Meet The DAZL Team
Meet the Team
Ian is the embodiment of the DAZL Model, After he’s vocational Performing Arts training he went on to do a BA Youth & Community Degree at Leeds Metropolitan University. Ian has worked freelance dance artist for many organisation and worked commercially in the dance industry. As the DAZL Director he has overall responsibility for all of DAZL’s activities and strategic planning. His role is to ensure that DAZL strives to reach its organisational goals, In addition to this he’s the Founder and now advisory of the International Championship winning Cheerdance Academy DAZL Comp Teams (Diamonds, Inspire & DAZL Boys). Ian is NCSSE Master Level Cheerdance/ Cheerleading Coach and ICC World Cheerdance Level 2 Judge, Ian is also responsible for developing the DAZL Boys Cheerdance/ Hip-Hop Strand which is the only strand of work in Europe which engages boys of all ages into cheerdance which as given the organisation world-wide success. Ian works nationally using the DAZL model and research in dance and health to ignite conversations which bring the dance and health sectors together.
DAZL FINANCE AND ADMIN MANAGER
Amanda has a wide range of experience having worked running finance, administration, HR and delivery aspects of businesses. Having worked in small and large companies in both the public and private sector, it gives her a unique overview to assist us when communicating with our many funders . Amanda has responsibility for DAZL’s finance function, ensuring annual accounts and budgets are properly maintained. Amanda also runs the administration function including Charities Commission and Companies House returns are properly filed. Amanda works closely with the DAZL Artistic Director supporting and nurturing the Youth Dance Leaders and the Freelance Artists in their development as community dance artists/ practitioners.
DAZL Admin & Community Facilitator
Chrisie started her involvement due to her daughter’s been involved in DAZL in 2008. She then volunteered on the DAZL Diamonds supporting the sessions, from This she gained her DAZL Youth Dance Leadership training and other community development and young people related qualifications with the support of DAZL. She now assists in supporting school club and community sessions across the city and is a performer in the DAZL Mums competitive dance team. In addition to this she she become the DAZL part-time administrator and supports the competitive dance teams in September 2017 and now also helps with the support of the Youth Dance Leaders, for information emailChrisie
(DAZL COMP TEAMS 12-19YRS LEAD &
COMMUNITY DANCE ARTIST)
Steph has been involved in DAZL from a young age, she has gained her Dance Leaders qualification with DAZL. She did her B-tec in performing arts at Leeds City Collage along with her Foundation Degree in Dance. Over the past few years she has choreographed the international championship winning hip-hop strand of DAZL with tremendous success. She currently works on the community provision of the DAZL Boys and DAZL Diamonds. Steph has work in commercial dance for the past 5 years appearing on TV Shows, Pop Video and Choreographed for corporate events/ flash-mobs. Steph is Lead Hip-Hop specialist on the DAZL Competition Teams and available to teach outside of DAZL please email her on the button below.
DAZL Dance Facilitator
Amy started dancing at 3 doing ballet, she joined DAZL when she was at high school and was assisted by DAZL in gaining her Btec First and Level 3 National Diploma in Performing Arts from Thomas Danby Collage. Amy then went on to gain her Level 3 Dance Leaders Qualification with DAZL. She has taught and performed with the DAZL Diamonds since the squad began in 2005, her experience in cheerdance and winning major championships is amazing. Amy has delivered work in schools and community sessions and is passionate about competitive cheerdance, Amy is also NCSSE Qualified to Master Level. In September 2017 Amy become the DAZL Dance Facilitator and who be responsabile for the development of the DAZL Comp Teams with her team of artists. Amy will be working closly with the DAZL Youth and Young Dance Laeders supporting their professional development and progression. Amy embodies the DAZL Model and we are so proud to have her on the team. please email her on the button below.
