Disability/ Inclusive Dance

Inclusive Dance at DAZL

Dance Action Zone Leeds are so excited to announce our NEW 2018 Inclusive Competitive Dance Team for young adults aged 14-25 years with a learning disability.

This program will starts Tuesday 6th February 2018 weekly from 5pm- 6.30pm, 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. Next 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.

We are committed to inclusion

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 difficulty but able bodied working with other young people who have no disability so please ask for information.

DAZL at East Leeds SILC – John Jamieson

Since 2011 we have delivered dance at the school. The young people’s response to cheerdance and streetdance has been outstanding, they have become more confident through performances and sharing’s to staff and parents including high profile events such as the Para-Olympic touch, Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. This has improved the learner’s health and well-being.

In 2017 we started work with Post 16 students using streetdance, the group perform at Northern Ballet Theatre part of Expressions 17. We currently deliver 3 sessions per week in school time and an after-school club.

 Excellent team, Sessions always lively & engaging. Fantastic rapport with kids and they love the cheerdance Rachel Potts – John Jamieson SILC

The DAZL VINE Cheerdance Project starting in January 2011 – 2016 delivering Cheerdance to young people between 14 and 24 years with severe learning difficulties/ disabilities and high support needs inderviduals.  The programme aims to increase confidence/ self-esteem and improve concentration/ communication levels through dance within all participants. We have had fantastic success stories with learners overcoming shyness, improved concentration and improved movement memory. Their interaction with learners from other venues has been outstanding


The group took part in many performance opportunities and was supported through the DAZL “Active 4 Life” programme funded by Leeds City Council Public Health. 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.


DAZL JJDAZL 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

To the right is a picture from the Olympic torch event and the students proudly wearing there DAZL tops.

How can I support the group?

We are always looking for help towards costs of our Inclusive community dance groups for performances, costumes, and transport.  For the young people we work with even £5 to cover the cost of a couple of classes really can make a huge difference to their lives.

If you can help then all donations are gratefully received and we would be very happy to include you on our supporter’s page and invite you as a guest to our performances by way of a thank you.  We are happy to consider other ways for people to contribute to the program.  We are registered at BigGive.org – you can click on the donate button below.
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  • 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!

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