Dance & Health Projects

KICK OFF Boys Project (Part 2)

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, and is run in partnership by Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL), Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre, and Leeds City College.

TIED - DAZL Get Moving Program supported by Sport England 

TIED - DAZL Get Moving Program supported by Sport England  This project 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. 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. 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. For more information email or call/ text 07519018675 Social Media - Twitter @DAZL_Leeds  Facbook - LIKE danceactionzoneleeds or Istagram @danceactionzoneleeds 

Local Co-Op Community Fund supports 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, 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. The fund will raise funds from November 2017 -October 2018 for DAZL.

DAZL & Rees Dance Company Partnership #YorkshireConnection

Dance Action Zone Leeds have teamed up with Rees Dance Company supported by Arts Council England to create two new pieces of choreography. The Dancers Hero - DAZL boys Choreographed by Rees Dance Company during a youth development project with DAZL, funded by Arts Council England and Public Health Leeds. The performance piece came about as a result of one of the choreographers hearing a flippant comment, directed at the youth group: "boys will be boys" Through discussions with the dancers regarding their interests, and being mindful of their creativity with their aspirations, the piece 'Hero' was formed. Faith - DAZL Senior 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.

The Morrison's Foundation Support DAZL

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. We will deliver two, 12 week projects and a 1 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. We will be working with the Wayne Sables Project to create a short film/ online resource addressing the themes of the project. Thank you so much to the Morrison’s Foundation for their support. For more information on The Morrison's Foundation visit

Leeds Community Foundation #HolidayHungerLeeds Fund awards DAZL Grant

DAZL is excited to announce we have received funding from the Leeds Community Foundation - Holiday Hunger Fund 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 , 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 Dance Companies

The DAZL Youth Dance Companies are 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 and a Junior and senior youth dance company for young people aged 11-19 years. The companies create work using contemporary/ urban dance styles and have the opportunity to work with artists from across the region alongside DAZL Artist Stephanie Dobson. As DAZL is a Dance & Health organisation and prides itself on been a leader in the field we have an extra emphasis on health related topics such as – Drugs, Alcohol/ Substance misuse, Mental and Sexual health related topics. The work is toured/ showcased across the city Leeds and throughout Yorkshire 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.”

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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 -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!