DAZL Blogs & News
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 work the elderly from the Anchor Trust
Over the past few months DAZL has been delivering a dance program in partnership with the six Leeds based Anchor Care Homes. This project works with older people who are living with dementia headed up by the DAZL Dance Facilitator Amy Smith and Community Dance & Health Practitioner Stephen Johnson. Assisting these two artists have been the DAZL Dance and Health Officer Apprentice Harvey Pratt and DAZL Dance Leader Kaci Emmonds.
The DAZL team have have absolutely loved working with the residents and the wonderful caring and supportive staff from the Anchor Trust. The residents have really responded well to the weekly dance for fun sessions and to date we have engaged around 120 older people throughout the six care home in Leeds.
Moving forward DAZL plan to continue this partnership delivering dance and from January we plan on deliver an intergenaerational project with the older people from Anchor and young people from DAZL. This will will also be evaluated by Leeds Beckett University of which it will be published in a academic journal highlighting the impact dance has on dementia and older peoples overall health and wellbeing.
Below is a statement from Jo Bailey, Anchor Wellbeing Coordinator
In later life, maintaining movement is key, and a huge part of wellbeing and healthcare. However, this is not always easy to achieve. For people living with Dementia, it is the little things that count, or in the case of DAZL, the fun things.
A bunch of enthusiastic, skilled, caring dancers, DAZL are an absolute joy. The way they interact with the residents, we have found it is almost impossible to resist joining in, whether resident, carer or visitor alike.
Having had the pleasure of their company for many visits now I can safely say that the impact they have had on our residents has been both positive and profound. I returned to one home the day after DAZL had visited and was greeted with conversations and smiles regarding the previous day’s events. Such recollections are, regrettably, rare so for the DAZL team to have achieved this was praise indeed.
I would, without hesitation, recommend the concept and of course DAZL to other care homes or anyone who is living with Dementia or caring for somebody who is.
Kind Regards – Jo Bailey, Wellness Coordinator Anchor
For more information on the Anchor Trust please visit https://www.anchor.org.uk/
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The Co-op has raised £19 million for over 4,000 causes
The Co-op Members have raised an amazing £19 million for over 4,000 causes across the UK. This is a fantastic achievement the members, who have shopped with with the Co-op and chosen to support local causes with their 1% since last November. DAZL was chosen to be one of the three chosen good causes by the Co-op Beeston Store.
THANK YOU BEESTON CO-OP MEMBER
We wanted to provide dance opportunities which work towards a Christmas community showcase at the Northern School Of Contemporary Dance, Riley Theatre for deprived young people across Leeds.
You helped raise a total £3,104.39 to enable DAZL to make this happen.
About the Project – The project will bring the community from predominantly across LS10 and LS11 together with young people from across the city of Leeds to celebrate the young peoples achievement, building stronger communities and promoting community cohesion. The young people will gain increased self esteem, confidence and greater health and well-being. They will also have improved their physical and mental health by been involved in the project.
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About the Charity – DAZL
DAZL Aim To improve the mental & physical health of children & young people aged 3 – 19 years, through dance as physical activity in disadvantaged communities of Leeds. We aim to reduce health inequalities, improving the health & well-being of young adults with disabilities up to 25 years, families & the wider community through asset-based community dance & wider dance opportunities.
We do this through a five stage model.
- Participation – Engaging inactive children & young people through high quality dance as physical activity
- Community Leadership – Engaging & empowering local people/communities
- Partnerships – Supporting and delivering the wider health/social care agenda
- Artistic Development & Progression Support
- Celebrating Communities & Performance Opportunities.
Thank you CO-OP #TheCoopWay
One Dance UK 2018 Awards
The first One Dance UK Awards unlike any other awards focused uniquely on dance and has been developed to recognise the outstanding contributions of people working in the dance sector. This annual event is an opportunity for people in the dance sector to get together, celebrate, acknowledge and reward the people who have made an impact on the UK’s vibrant dance landscape. There was 23 Award Categories, which span all the vital work that is taking place to shape the dance sector today. DAZL was lucky enough to be nominated and shortlisted for two awards.
DAZL WINS Leeds Dance Partnership Award
Each year One Dance UK will present an award in partnership with the host region, recognising an organisation or individual who has made a significant impact to dance in the local area. This year DAZL and our Director Ian Rodley was recognised by the host city and the Leeds Dance Partnership for the work we deliver across the city.
What an absolutely lovely honor to receive this award, thank you so much and well done to the DAZL Team. Also congratulations and keep doing all your fantastic work to the other two nominees Mobius Dance and Spin Arts. Ian Rodley Director – Dance Action Zone Leeds
DAZL WINS PEOPLES CHOICE Award
The People’s Choice Award recognises an individual or organisation that has made a significant contribution to the dance sector throughout the last 12 months. Entrants for this award were nominated by One Dance UK members and then decided by open public vote. DAZL was extremely lucky to be awarded a second award. The team found this awards really special as this was vote by the public ans as we like to say at DAZL The #DAZLFAMILY.
