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 take home the gold at Dance Championships!

DAZL at ICE Spring Thaw Out 2017

On Sunday 14th May 2017 Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL) took 120 dancers from Inner South, Inner East and Outer South Areas of Leeds and over 200 parents to the ICE Championships in Sheffield. The competition featured division in Cheerdance, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Contemporary with groups from across the north of England and the Midlands.

We were so impressed with all the talent and the standard of the young dancers, DAZL took home 7 1st Place Trophies, the title of Hip-Hop Grand Champions, Cheerdance Grand Champions, The Sportsmanship Award and Also a special award for DAZL Director Ian Rodley. We couldn’t be more proud of all the families, Coach’s and dancers who have worked so hard in rehearsals, community fundraising events and showcases. 


Here is a list of the DAZL results from Cheerdance & Hip-Hop Teams in age order.

  • (3-6yrs) Tiny hiphop 2nd(3-6 Yrs) Tiny pom 3rd
  • (6-8yrs) Mini hiphop 3rd
    (6-8 yrs) Mini pom 3rd
  • (8-11yrs) Youth boys HipHop 1st
    (8-11yrs) Youth Boys Pom 2nd
  • (8-11yrs) Youth Inspire Pom 4th
    (8-11yrs) Youth Inspire HipHop 5th
  • (8-11yrs) Youth Girls Pom 1st
    (8-11yrs) Youth Girls HipHop 2nd
  • (11-14yrs) Junior Pom 3rd
    (11-14yrs) Junior HipHop 1st
  • (11-14yrs) Junior Inspire Pom 5th
    (11-14yrs) Junior HipHop Inspire 4th
  • (14-19yrs) Seniors Pom 1st & Grand Champions
    (14 -19yrs0 Senior HipHop 1st & Grand Champions and highest scoring routine of who competition.
  • (21yrs+) DAZL Mums Pom 2nd
    (21yrs+) DAZL Mums HipHop 1st


Hip-Hop Solo Awards.

  • Youth solo HipHop – Lenny 2nd 
  • Youth solo HipHop – Finley 1st
  • Junior solo Hiphop Amy 2nd



Special Awards

  • Grand Champions Cheerdance – Highest Scoring Cheerdance routine of championships, DAZL Seniors
  • Grand Champions Hiphop – Highest Scoring Hip-Hop routine of championships, DAZL Seniors
  • Sportsmanship Award 2017 – Special award for supporting other teams, encourging other and showcasing good sportsmanship.
  • DAZL Director Ian Rodley Special Award and Mention from the ICE Championships. Inspiring, Supporting and Encouraging hundreds of individuals, dancers and coaches.


Again we are so proud of each and everyone of all the dancers, parents and coaches. We couldn’t have achieved any of this without them and feedback from the other organisations, dance schools has been wonderful. Special thank you to choreographers Natasha Smith, Vicky Mawson, Amy Smith, Tammy Barker, Mason Jubb, Ian Rodley, Chrisie Emmonds. DAZL Dance Leaders Raegan McDonald, Fallon Cooper, Kaci Emmonds, Liam Mathews, Abbie taylor for all your wonderful work #DreamTeam.
For more information on Incerdibly Cool Events competitions please visit http://www.incrediblycoolevents.co.uk/


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

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Leeds LGBT+ Sports Fringe Festival 2017

Leeds LGBT Sports Fringe Festival Supports DAZL.

The Leeds FIRST and only LGBT Sport Fringe Festival will happen this year in the lead up to Leeds Pride 2017.

A week-long festival with 18 different inclusive activities to choose from between 28th July and 6th August! Enjoy indoor and outdoor fitness/ Sports activities and classes. There will be a small entry fees to each activity which will support DAZL and its Community/ LGBT Youth Dance work.


http://www.freedomquarter.com/lgbtblog/leeds-lgbt-sport-fringe-festival Checkout the full listings on the Leeds Freedom Quarter website.

The DAZL Workshops are as follows

Session 1 – Streetdance for families Wednesday ​2nd August, ​5.15-6.15pm ​at Ebor Gardens Community Centre, Burmantofts, Hazlewood Drive, LS9 7PS (Just before St James Hospital and just after Northern Ballet if coming from City Centre)

This is a Streetdance for family’s session part of the Leeds LGBT Sports Fringe Festival – Lead by Natasha & Amy​- Championship Winning DAZL Comp Teams Coach’s. (Session suitable for all ages 7yrs and above)

 You can book via Eventbrite link below



Session 2 – Streetdance for families Saturday​  29th July, 10.30-11.30am at the South Leeds Youth, Middleton Road, Belle Isle, LS10 3JA. (12, 13, 13A from Corn-exchange Leeds City Centre) ​This is a Streetdance for family’s session part of the Leeds LGBT Sports Fringe Festival – Lead by Stephanie Faye Dobson & Amy Smith – Championship Winning DAZL Comp Teams Coach’s.​ (Session suitable for all ages)​

You can book via Eventbrite link via this link –https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/streetdance-with-dazl-led-by-stephanie-and-amy-session-1-tickets-34655833531?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esfb&utm-source=fb&utm-term=listing

DAZL Annual Review 2016-17

What a wonderful 2016-17 getting inactive children, active!

In 2016/17 DAZL set out to improve health & wellbeing through high quality dance and connecting with communities across Leeds. With an Income of £138,626.50 with this we was able to do the following

  • Engage 4402 young people from Leeds most deprived communities
  • Engage 2903 inactive young people doing less than 2 hour of structured physical activity per week.
  • Deliver 1990 dance sessions across Leeds
  • Engage 838 Boys across Leeds of which 700 took part in a performance. We engaged 3585 girls from Leeds most deprived communities of which 2310 took part in a performance. 56% of these girls were classed as inactive.
  • The young people took part in 99 events hosted by DAZL and other partners across Leeds, attracted a Live audience of 38377
  • In 2016-17 DAZL engaged 1718 young people in school through engaging with the school sport premium funding and 1253 were classed as inactive. We also engaged 2684 young people in our community provision which was supported by the various Local councillors and community committees. 1650 of these young people were classed as inactive.

Click here to view or download the 6 page DAZL Annual Review 1617

DAZL supports Looked After Children

DAZL provides FREE provision for looked after children

DAZL is proud and excited to announce we received funding from The Leeds Community Foundation -Looked after children’s fund to enable these young people to access dance provision across Leeds free of charge. We are also enabling a selected few Looked After Children to gain there Level 1 Dance Leaders Qualification and gain experiance in leadership part of the DAZL Young Dance Leaders Program.

The funding will provide looked after children/ young carers with FREE dance opportunities through the weekly DAZL Citywide Community dance program. http://www.dazl.org.uk/dance-classes-groups-leeds/ just click on this link, find a class near you and use code #LCD

DAZL continues partnership with MaxCard

So what is the Max Card? The Max Card is a discount card for foster families and families of children with additional needs. Families simply show their Max Card upon entry to a venue in order to obtain free or discounted admission. The scheme is designed to help these families save money on great days out at castles, zoos, bowling alleys and more. MaxCard aim to provide a sense of community through stimulating learning experiences and enjoyable days out for everyone. MaxCard work with local authorities and selected charities, who administer the cards to eligible families in their areas. http://www.mymaxcard.co.uk/ Our message to MaxCard users is to 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 you’ve never danced before. Express yourself, you’ll have a great time make new friends, not to mention keeping fit whilst filling you with confidence, improving your health and well-being! ​If 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.

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.


  • 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!