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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.

The Impact of the DAZL Community Dance Programme on Physical Activity and Psycho-Social Health in Young People

DAZL is working with Leeds Beckett to support a fully funded PhD project and this can be found here: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/carnegie-school-of-sport/carnegie-school-of-sport-phd-studentships/

The Closing date: 20th May 2018

#14 The Impact of the DAZL Community Dance Programme on Physical Activity and Psycho-Social Health in Young People

Prevalence of psychological health concerns amongst young people is rising, particularly in girls (i.e. low body image, self-worth and psychosomatic symptoms). The long-term consequences include social dysfunction, poor academic performance and even suicide. Dance has emerged as a viable tool to promote physical activity across hard-to-engage populations. Consequently, empirical evidence is required to examine the impact of dance for physical activity and health promotion in young people. This PhD aims to evaluate: 1) a pre-established, community dance programme for young girls from low SES communities; 2) and whether dance can build health resilience and improvements in girls’ psycho-social health.​

If you or anyone that you know requires any information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with DAZL info@dazl.org.uk

DAZL Runs Marathon & Yorkshire 3 Peaks for Inclusive Group

DAZL raise funds for Inclusive Dance Group

DAZL team will be running the Liverpool Marathon & Walking the Yorkshire 3 Peaks to provide FREE provision and pay for our Inclusive Hip-Hop Team for young people with a disability to have dance experiences. The funds will provide the group with costumes, pay the hall hire & support weekly classes

Need

Their is a lack of activity for young people with a disability to take part in competitive dance, especially in urban dance styles in Leeds.

Solution

We will provide weekly activities for young people with a disability and ensure they get the experience of a dance competition. The same opportunities will be available to these young people just as they are for the young people who do not have a disability. The program will reduce inequalities, breakdown barriers and provide opportunities and aspirations for those young dancers with a disability.

Aim

Provide urban dance for young people with a disability from areas of deprivation across Leeds

Activities

» Provide weekly urban dance sessions with opportunities to perform locally and regionally including dance competitions.

 

Reporting

We will report via social media also blogs via DAZL website and our partners ensuring we gain as much coverage as possible. We will also inform people/ supporters/ donors via our Mailchimp email system and publish the success in our annual review.

Budget – Project Cost: £2,490

  Amount Heading Description
  £320 Competition Entry Frees 2 x competition entry for 10 dancers
  £250 costumes 10 hip-hop costumes at £25 per person
  £400 Hall Hire Hall Hire 40wk x 2hrs (£10 per session)
  £320 Transport Transport to competitions (£160 x 2 journeys)
  £800 Weekly Sessions deliver of weekly session £20 x 40wk
  £400 Staffing Comp Staffing competition x 2 (£100 per day x 2 staff x 2 competitions)

Why Us?

With 18 years experience of improving the mental and physical health of children and young people aged 3 – 19 years, particularly girls, through dance as physical activity in disadvantaged communities of Leeds. We also reduce health inequalities, improving the health and wellbeing of children, young adults with disabilities up to 25 years, families and the wider community throughout Yorkshire through asset-based community dance and wider dance opportunities. This is why we are best placed.

Donate to project via link below

https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/projects/view/29286/dazl-runs-marathon-and-3-peaks-for-inclusive-group/

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DAZL receive #HealthyHolidays grant from Leeds Community Foundation

 

Healthy Holidays – Holiday Hunger Fund

DAZL is excited to announce we have received funding from the Leeds Community Foundation 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 http://fareshare.org.uk/ , 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 Company perform #Faith Choreography by Rees Dance

DAZL Youth Company premier #Faith

The #YorkshireConnection project funded by Arts Council England’s Grants For The Arts have enable the DAZL Youth Dance Company to work with Rees Dance Company. They had the wonderful opportunity to perform this work at the Phoenix Dance Theatre Youth Platform on Friday 16th March (Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre) and at the Norther School Of Contemporary Dance Community Platform on Saturday 17th March (Riley Theatre).

 

Thank you to both NSCD and Phoenix Dance Theatre for two wonderful experiences for the dancers, everyone had such a great time performing, meeting other groups from across Yorkshire.

Here is some of the comments/ feedback…

Its wonderful to see young dancers performing challenging choreography and rising the the challenge.

Excellent… Beautifully performed by stunning young dancers… Great to see it being performed at The Riley Theatre NSCD…!

You can watch the Saturday performance from NSCD Community Platform below.

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The Morrison's Foundation support DAZL

The Morrison’s Foundation support DAZL Health heARTS Project.

 

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.

The Program.

We will deliver two dance and health eating project. They will both be a 12 week projects and in addition to this a one 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.

Digital resource and legacy of project.

We will be working with the Wayne Sables Project to create a short film/ online resource addressing the themes of the project. This resource will be made avilable for groups to view and get inspiration to support their own health and wellbeing project.

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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Faith - DAZL Senior choreography by Rees Dance

DAZL Youth Dance Company – Faith

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

Performance Dates

  • Friday 17th March 2018 – Phoenix Dance Theatre
  • Saturday 18th March 2018 – NSCD Community Platform
  • Wednesday 28th March 2018 – Morley Town Hall
  • Sunday 20th May 2018 – Bridlington Spa Theatre
  • 21st July 2018 – Kalasangam Showcase, Bradford

 

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Co-Op Local Community Fund Backs DAZL

Co-Op Local Community Fund Backs 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 https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/13760/ As a member, every time you shop at Co-op Beeston in Leeds, 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.

How do we keep track of funds?

During the funding period, which runs up to 27 October 2018, you will be able to keep track of the amount of money raised by Co-op members at any time. Please ffel free to help DAZL promot this via our cause’s unique linkhere: https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/13760/

The fund will raise funds from November 2017 -October 2018 for DAZL

For more information on how you can get involved please email info@dazl.org.uk or call/ text 07519018675

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#YorkshireConnection Project supported by Arts Council England

Yorkshire Connection Project

Below are video from the partners involved in the Arts Council England supported project. The project includes two new pieces of choreography by Rees Dance Company, they have also provided CPD for the DAZL team and mentoring for Stephanie Dobson DAZL Community Dance Artist) Below is a quick sound bite from Steph on her experiences through the project. Part of the project includes a dance film and digital element lead by Wayne Sables.

Yorkshire Connection Show at Morley Town Hall on Wednesday 28th March 2018. The show starts at 6.15pm and involved 200 dancers including guest performances from our friends at RJC Dance and the Kick Off Boys Dance Project which is a partnership between DAZL, NSCD, Leeds City Collage and Phoenix Dance.

Tickets on Sale Now £3 Adult and £2 concessions. 

Intro by DAZL Director

Rees Dance

Wayne Sables

DAZL Community Dance Artist Stephanie Dobson, Views on project and thank you to Arts Council England

 

TIED - DAZL Get Moving Project supported by Sport England

Dance Fitness for Women & Teenage Girls

This project is supported by Sport England and 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.

Sessions – 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.

Why dance? 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.

Childcare a issue? Don’t worry we also have dance/ change 4 life sessions for young people 3 years and above. So we can keep the children occupied with healthy activities whilst you get active and take time for you!

DAZL is so please to be 1 of the 26 organisations who has been supported by this fund, please read press release on the initiative https://www.sportengland.org/news-and-features/news/2018/february/15/helping-people-on-low-incomes-get-active/

For more information on how you can get involved please email info@dazl.org.uk or call/ text 07519018675

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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 -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!

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