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.http://leedssexualhealth.com/wheretogo/support-groups/out-2-25-and-transtastic You could also check out he Leeds GI Youth Group http://www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk/event/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 https://www.mindmate.org.uk
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. http://www.mymaxcard.co.uk/
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 http://www.dazl.org.uk/dance-classes-groups-leeds/
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.”
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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.