £1000 – https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/projects/view/28949/dazl-spooky-fundraising-weekend-2017/

 

New DAZL Admin & Community Facilitator

Congratulations on becoming the NEW DAZL Admin & Community Facilitator

Chrisie has just been appointed as the DAZL Admin & Community Facilitator after working/ supporting the organisation for the past 9 years in a many different capacities capacity. Chrisie has developed through the program and has played a major part in development of DAZL International Championship winning cheerdance and hip-hop academies

Chrisie’s NEW role will support the deliver of dance and health outputs of DAZL Public Health Contract and other DAZL projects, to disadvantaged communities in targeted areas of Leeds. Chrisie will also provide general administration supporting the DAZL city wide community provision. A proportion of this role will be to support the development of the DAZL assistant dance leaders/peer support workers in partnership with the DAZL Dance Facilitator Amy Smith and Director Ian Rodley.

Chrisie started her involvement due to her daughter’s been involved in DAZL in 2008. She then volunteered on the DAZL Diamonds supporting the sessions, from This she gained her DAZL Youth Dance Leadership Level 2 qualification and other community development and young people related qualifications with the support of DAZL. She now assists in supporting school club and community sessions across the city and is a performer in the DAZL Mums competitive dance team. In addition to this she she worked with the DAZL admin team for the past year, Chrisie embodies the DAZL model, supporting local people to gain qualifications and skills to work in the sector.

Monday is her first day and we cant wait to see her development and that of the DAZL young people/ artists she will support and works with #FutureDAZL

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.

Need

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.

Solution

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.

Aim 

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

Activities

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.

Impact

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.

Reporting

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.

Location

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.

Beneficiaries

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. https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/projects/view/28828/melissas-yorkshire-3-peaks-challenge/ 

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 – info@dazl.org.uk 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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  • 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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