We would also like to congratulate the other two nominees Donald Hutera and Motionhouse – Charge.
Thank you to Sharon Watson, Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre and Wieke Eringa, CEO and Artistic Director of Yorkshire Dance who presented DAZL with the two awards on behalf of One Dance UK.
DAZL Community flyers
Please click on these links and open the flyers for our community sessions. You can simply click on and download the PDFs.
Inner East Community Program
- DAZL Seacroft Streetdance Crew, Tuesday 5.15-6.15pm at Kentmere Community Centre
- DAZL Streetdance Crew, Tuesdays 6-8pm at CATCH
- DAZL Ebor Gardens Streetdance Crew, Wednesday 5-6pm, Ebor Gardens Community Centre
- DAZL Inspire Comp Teams, Gipton, Fridays
- DAZL East Leeds Community Dance Groups
Inner South Community Program
- DAZL Diamonds and Boys Program, Monday at Tenants Hall (Middleton) and Thursday/ Saturdays at the South Leeds Youth Hub, (Belle Isle)
- DAZL Youth Dance Companies, Mondays at Tenants Hall, Middleton
- DAZL Xplode Cross Flatts Park, Beeston, Tuesday 4.30-5.30pm
- DAZL Inclusive Dance Group, Tuesday, 5-6.30pm, Middleton
- DAZL Xplode Cottingley, Wednesdays, 5-6pm
- DAZL Xplode Belle Isle, Saturdays at The Hub, 9.30-11am
- DAZL Inner South Leeds Community Dance Group
Outer South Community Program
- DAZL OUTER SOUTH Community Dance Groups
- DAZL Tingley Dance Group, Mondays, 4.30-5.30pm
- DAZL at Thorpe Community Centre, Tuesday, 4-5pm
- DAZL Rothwell Dance Crew, Rothwell Scout Hut, Wednesday, 4-5pm
- DAZL Morley Streetdance Crew at Newlands Church, Wednesday 5.30-6.30pm
West Leeds Community Program
- DAZL West Community Dance Groups
- DAZL Swinnow, Monday at Swinnow Community Centre 5-6.30pm
- DAZL Farnley Streetdance Crew at Hillsdie Hall, Mondays, 4-5.30pm
- DAZL Xplode Wortley at St Johns Church Hall, Wednesday, 4.45pm-6.45pm
- DAZL at Swallow Hill School, Wednesday, 5-6pm
- DAZL Bramley at Bramley Community Centre, Fridays, 4-6pm
Many of the session are supported by the local community committees Youth Activity Fund. #InnerSouth – Middleton Park Ward, Beeston & Holbeck, Hunslet & Riverside #OuterSouth – Morley, Tingley and Rothwell wards. #InnerEast – Gipton & Harehills Wards, Burmantoft Ward, Seacroft ward. #InnerWest -Bramley Ward #OuterWest -Farnley & Wortley ward.
You can follow us on social media for the latest projects and sessions in the various communities across the city.
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DAZL, ACE and Watch-It Holiday Hunger Partnership supported by Leeds Community Foundation
What we did!
We provided four activity camps one at Easter where we engaged 34 at the South Leeds Youth Hub in Belle Isle. We also deliver three summer camps across the City we tried to spread the provision across South, East and West Leeds to reach more children and to achieve the greatest impact. The first one in Gipton at Dame Fanny Waterman Centre where we engaged 20 children. The second camp was in Belle Isle at the South Leeds Youth Hub where we engaged 47 children and the final camp was in Swinnow at Swinnow Community Centre where we engaged with 40 children.
In total we engaged 141 children of which 121 were free school meal children which is what was aimed to achieve. This was in partnership with ACE who is part of of Health For All Leeds who delivered the multi sports alongside DAZL who was delivering the dance, crafts and healthy eating. We also had watch-it children weigh management service who attend one day each week and also refereed children onto the activity. As an additional we engaged 21 looked after children and 2 children with a disability within the four activity camps which is great and fits with the DAZL ethos or reducing barriers for these groups/ individuals.
We used dance, arts and sport to engage the young people addressing the need for exciting positive activities that children want to engage with. We also engaged 80% free school meal children and 20% look after children or children with a disability. 90% of the children also come from an area of deprivation therefore supporting those harder to reach families/ communities who have the greatest need. We provided activity from 8.30am-3pm Monday to Friday providing a cooked breakfast and dinner for the children along with snack. This really helps parents and gives them the assurance they will be fed, safe and have fun within the camp.
