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.

Kick Off Boys Youth Dance 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 11 – 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

To book your place on a taster session or weekly classes please complete the below online form:

DAZL Senior Dance Company set to perform at FRESH 17

We are delighted to announce that the DAZL Senior Dance Company were chosen to perform at FRESH 17 an amazing platform that celebrates the talent and potential of young people in dance across Yorkshire. The regional platform which is being held at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday 1st April. This is a brilliant opportunity for our young people to experience performing in an established theatre like WYP.


Our piece of work PRIDE will be performed along side 11 other youth groups from across Yorkshire. They will be competing for a place to represent Yorkshire in a national platform called U.Dance which brings together youth groups from across the country, fingers crossed!

If you would like to come watch the platform and support not just DAZL but all the young people who are involved in FRESH 17, tickets are available from the WY Playhouse website, link below



BEST FOOT FORWARD - DAZL featured in Independant Leeds Paper

Please click on link here http://www.independentleeds.co.uk/blog/best-foot-forward-dance-action-zone-leeds/ 

Taken from Independent Leeds Blog

Words: Rosie Ramsden
Images: Buttercrumble (@buttercrumblecreative)

When I think back to my days as a greasy-skinned youth growing up in the suburbs of Lincolnshire, I often wish I could have been part of a community of young people that allowed me to blossom freely. I wish I could have been taken under a wing other than that of the tawny owl leader of our local Brownies group, who scorned my Bart Simpson t-shirt, and couldn’t understand the discomfort I felt in being made to wear that lurid brown skirt. Maybe if I’d found such an environment I’d have been a confident, happy and healthy teen far earlier. Luckily, Leeds’ young people have a plethora of community groups at hand to help steer them away from other negative influences.

In a city where 23% of under 16s live in poverty and 4 out of 10 feel that they aren’t part of society, Leeds’ youth are at risk of falling off society’s radar. This is where West Yorkshire’s not-for-profit charities step in, and help to improve the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged and vulnerable young people by providing opportunities and nurturing communities. Running since 2000, DAZL – Dance Action Zone Leeds – is a charity organisation that aims to get children moving, and provides them the vibrant peacock wing of founder Ian Rodley to nestle under.

Ian passionately explains that “the charity was initially set up in order to get young girls physically active. We recognised that dance is something they’d engage with and participate in.” Now that DAZL has grown, it is for all young people, particularly those from areas of deprivation. “We give them something worthwhile to do that is within their community. I still feel like one of the girls though!”

What makes this project particularly special is its support for those who may feel as if they have been written off. Like the role model that many of the students may lack, DAZL acts as a guiding force to the youth, promoting higher education and fostering empowerment. Through running events, galas, shows and volunteering schemes for community sessions, the students are also able to give back to the people and places that helped them flower. In this sense, the organisation embodies a certain cyclicality, which sees them become cornerstones of the community from whence they came, acting as peer leaders for the next generation of young dancers. DAZL champions young people’s achievements.

This is made evident when Ian tells me the story of Vicky Mawson’s passion and ambition, that he says is just one of thousands that illustrates the impact that DAZL has on its students. After beginning as a young dance leader, Vicky is now one of DAZL’s most valued and respected dance development officers. After coming through DAZL’s model, Vicky went on to university to study dance. She now contributes to what the organisation artistically showcases, and is shaping the way DAZL is run at its very core. Vicky has created a culture of strength for the young people she now inspires and is motivating youngsters to follow in her footsteps. “She was 13 when I met her,” exclaims Ian, “and now she wants my job!”

The organisation is one that is both embedded in culture and that responds to youth culture. For Ian, DAZL is all about harnessing creatively what is popular at the time. It is about really listening to what young people want, letting them have a voice and responding to their needs. DAZL have a team conducting grassroots research and visiting schools all over Leeds to discover this. It also has community dance practitioners that listen to trends and work out where the gaps are, ensuring that their young students never miss out on the opportunity to take part in dance training and high art dance. Furthermore, DAZL seeks to break down cultural barriers through entrenching culture into its choreography. “Everybody dances,” Ian says, “so when we do Bollywood or African dancing, for example, we bridge a gap that may exist between students of different backgrounds.”

Although I can’t help but feel that, DAZL or no DAZL, Ian would be pirouetting his way through the streets of West Yorkshire encouraging all the young people he could find to improve their physical and mental health via the medium of dance, one thing is for certain: this organisation is far away from the dusty and disconnected world of youth activity that many of us grew up with and is one that is effectively run by its peers, for its peers. DAZL provides an accessible community within communities, and introduces a sense of belonging and well-being into the hectic lives of this city’s youth. “You dance because you are having a good time,” Ian concludes. “That in itself makes you feel good, and that improves your health.”

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.



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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  • 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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