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DAZL is a not-for-profit dance and health charity and limited company. DAZL uses community development principals and practice along with dance to deliver health outputs. We rely on grant income as well as a discreet level of social enterprise in order to ensure we can continue to work towards our charitable aims.

DAZL Junior & Senior Dance Company @ East Riding Youth Dance Platform 17

From Barnsley to Bridlington, both the Senior and Junior youth dance companies travelled to The Spa in Bridlington on Sunday 5th February to perform at the East Riding Youth Dance Platform, which was such an amazing event. A huge thank you to June Mitchell and Dawn Holgate for inviting us which is becoming an annual event on the company tour schedule.

After our tech rehearsal it was straight into the all important bow/finale workshop run by the amazing East Riding dance artists. It was great to see our young people interacting and working with the other youth groups that were attending the platform also.

First up to perform in the first half of the show was the Senior Dance Company, they were ready to wow the audience with the very colourful and powerful performance of PRIDE! They came out and showcased the highs and lows of young LGBT peoples lives in today’s society.

After the interval it was time for the Junior Dance Company to perform their intense and emotional piece of work around young people and mental health. The girls showed maturity within their performance whilst showcasing amazing technique and connection to the theme.

The show finished with a high energy bow/finale dance where each group who performed in the platform came back on to have a little dance all together and say one final thank you to the audience. Everyone who performed that evening was brilliant. It is always a great pleasure for DAZL to be involved in the platform. Thanks again East Riding Youth

 

 

 

 

 

DAZL Active 4 Life Creative Camp

DAZL Active 4 Life Creative Camp – February Half Term

Book your child’s place now, only a few spaces left!

Boys & girls welcome to take part in a mixture of dance, sports, arts & crafts and many more fun activities.

When – Monday 13th – Friday 17th February 2017

Where – South Leeds Youth Hub, Middleton Rd, Belle Isle, LS10 3JA

Time – 10am – 3pm everyday

Age – 5-12yrs

Price – £5 per day or £20 for the week when paid in full or with a Breeze Card

Turn up, complete a consent form (parents/carers must sign this). Wear comfortable clothing and trainers. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of water.

For more information or to book your child a place please contact DAZL

Tel: 0113 2706903 ext 164 or 07519 018675

Email: community@dazl.org.uk

DAZL Feb Active 4 Life Creative Camps 2017

DAZL Senior Dance Company @ Crossing Borders 2017

DAZL Senior Dance Company travelled to Horizon College in Barnsley on Sunday 29th January to not only be a part of Crossing Borders 2017 platform, which was an amazing performance opportunity but it was also their audition for Fresh 2017.  The piece which they have been working on since September with DAZL Dance Development Officer Vicky Mawson and Mason Jubb, recent Northern School of Contemporary Dance graduate and current Verve student, looks at the lives of LGBT young people in today’s society. Using iconic gay anthems and thought provoking choreography it takes the audience on a journey through the highs and lows of the characters lives.

Throughout the day the group took part in a variety of workshops within the college including a contemporary dance workshop, a street dance workshop and a social media experience workshop which allowed the young people to interact with other youth groups attending the platform.

After the Finale workshop it was time to get ready for the performance, costumes on, make up and hair looking flawless, the group were ready to put on a great show. The DAZL Seniors wowed the audience with their powerful and very colourful performance of PRIDE! There were tears, smiles and cheers from the people watching the piece, it was all in all a very emotional performance. We are now awaiting a decision from the FRESH 2017 panel and will find out at the end of February if they were chosen to perform at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday 1st April.

 

DAZL Junior Dance Company @ Crossing Borders 2017

DAZL Junior Dance Company travelled to Horizon College in Barnsley on Sunday 29th January to not just perform their new work Implode! but to perform as a group for the first time since beginning back in September 2016. In just 5 short months the young people who the majority of them had never done contemporary dance before worked intensively with Natasha Smith, a recent graduate from Northern School of Contemporary Dance to create a piece of work which was emotional, intense and opened the audiences eyes to the world of mental health in young people.

Throughout the day the group took part in a variety of workshops within the college including a contemporary dance workshop, a street dance workshop and a social media experience workshop which allowed the young people to interact with other youth groups attending the platform.

