Dance & Health Projects

DAZL Youth Dance Company - LGBT #PRIDE

Using iconic LGBT anthems this piece explores false social perceptions of the LGBT community based on their gender and sexuality. Through the lens of LGBT young people, the work follows a journey of self-discovery by overcoming prejudice and discrimination to finding self-worth, empowerment and acceptance. . The youth company are all from Leeds, aged from 14-19yrs and are made up of gay, bi and straight young people. They have done lots of research chatting to other LGBT young people, attending pride event, endless hours of documentaries/ discussion based workshops and the young peoples own experiences. The group have been working with DAZL Dance Development officer Vicky Mawson and NSCD Graduated/ VERVE Dancer Mason Jubb. This work focuses on all LGBT youths but with an extra focus on transgender young people. This project is a starting point for DAZL as an organisation lead by Director Ian Rodley to create a 3 year strategic program which is specifically aimed at LGBT young people across Leeds using dance/ the arts which we are currently awaiting the outcome of funding. The group is looking to perform this work in many showcase events and we welcome any organisation which is running a LGBT event to contact us to perform. We may use a LGBT Pride flag or ten, you have been warned! If your aged 13-18 and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* or questioning your sexuality in Leeds and needs support Out 2 18 or Transtastic could be for you. You could also check out he Leeds GI Youth Group

DAZL Junior Youth Dance Company - Young People Mental Health #Implode

This piece explores young people’s mental health and wellbeing taking the audience on a journey of a young person’s anxieties, stress, and generally feeling of being overwhelmed with life. This is influenced by the constant messages from school, exams, social media, friends and complex home lives. Young people in today’s society are not always given the skills or equipment to deal with a busy mind and stressful working environment. We have never had a moment in time where we recived so much information so fast and were not always able to handel this, especially as a young person. With the social attitude of “pull up your socks, you will be fine”, mental health is not being taken seriously especially within young people. The young people have had a major input in the process and creation of this work. They have been given lots of creative tasks to showcase different elements of the work. They have had discussion based workshop and they initial ideas all steam from them and what they felt they wanted to focus on. The group is made up of 10 dancers from South Leeds aged 11-14 years who have used there own experiences as a starting point to create what you as an audience will see on stage. The group is working with NSCD Graduate Natasha Smith - For more information, support and guidance on young people and mental health please visit MindMate

DAZL Youth Dance Company

The DAZL Youth Dance Company was formed in early 2012 by our Dance Facilitator Vicky Mawson made up of gifted and talented young people from across the city with a passion for contemporary dance. We have an All Male youth company for young men which is part of the DAZL Boys strand aged 13-19 years which came to happen after a wonderful project with the Northern School Of Contemporary Dance "Kick Off Boys Project". We also have an All-female company for young women aged 11-17 years. The companies will create in contemporary/ urban dance styles and have the opportunity to work with external professional artists from across the region alongside DAZL Dance Facilitator Vicky Mawson. As DAZL is a Dance & Health organisation and prides itself on been a leader in the field ,there is an extra emphasis on health related topics such as – Drugs, Alcohol/ Substance misuse, Mental and Sexual health related topics. The companies will tour there work across the city performing and working with the local communities to DAZL’s work and throughout the region linking with other youth dance companies/ organisations to share their experiences/ work.

DAZL provision for young people with MAX Cards

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 -25 years. We’re here to make sure you have fun even if you’ve never danced before. DAZL can introduce you to all kinds of dance; Street, Cheerdance, Hip-Hop, Breakdance, Creative, Jazz, Contemporary and more … 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. Full list with locations of sessions across Leeds are here ​​ ​

