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 - Big Lottery Funding

Awards 4 All Funding

Dance Action Zone Leeds is so excited to announce on #TimetoTalk day that we’ve been successful with a Big Lottery Fund grant to deliver a Citywide Lads #MentalHealthProject. Lots more from this stand of the #KickOffBoysProject to follow.

Involved in this partnership are the following organisations. Northern School Of Contemporary Dance – Learning & Participation Phoenix Dance Theatre Space2 Leeds Leeds City College Wayne Sables

Looking forward to making a real difference to young lads lives across Leeds and addressing issues around men’s mental health.

NEW - DAZL Inclusive Dance Team

Inclusive Dance Team for 14-25 yrs with a Learning Disability

Dance Action Zone Leeds – DAZL are so excited to announce our NEW Inclusive Competitive Dance Team for young adults aged 14-25 with learning disabilities. This program will start Tuesday 6th February 2018 weekly from 5pm- 6.30pm. We will be based at #Middleton Community Centre, (Middleton Elderly Aid) Middleton Park Avenue, LS10 3ST. Their is a £1 charge to each session as a contribution to costs for competition.

This program of work will be part of our championship winning squad the DAZL Diamonds and will be competing at the ICE Comp in Leeds 9th & 10th June 2018

We aim to breakdown barriers in the world of cheerdance/ hip-hop competitive dance sport. We aim for the participants to gain life, social and communication skills with added value of improving their overall health and wellbeing.

This session has been made possible by the amazing efforts of DAZL Parent Melissa Peacock fundraising by participating in the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.

DAZL Outer South Leeds Dance Program

Live in Outer South Leeds? Why not pop down to one of our fantastic dance groups. This term we are working towards a show at Morley Town Hall on 28th March 2018.

 DAZL Morley Street Dance Group

 DAZL Thorpe Dance Group

 DAZL Tingley Dance Group

 DAZL Rothwell Dance Group 

DAZL Outer South Community Classes Flyers (2018) These sessions are supported by Leeds City Council Outer South Community Committee. Looked after children or children with Max Card can access any community class FREE of charge and competitive groups/ holiday provision for £1/ £1 per day. All classes work towards a performance. 

Kick Off Boys Project - Leeds Lads Dance Partnership

Kick Off Boys Project

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.

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

DAZL Spooky Weekend Fundraiser

DAZL Spooky Weekend Fundraiser

     

DAZL dancers & families will be part of a fundraising weekend. Dancers will take part in a Halloween DanceAthon on Sat 28th Oct & some Parents will take park in Spooked-Out 5k race on the Sun 29th Oct 2017 at Woodhouse Moore. You can enter the race via this link https://racebest.com/races/4sczz

Need

To raise funds to support the various community programs where we had funding shortages and to ensure we reduce as many barriers to provision as possible.

Solution

DAZL is committed to not only working in areas of deprivation but also to reducing barriers to families where funds/ transports/ other costs or lack of representation that reflects them. DAZL is comment to supporting Looked after Children, Children with a disability and children from deprived Leeds. The funds raised will support these young people to attend sessions/ holiday provision at Low Cost/ No Cost, pay for equipment/ costumes/ t-shirts also to support wider opportunities.

Aim 1

Raise funds to support the DAZL City-wide Inclusive Community Provision

Activities

» Community sponsored Halloween DanceAthon on Saturday 28th October 2017, 9.30-12.30 at the South Leeds Youth hub
» Parents will take part in a Couch to 5k program with Leeds FrontRunners leading up to Spooked-Out 5k race on the Sun 29th Oct 2017 at Woodhouse Moore.

We have a fundraising target of £1000

Impact

From been involved in this project the young people will have better health and wellbeing. They will gain a passion for dance and transferable skills which they will assist them in the future. They will also have a greater social network of friends and have gained new creative/ cultural experiences. We will demonstrate this impact through both digital and more traditional case studies.

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.

Why Us?

With 17 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.

ONLINE DONATIONS HERE We have a fundraising target of £1000 – https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/projects/view/28949/dazl-spooky-fundraising-weekend-2017/

 

New DAZL Admin & Community Facilitator

Congratulations on becoming the NEW DAZL Admin & Community Facilitator

Chrisie has just been appointed as the DAZL Admin & Community Facilitator after working/ supporting the organisation for the past 9 years in a many different capacities capacity. Chrisie has developed through the program and has played a major part in development of DAZL International Championship winning cheerdance and hip-hop academies

Chrisie’s NEW role will support the deliver of dance and health outputs of DAZL Public Health Contract and other DAZL projects, to disadvantaged communities in targeted areas of Leeds. Chrisie will also provide general administration supporting the DAZL city wide community provision. A proportion of this role will be to support the development of the DAZL assistant dance leaders/peer support workers in partnership with the DAZL Dance Facilitator Amy Smith and Director Ian Rodley.

Chrisie started her involvement due to her daughter’s been involved in DAZL in 2008. She then volunteered on the DAZL Diamonds supporting the sessions, from This she gained her DAZL Youth Dance Leadership Level 2 qualification and other community development and young people related qualifications with the support of DAZL. She now assists in supporting school club and community sessions across the city and is a performer in the DAZL Mums competitive dance team. In addition to this she she worked with the DAZL admin team for the past year, Chrisie embodies the DAZL model, supporting local people to gain qualifications and skills to work in the sector.

