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.
Kick Off Boys Dance Project
Kick Off Boys Project is a partnership project with Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL), Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Leeds City College.
Our focus is to bring together boys from across Leeds through dance to explore issues which relate to them. We aim to provide artistic opportunities and progression routes for boys in dance!
Film filmed by Wayne Sables and Project supported by Awards for All (BIG lottery) the Anti-stigma workshop were delivered by Space 2 Leeds
You can sign up for next term via our partners at Northern School Of Contemporary Dance here http://www.nscd.ac.uk/take-part/workshops/kick-off/
Please checkout two taster videos from the Kick Off Boys Project which is a partnership between DAZL, NSCD, Leeds City Collage and Phoenix Dance.
Over the last half term we asked the lads if the following questions
Has the project made you think about dance in the future?
What would you tell other boys about the project?
Part of this terms kick off boys project we look at mental health in young men. We have worked with Space 2 Leeds and Wayne Sables Project on some mental health anti-stigma work. From these workshops which have been supported by space 2 and big lottery we have created a new piece of work “Painted Face”
We asked the lads – What have you learnt about mental health?
The documentary/ short film will be released the first week in July 2018 so stay tuned.
DAZL Annual Review 2017-18
Please click on the link here and download a copy of the DAZL Annual Review 2017-18 DAZL Annual Review 1718
This year DAZL improved the health & wellbeing of 4892 participants through dance and connecting with communities in 20 of the 33 Leeds City Council Wards including every major deprived ward in the city.
This year DAZL engaged 3847 Girls and 1045 Boys participated in dance activities of which 3142 were inactive highlighting the importance of dance.
DAZL worked in partnership with 41 organisations and projects which supported the work and Co-lead on the “KICK Off Boys Partnership Project” bringing funds from awards 4 all and other organisations such as Wayne Sables, Space 2 along with the other partners NSCD, Leeds City Collage and Phoenix Dance.
DAZL has worked with Rees Dance Company & Wayne Sables on a major dance project and will be seeking to develop this over the next year.
Thank you to everyone who helped this year be a success.
The DAZL Yorkshire Connection project funded by Arts Council is highlighted in Leeds City Magazine. This is accompanied with an interview by DAZL Director Ian Rodley. Click the Link here www.leedscitymagazine.co.uk/dance-action-zone-leeds/
Grants For The Arts Supported Project.
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.
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 email@example.com
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
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.
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.
Provide urban dance for young people with a disability from areas of deprivation across Leeds
» Provide weekly urban dance sessions with opportunities to perform locally and regionally including dance competitions.
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
|£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)|
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.
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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 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.
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.
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/
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
- 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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