DAZL backs #LeedsGirlCan Campaign - Improving Girls Health

Improving Girls Health through Dance #LeedsGirlCan LEEDS GIRL CAN - DAZL uses dance as physical activity to engage with hundreds of young girls every week and over 15,000 since the program began. Dance can be a fantastic tool to engage young girls who maybe not interested in conventional sports/ physical activity. We at DAZL see the clear benefits of dance to everyone physical and mental health and we advocate this daily #MoveMoreDanceMore DAZL is proud to be backing the Leeds Girl Can campaign, you can see the DAZL sessions for young women across Leeds on the Leeds Girl Can website. DAZL has been featured as organisation and its work with young girls - Leeds Girl Can Interview DAZL Dance Development Office Vicky Mawson - “We’re the DAZL Diamonds, we’ve been running for ten years and we are national and regional champions, we work really hard and it’s just really important for us to get cheer dance recognised as a competitive sport. When people think of cheer dance and cheerleading they think of the film bring it on and they see cheering on football games and it’s not just about that, it takes a lot of skill and it takes a lot of physical energy you have to have a lot of stamina to do this, it’s like running a marathon in 2 1/2 mins it’s crazy. You just need to come and give it a go because you’re getting fit but in a fun way. And you learn new techniques and dance that’s good for the body. Because DAZL started off trying to get girls into physical activity that’s always been our goal and our reason for doing what we do. I think it’s great that girls can access totally different sports that they normally wouldn’t access is amazing.”

Kick Off Boys Project

Kick Off Boys Youth Dance Project Free boys dance project with Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre and DAZL. Are you aged between 12 – 18 years? Take part in our boys dance project and work with professional dance artists. Want to try it out before you commit? Then come to one of our taster sessions. TASTER – Northern School of Contemporary Dance, 98 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 4BH Friday 7th April 1 – 3pm TASTER – Phoenix Dance Theatre, St Cecilia Street, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PA Sunday 9th April 11.00 – 1.00pm TASTER – DAZL, South Leeds Youth Hub, Middleton Road, LS10 3JA Saturday 15th April 9.30 – 11.30 Next Steps… If you then decide to join the Kick Off Boys Dance Project after your taster session, you will be required to attend all of the weekly sessions, intensive dates and performances listed below. Weekly Sessions Northern School of Contemporary Dance, 98 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 4BH o: · Wednesday 19th April / 6.30 – 8pm · Wednesday 26th April / 6.30 – 8pm · Wednesday 3rd May / 6.30 – 8pm · Wednesday 10th May / 6.30 – 8pm · Wednesday 17th May / 6.30 – 8pm · Wednesday 24th May / 6.30 – 8pm · Wednesday 7th June / 6.30 – 8pm · Wednesday 14th June / 6.30 – 8pm · Wednesday 21st June / 6.30 – 8pm · Wednesday 28th June / 6.30 – 8pm · Wednesday 5th July / 6.30 – 8pm · Wednesday 12th July / 6.30 – 8pm Intensive Dates DAZL, South Leeds Youth Hub, Middleton Road, LS10 3JA · Tuesday 30th May / 10 – 4pm · Wednesday 31st May / 10 – 4pm · Thursday 1st June / 10 – 4pm Performance Dates Northern School of Contemporary Dance, 98 Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 4BH Saturday 1st July / 4pm & 7.30pm Phoenix Dance Theatre, St Cecilia Street, Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PA Friday 14th July / 7.30pm Bookings To book your place on a taster session or weekly classes please complete the below online form:

Leeds LGBT+ Sports Fringe Festival 2017 supports DAZL

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 18 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 -

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Posted by Dance Action Zone Leeds – DAZL on Sunday, 22 November 2015

Dance & Health Project exploring the negative impact technology/ social media has on the development of social interaction doe children and young people. Click on video below and watch an example of our work.

Try a DAZL dance session

Classes across Leeds for anyone aged 3 -25 years. We're here to make sure you have fun even if you've never danced before. DAZL can introduce you to all kinds of dance; Street / Cheerdance / Hip-Hop/ Breakdance/ Creative /Jazz and Contemporary and more.... Express yourself, you'll have a great time make new friends, not to mention keeping fit whilst filling you with confidence!