Monday is her first day and we cant wait to see her development and that of the DAZL young people/ artists she will support and works with #FutureDAZL

NEW DAZL Dance Facilitator appointed

Congratulations on becoming the NEW DAZL Dance Facilitator Amy Dazl

Amy has just been appointed as the DAZL Dance Facilitator after working for the organisation for the past 10 years in a freelance capacity. Amy has developed many youth dance programs and has played a major part in developing the DAZL International Championship winning cheerdance and hip-hop academies (DAZL Diamonds, DAZL Boys and DAZL Inspire). She will be responsible for the development of the DAZL Comp Teams with her team of artists. Amy will be working closely with the DAZL Youth Dance Leaders and Young Dance Leaders supporting their professional development and progression. Amy embodies the DAZL Model and we are so proud to have her on the team.

Amy started dancing at 3 doing ballet, she joined DAZL when she was at high school and was assisted by DAZL in gaining her B-tec First and Level 3 National Diploma in Performing Arts from Thomas Danby Collage. Amy then went on to gain her Level 3 Dance Leaders Qualification with DAZL. She has taught and performed with the DAZL Diamonds since the squad began in 2005, her experience in cheerdance and winning major championships is amazing. Amy has delivered work in schools and community sessions and is passionate about competitive cheerdance, Amy is also NCSSE Qualified to Master Level.

Today was her first day and we cant wait to see her development and that of the DAZL young people/ artists she works with #FutureDAZL

DAZL West Leeds Sharing!

DAZL West Leeds Sharing!

 

Connecting with communities is at the heart of everything we as an organisation do, so performing and engaging with communities through celebrating the young peoples achievements is an essential part of the DAZL Model.

 

Last night Dance Action Zone Leeds hosted its first informal dance sharing in West Leeds at St John Church Hall, Wortley. 65 young people from across West Leeds came and performed to an audience of 150+ parents and families. The young people/ families were from Bramley, Swinnow, Farnley and Wortley, they have been taking part in DAZL activities since April this year. The programs in West Leeds have been supported by the local ward councilors and Inner West/ Outer West Community Committees.

 

This first event was an opportunity to bring the communities and young people together, they will be performing at Local galas throughout that summer as well as working towards a city centre Christmas Show.

 

Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL) would like to thank all parents/ young people/  supporters/ volunteers and also The wonderful DAZL Staff and Young Dance Leader who do such a fantastic job. This is a great start to DAZL working with the communities across West Leeds and the local ward councilors. Thank you.

If you want more information or to view the pictures and videos from West Leeds Sharing, you can follow us on the social media below

Dance Action Zone Leeds Facebook     @DAZL_Leeds Twitter  

Instagram – danceactionzoneleeds

DAZL at Lark In The Park 2017

DAZL at Lark In The Park 2017

On Saturday 22nd July the DAZL groups from Seacroft, Burmantofts and Gipton Communities of Leeds come together for the Lark In The Park annual Festival. The groups have been supported by Inner East Community Committee local ward councilors.

The event was a real success with organisation and projects from across East Leeds taking part, the 40 DAZL young people performed dances and entertained the crowds of hundreds of people.

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us.

Melissa's Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge for DAZL

Melissa’s Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge for DAZL

DAZL Mum’s Team member and DAZL parent Melissa Peacock will be doing the 24 Mile hike of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.

This is an ultimate challenge & the money raised from this will support Dance Action Zone Leeds Community Disability Cheerdance/ Streetdance Dance Program.

Need

There is a lack of opportunities for young people from areas of deprivation with disabilities to access affordable inclusive community street and cheerdance provision across Leeds.

Solution

We will aim tackle this by providing a FREE, Low cost/ no cost, fun, inclusive year long dance program, with wider opportunities attached. We will set up a DAZL streetdance & cheerdance crew for young people 3-25yrs with disabilities across Leeds. This program will be part of the DAZL international championship winning cheerdance/ streetdance crews from DAZL Diamonds and DAZL Inspire.

Aim 

To provide young people with disabilities from Leeds, new and exciting dance opportunities.

Activities

To set up a community street/ cheerdance program for young people with disabilities, also provide wider cultural opportunities.
We will aim to engage 20 young people weekly and follow their progress through social media. We will also obtain feedback from the young people and their families.

Impact

From been involved in this project the young people will have better health and wellbeing. They will gain a passion for dance and transferable skills which they will assist them in the future. They will also have a greater social network of friends and have gained new creative/ cultural experiences. We will demonstrate this impact through both digital and more traditional case studies.

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.

Location

The project will be located in areas of deprivation across the LS10 & LS8 postcodes communities of Leeds. Belle Isle/ Middleton, Burmantofts areas of Leeds which are situated in Inner East Leeds and Inner South Leeds.

Beneficiaries

20 young people with disabilities will benefit from this project weekly but we will deliver FREE taster workshops in four SILC’s to drum up interest working with around 150 young people.

You can support Mellissa and DAZL by donating to our BigGive page by clicking on this link. https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/projects/view/28828/melissas-yorkshire-3-peaks-challenge/ 

You can also text our JustTextGiving page by Texting DAZL17 £5 (the amount can be anything from £1 -£10) Text to 70070

For more information email – info@dazl.org.uk or call the DAZL office – 0113 2706903

Remember if you want more information or to view the pictures and videos from Melissa’s progress, you can follow us on the social media below

Dance Action Zone Leeds Facebook     @DAZL_Leeds Twitter  

Instagram – danceactionzoneleeds

 

  • 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!