(DAZL COMP TEAMS 11-19YRS CHEERDANCE
& DAZL YOUTH DANCE COMPANY LEAD)
Dancing for Natasha started from the age of 3 attended local dance school J.S.D.A, based in Wolverhampton training in ballet, tap, modern, jazz and street where she became IDTA trained teacher for freestyle. At 15 she was introduced to contemporary dance joining the former youth company of ACE Dance and Music based in Birmingham. ACE Youth allowed her to further her passion for contemporary and African dance. Whilst being with ACE Youth she toured nationally and internationally, She was teaching/rehearsal assistant for ACE youth dance. Natasha was one of the 12 chosen from the uk, Scotland & Ireland to be in the u.dance ensemble with Hofesh Shechter, performing his work Tank. Natasha has just recently graduated with a First Class Honors from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance 2016 and hugely excited to start her career as a professional dancer/ dance artist. Natasha is passionate about fitness, health and well-being, which has taken her on a journey to combine the two careers and also becoming a personal trainer. She is passionate about helping and inspiring young people, working with DAZL is a way of putting all these skills into practice so the young people can achieve. Natasha is Lead Choreographer for the DAZL Youth Company available for work outside of DAZL please email the address below.Email Natasha
(DAZL DANCE ARTIST)
Penny has over 20 years experience of delivering high quality dance to children and young people. Penny has been involved in DAZL for over 10 years as an artist, inspiring and educating young people from across Leeds most deprived areas. Penny currently delivers two programs for Middleton St Mary’s and Corpus Christi Primary part of DAZL’s Active 4 Life Program. Penny is available to teach outside of DAZL please email him on the button below.
COMMUNITY DANCE ARTIST
(Community Dance Practitioner)
Katie has been involved in dancing since the age of 3 with Marilyn Yeardley’s school of Theatre Dance, including tap, ballet and disco. Later on, she started street dance classes which became her forte. Katie then continued her passion and went on to complete a Foundation degree and BA honours in Theatre studies (Leeds City College) and Performing Arts (Leeds Metropolitan University). She now uses her experience and knowledge to promote fitness, fun, health and confidence in young people and adults. Katie now teaches in school’s, community centres and after school clubs. Main areas of work are based in Leeds, Bradford and Pudsey for DAZL and other companies – with a focus on street dance, hip-hop, pop and cheer dance. Katie also runs her own weekly street dance classes for adults held at Yorkshire Dance in Leeds Thursday evenings. Katie is available to teach outside of DAZL please email her on the button belowEmail Katie
(Senior DANCE LEADER)
Toni started with DAZL in 2014 as a volunteer since then she has become a Youth Dance Assistant and Dance Practitioner. She started dancing through gymnastics at a young age and taking part in classes at Yorkshire Dance Centre, she studied dance for her A-levels at sixth form and went to Leeds City College where she gained her A-level in Musical Theatre. Toni’s younger dance experiences were through many dance competitions across Yorkshire, her specialised style of dance is contemporary and musical theatre which she uses when delivering classes in DAZL after-school dance clubs. Toni is still heavily involved in performing taking part in many musicals at the Wakefield Theatre Royal and in DAZL, She is now in her Final year of her Dance Degree at Wakefield College, she is supported a nurtured by DAZL Dance Facilitator Amy Smith to develop her practice where she has a particular interest in dance for early years and young dancers (3-11yrs).
(Community Dance Practitioner)
Mason Jubb joins DAZL – in his own words…..I first took an interest in dance when an opportunity came my way whilst at school to participate in an audition based workshop with the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Yorkshire Young Dancers (YYD) Scheme. Despite my lack of knowledge and technical ability due to my inexperience as a dancer I successfully gained a place on the YYD Scheme. I then went on to gain a place on the foundation course and I have just graduated with a First Class degree at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, I have just completed my MA with NSCD post grad company VERVE & Now just gained a position in Black Box Dance Theatre. Through family and friends DAZL is something I have always been well aware of, it is a programme I have admired particularly in terms of the work it has done and continues to do in my local community. I am determined to use my skills and knowledge to better the DAZL students and deliver a self-taught message that, no matter where you’re from or what your background, if you want it and are prepared to maintain effort and performance, you can achieve……Thanks Mason. Mason is available outside of DAZL to teach and in 2017 join Black Box Dance Theatre were he is touring as a dancer with the company, please email him on the button below.
Stephen Johnson, has over 20 years experience in teaching dance to young people. He’s also an experienced Youth Worker, and Arts Practitioner. He teaches many dance styles including Breakdance, Street dance and Hip-Hop dance. Throughout his career he has toured professionally, worked with many schools, colleges/universities and community groups.
Stephen trained at the Northern School Of Contemporary Dance, He has a passion for the stage and had been involved in many dance and Theatre/Drama productions as a performer and choreographer during this time. Stephen will be working with DAZL on after-school club and was also a teacher for DAZL when it began in 2000. Stephen is available to teach outside of DAZL please email him on the button below.
We look forward to hearing from you!