DAZL has a commitment to providing an inclusive dance offer within schools and community dance groups across the city, DAZL is member of the Include Network (hosted Leeds City Councils Art-Forms) which draws together representatives from arts and cultural organisations across the city who have an interest in arts and disability. The network aims to share good practice and increase arts opportunities for children and young people with additional needs. please click here for more information.
Many DAZL session have young people who have learning difficulties but who are able bodied working with other young people who have no disability so please ask for information. In 2017 we will be launching our very first community Cheerdance Team part of the DAZL Diamonds which will be for young people with disabilities. They will be involved in many of the same events/ galas of the DAZL Diamonds and DAZL Inspire non disabled teams.
DAZL VINE & John Jamieson SILC Leeds (Dance & Disabilities Work)
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 with severe learning difficulties/ disabilities and high support needs. The project works with young people from both VINE and local SILCs (Special Inclusive Learning Centres). The programme aims to increase confidence/ self-esteem and improve concentration/ communication levels through dance within all participants. We have had some fantastic success stories with learners overcoming shyness, improved concentration and improved movement memory. Their interaction with learners from other venues has been outstanding
In May 2011 these achievements were celebrated at the Carriageworks Theatre as part of the VINE celebration event. DAZL is committed to continuing this work building on the partnerships with the Special inclusive learning centres across the city and VINE as part of the DAZL “Active 4 Life” programme funded by Leeds City Council Public Health. This programme continues to develop and group and the response from learners and parents has been wonderful
In June 2016 the DAZL – VINE Cheerdance group performed at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre part of the Expressions Platform 2016. The platform hosted some of the best Inclusive/ Disabled Dance Companies from across the country.
This platform showcased and highlighting the progression from SILCS, Grassroots Level Dance and Professional Dance. The group created work with Cheerdance Specialist Vicky Mawson with a vision of taking this work out into the community.
“DAZL has a great team, able to adapt the dance routines to suit the various students needs. All the students are fully engaging and look forward to working with them each week” Margaret Kent -VINE
The dance provision at John Jamieson SILC Leeds sees DAZL delivering lunchtime and afternoon session at the school since September 2011. The young people’s response to cheerdance has been outstanding, they have become more confident through performances and sharing’s to staff and parents improving the learner’s health and well-being. The young people have been involved in many high profiled event such as the Para-Olympic touch, Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations and many more
To the Left is a picture from the Olympic torch event and the students proudly wearing there DAZL tops.
Excellent team, Sessions always lively & engaging. Fantastic rapport with kids and they love the cheerdance Rachel Potts – John Jamieson SILC