After the Finale workshop it was time to get ready for the show, costumes on hair up, the girls were ready to put on a great show. Being one of the youngest youth companies there and opening the show, they showed huge amounts of bravery, professionalism and absolutely blew the audience away with their powerful performance. We are now awaiting a decision from the FRESH 2017 panel and will find out at the end of February if they were chosen to perform at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday 1st April.

 

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DAZL Junior Dance Company - #IMPLODE

 DAZL Junior Dance Company – #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 handle 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 and will perform this work 29th January 2017 at Horizon College in Barnsley – For more information, support and guidance on young people and mental health please visit MindMate https://www.mindmate.org.uk

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DAZL Youth Dance Company - #PRIDE (LGBT Themed work)


DAZL Youth Dance Company – #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 lead by DAZL Director Ian Rodley for DAZL as an organisation 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!

For more information and Support

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

 

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DAZL Says Thank You To NSCD

Thank You to NSCD!

Over the past two month DAZL has had 7 of the Northern School Of Contemporary Dance 3rd year degree students on placement. The students have been working in the community and schools inspiring, motivating and educating the young people from DAZL.

DAZL would like to thank Dawn Holgate and NSCD for this wonderful partnership between both our organisations.

Henning Holm-glad delivered a 3 week Intro to Ballet course to the DAZL Middleton young people

Ed Jeff worked with our DAZL Dance Artists on after-school dance clubs at Corpus Christi & Wykebeck Primary School

Jenna Nathan worked with the young teenage girls at Ebor Gardens Community Centre, DAZL Diamonds (Middleton) and the Fabulous DAZL Mums.

Jasmine Bennett worked with Middleton Primary School year 1 Ballet Club, Helped on the DAZL Junior Youth Dance Company and also assisted Henning on the Ballet in the community course.

Maria Klungnes-berg worked with the DAZL Junior Youth Dance Company on contemporary dance.

Tyler Attwood worked with the DAZL Xplode at Richmond Hill group, DAZL Xplode at Cottingley community group. The DAZL Boys and DAZL Hip-Hop Crews.
Rachel Cooper worked with the DAZL Xplode at Richmond Hill group and the DAZL female  Hip-Hop Crews.

 

The students not only delivered and supported the dance session but they also helped create work for the young people to perform at the DAZL Christmas Jumper Benefit Evening.

DAZL is happy to be continuing to work with NSCD 2016 Graduate Natasha Smith who is delivering on many of the DAZL Community Dance Programs. Natasha has not only been delivering on the regular community program but on the DAZL Competitive dance teams. This year DAZL has set up our Junior Youth Dance Company for gifted and talented young people lead by Natasha, she has also been delivering dance to the CATCH – Girls groups contracted through DAZL empowering girls from BME communities through dance..

Finally Mason Jubb NSCD 2016 Graduate and VERVE dancer is in his 3rd year with DAZL delivering on the competitive dance programs and with the DAZL Youth Dance Company assisting gifted and talented young people on vocational dance training alongside DAZL Dance Development Officer Vicky Mawson.

Thank you NSCD for all your wonderful support and partnership

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DAZL in the Community at Christmas 2016

DAZL Events October – December 2016 Update

DAZL Community Events 0ct – Dec 2016

  • DAZL has hosted the annual DAZL Halloween Party & Christmas Jumper Party 2016
  • Dance Studio Leeds Showcase
  • Sharp Lane Community Group Bonfire Night event 2016
  • Pudsey Christmas Lights Switch-On 2016
  • Cottingley Christmas Fair
  • DAZL performed at Child Friendly Leeds – Social Work Conference 2016
  • Inner East Leeds Youth Summit
  • BITMO Christmas Market Performance 2016
  • 40 Afterschool Dance Performances

DAZL 2017 Activities

  • New community dance groups in West Leeds
  • New DAZL All Male Youth Dance Company
  • Weekly community classes across Leeds
  • DAZL Citywide Showcase Event

Find all the information about our new community sessions on our classes page all DAZL Community classes start back from 3th January 2017

Happy Christmas and have a wonderful New Year! 

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DAZL in West Leeds!

