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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.
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.
Please see the video below
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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.
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 protected]