DAZL Diamonds, DAZL Boys & DAZL Inspire
DAZL Diamonds, DAZL Boys & DAZL Inspire are the official International championship winning Cheerdance / Hip-Hop “Comp Teams” of Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL). These four programmes use community development approaches to deliver their work across South and East Leeds, targeting their work at areas of deprivation. The Comp Teams are used as a progression route for children and young people who want to undertake a more intensive and committed dance programme and to engage children, young people and their families in positive and healthy dance activity in their communities.
The DAZL Diamonds has been running and winning major championships since September 2004, DAZL Boys since 2010, DAZL Inspire joined the Comp Teams family in 2012. This strand was formed by Director Ian Rodley, the community dance squads continue to grow & improve weekly with over 180 members in the three teams. The teams are constantly grabbing the attention of the media and the DAZL Diamonds & Boys have appeared on many TV show in UK and around the world. The teams have a fresh, ever changing style which gets showcased at cheerdance and hip-hop competitions and events all over the UK and beyond. The DAZL Comp Teams strive to work with young people from deprived community that wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to be involved in competitive dance.
s are members of the British Cheerleading Association (BCA) & United Kingdom Cheerleading Association (UKCA) but also competes in other competitions across the country such as Cheer&Chant Classics and Unified Dance UK competitions. The squads also perform & showcase their work at local community events, galas and shows in Leeds & across the country. The DAZL Comp Teams also have a structured progression routes for dancers who strive for excellence and select a new competitive team every year; this is generally through application process & also through a series of open workshops with professional artists. This gives everyone an equal chance & creates an inclusive process to all. We also have commitment to using existing DAZL activity as a progressive route onto these two programmes from many of the DAZL’s open community dance sessions from across the city.
So if you’re interested in joining the BCA & Cheer a
nd Chant Championship winning teams please get in touch. We welcome new talent and have Cheerdance and Hip-Hop teams for all ages including a Adult/ Mums squad, all competitive teams start from age 3 years and also have intensive half term and summer camps. DAZL Diamonds & DAZL Boys train in South Leeds from Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre in Middleton and The South Leeds Youth Hub, Belle Isle and DAZL Inspire train from East Leeds at Dame Fanny Waterman Centre in Gipton and Ebor Gardens Community Centre in Burmontofts so come and give it a go everyone is welcome!
DAZL Comp Teams Fundraising
As The DAZL Comp Teams are all community dance teams the dancers participate in fundraising events each term, this is compulsory if you wish to be in the squads. As the teams have no direct funding available to it, we solely depend on team fundraising to survive and an important part of being a DAZL Comp Teams dancer. We welcome supporters and any donations for fundraising which helps the two squads achieve their goals and both teams are looking for permanent sponsorship to pay for t-shirts etc.
The weekly dance sessions are all a fixed rate of £1 – 2 each. We
attend various competitions with different governing bodies, Competition fees vary in price but the squads fundraising will reduce the overall costs dramatically enabling all young people to have the opportunity to attend competitions.
The prices of sessions are also kept to a minimum so the sessions are accessible to all who wish to be involved. Fundraising events include Community Dance Benefit Night (Supported and organised by DAZL Staff, Parents and Local Community), Sponsored walks / Fun runs for the whole family and bag packing etc .
“DAZL Diamonds has had a great impact on Ruby, she’s so much more confidence now and outgoing now. She’s made lots of new friends and really enjoys going to the competitions, it also keeps her fit and healthy” – Thank you all Kerry
DAZL Comp Teams Staffing Team
The DAZL Comp teams is run by a team of cheerdance and hip-hop specialist, the Cheerdance Specialist Team – Ian Rodley, Vicky Mawson, Amy Smith, Mason Jubb, Ashleigh Pullen with Assistants Chrissie Emmonds and Toni Allerton. The Specialist Hip-Hop Team is Chante Henry, Natasha Smith, Amy Smith and Vicky Mawson and Youth Assistants John Shaw, Reagan McDonald and Fallon Cooper
The Squads have been featured on the following TV: SKY 1 Got To Dance, The Secret Millionaire, SKY Sports, MTV Dance, BBC1 “The Syndicate”, ITV Clanader, BBC Look North, CBBC Newsround and more….
Please click below on some of the press articles from the squads:
DAZL Goldstars in Yorkshire Evening Post – DAZL Inspire win gold and join the Diamonds in becoming champions with support from East Leeds community first funding.
DAZL Diamonds in guardian newspaper – Obesity Article – The Championship winning DAZL Diamonds join forces to combat childhood obesity
For more articles on the squads are there achievements please visit the DAZL NEWS page where we have lots of press and media coverage archived.