The young people have been able to access the DAZL community provision and also Active Clubs Experience Provision, those struggling to maintain a healthy weight also got information on Watch-It.
DAZL Created a film documenting the project with feedback from participants, partners and also staff showing the impact and the difference this camp.
Video feedback from young people
DAZL has the young people give video feedback and we have posted this via social media. We have obtained permission from parents to use all this in monitoring and evaluation.
Madison Emmonds, Age 12 video feedback
Aimee Mulvy, Age 13 video feedback
Brandan Shaw, Age 10 video feedback
Aiden Wood, Age 9 video feedback
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DAZL Healthy HeARTS Summer Program -Support by The Morrisons Foundation.
With the support of the Morrisons Foundation over the summer we provided a week long summer project. This program aimed to improved the children’s health and wellbeing part of the “The DAZL Healthy heARTS Project”. The Projected offered fun and accessible high quality dance and healthy eating opportunities. We engaged 40 children from Leeds 10 and surrounding areas, We also provided a healthy Breakfast and lunch courtesy of Morrisons Hunslet.
Targeting children and families in deprived areas, who lack access to activities or are at risk of sedentary lifestyles. We have a commitment to supporting local people enabling and encouraging ownership and entrepreneurship, we had 3 local parent volunteers help out and 4 youth dance leaders from the local community. We had a particular focus on looked After Children and those children who are struggling to maintain a healthy weight/ lifestyle.
We worked with the Wayne Sables Project to create a short film/ online resource addressing the themes of the project which is shared via our social media and our YouTube channel. Please checkout out the impact of the project in the films below.
DAZL Healthy HeARTS Project – Short Film
DAZL Healthy HeARTS Project – Change 4 Life Sugar Swap
The DAZL staffing team are all trained Bounce dance fitness instructors and this program has delivered part of the #HealthyHeARTS project supported by Morrisons Foundation. This is a fun dance fitness program and is accessible to all,
For more information visit https://www.bouncedancefit.com/
Thank you so much to the Morrison’s Foundation for their support. For more information on The Morrison’s Foundation visit https://www.morrisonsfoundation.com/about-us/
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DAZL support the LGBT Sport Fringe Festival
Dance Action Zone Leeds supports the LGBT Sport Fringe Festival which is focused on combating homophobia, transphobia, biphobia and sportphobia in the LGBT community. The festival aims to Improve mental and physical health of the LGBT community and their allies supported by Big Lottery, Leeds Community Committee Funding and Leeds Pride.
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Happy Pride 2018
We are super excited for this years Leeds LGBT Pride on Sunday 5th August. We will also be taking part in the pride parade again so look out for us people. In addition to this we will be hosting 4 dance events in the lead up to Leeds Pride part of the Leeds LGBT Sport Fringe Festival.
DAZL is proud to be involved in the Leeds LGBT Sport Fringe Festival again this year. The LGBT+ Sport Fringe Festival is a sports and physical activity festival which aims to provide inclusive activities, which improve health and wellbeing for the LGBT+ communities across the UK and their allies. The festival runs from Friday 20th July – Saturday 4th August 2018, checkout the events here https://www.lgbtsportfestival.co.uk/leeds-events
Our Dance Fitness team will be delivering the following events part of this year’s festival .
FAMILY STREETDANCE (DANCE FITNESS)
Saturday 21st July. 9.30am-12noon at the South Leeds Youth Hub, LS10 3JA
Wednesday 25th July at Ebor Gardens Community Centre, 4.30-6pm
Friday 27th July at Bramley Community Centre, 4-6pm
Then ADULT DANCE FITNESS (16yrs+) Monday 30th July at Tenants Hall Enterprise centre, LS10 4HX. 6-7pm
Wakey clothing for all events and we have food, refreshments at all family events.
The DAZL staff and team are proud LGBT Allies of the LGBT Community. Leeds Pride is a fantastic way to show our support to inclusivity, diversity and equality for all. The event is loved by families who always have a great time.
Painted Faces by Kick Off Boys Project
This is a mental health awareness film created by the Kick Off Boys Project partnership which consists of Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL), Northern School Of Contemporary Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds City College. The mental health stigma workshops were delivered by Space 2 Leeds and film created by Wayne Sables and project funded by Big Lottery – Awards For All. Painted faces uses dance as a tool to enable young men to talk about mental health!
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Welcome Chloe Young
Chloe joined the DAZL team in January 2018 for a two week placement where DAZL supported her teaching and work experience. Shortly after she was offered some teaching work and has been working with DAZL ever since! Chloe recently completed her Dance degree at Leeds Beckett University, receiving an upper second class honours. Chloe has had experience teaching workshops since college for a range of ages and is wanting to continue and pursue a career in Dance Teaching now she has completed her studies. Chloe has been dancing since she was 8 and has experience in contemporary dance, hip-hop, commercial and street dance.