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DAZL have recently received some funding to run dance sessions in the Farnley and Wortley areas from the Outer West Community Committee with support of the local Councillors Ann Blackburn, David Blackburn and Terry Wilfordfarnley-2The sessions are growing in numbers each week and is proving more dance should be happening in both these areas.

Mondays we have our DAZL Xplode Breakdance @ Hillside Hall, Cross Lane, Farnley, LS12 5AA with DAZL tutor Tammy. 4.30pm-5.30pm is the younger class for 6-11yrs and 5.30pm-6.30pm is the older class for ages 12-16yrs. Both sessions are FREE of charge and it is a wonderful class to gain skills in breakdance and other Hip Hop styles.

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Wednesdays we have DAZL Xplode Cheer @ St John’s the Evangelist, Dixon Lane Rd, Wortley, LS12 4RU with DAZL Dance Development Officer Vicky.  4.30pm-5.30pm is the younger class for 6-11yrs and 5.30pm-6.30pm is the older class for ages 12-16yrs. Both sessions are FREE of charge, this is a fun and energetic session where children and young people learn the awortley-1rt of cheerdance and pom dance as well as other elements such as jazz and gymnastics.

If you would like to attend either session please just turn up on a Monday or Wednesday, sign a consent form and then leave your child to have a brilliant dance session at DAZL.

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Something to shout about!

Over the past few months DAZL have had so many success stories including competing at our first Unify Dance UK, packed summer and weekly community dance programs across the city. Record number of DAZL young people studying dance at HE and FE level. Set up a new scheme for FREE provision for looked after children and young people throughout all DAZL activities.


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During summer our community program carried on throughout July and August. It was amazing to see 49 community dance sessions filled to the rafters with children and young people. As well as our regular provision we had our Summer Active 4 Life Creative Camp  where we had nearly 70 young people come throughout the week. We also had our summer intensiveimg_4042 week with the DAZL Comp Teams from South & East Leeds.

Summer Dance Film Project

To then end our already amazing summer program we did a dance & film project in partnership with Wayne Sables Project (WSP) #4Film4Days1Project involving 4 community groups across DAZL 2 based in Outer South which was DAZL Reload and DAZL Revolution and 2 in Inner South, DAZL Xplode @ Cottingley and DAZL Seniors the work was supported by the local Leeds City Council Ward Councillors and Community Committees. All in all a very successful and packed with fun summer program.  You can view the work on our YouTube Channel and Vimeo Channel 

DAZL Hip-Hop Crews dazzle at Unify Dace UK Championships

img_5370-editedOn Sunday 2nd October DAZL Diamonds, DAZL Boys and DAZL Inspire competed at their first Unify Dance UK North West Street and Hip Hop Competition in Manchester. As well as all 217 children and families thoroughly enjoying the day we left the competition with every team placing in the top 4 and majority of them were 1st and 2nd places. Amazing team effort by all the performers, parents and members of staff on the day. GO DAZL!!

 

Young people further there development and careers in dance!

At DAZL we are constantly guiding and giving young people the confidence to go onto further and higher education and this year was no different. We had 12 young people choose to study dance at college including14264872_1829934033903217_2548787547868611045_n attending Leeds City College and Wakefield College. We also had students secure University places including University of East London. Another 3 of past DAZL students doing PGCE’s in dance. As well as FE and HE we also have 3 DAZL students who auditioned and are now on the Northern School of Contemporary Dance CAT Scheme. Progression is fundamental to the DAZL model, empowering the dancers to take there learning further. We are delighted to have 2 NSCD Graduates delivering on the DAZL program and value all the partnership we have made across Leeds and beyond.

 

eF0E-RRgWe are committed to supporting children!

DAZL has a commitment to looked after children/ carers/ foster families also young people with additional need to support them to engage with the arts. DAZL does this as we want to be as inclusive as possible and reduce the barriers to the arts/ physical activity for all.

imagesIf 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/

Performance

DAZL groups have performed at the following events

  • Belle Isle Gala
  • Seacroft Gala
  • Joss Arnott Showcase
  • Hunslet Moor Gala
  • Lark in the Park
  • Friends of Middleton Park Event
  • DM Academy Showcase
  • OnRoundhay Festival
  • Unify Dance UK Championships
  • Dance Studio Leeds Showcase

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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 -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!

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