Previous Dance & Health Projects
The DAZL #ASHtag Project
The DAZL #ASHtag Project is a Dance & Health Project which tackles issues around smoking in young people funded by Leeds City Council Public Health Department and Gemma Mann -Health Improvement Specialist. The Leeds city wide anti-smoking project targeted young people age 11 -19 years from Inner City areas (The top 10% most deprived areas of the city). All the sessions were community based we used existing DAZL Sessions and local schools/groups to recruit the young people for the project/individual #ASHtag groups. The weekly sessions consisted of 30 minutes health related workshops/discussions and a 1 hour dance session initially. The sessions explored the effects of smoking in young people and what would prevent them from smoking in the future. The dance sessions used contemporary/street dance styles to explore themes around smoking from a young person’s perspective, all the sessions fed into the young people’s choreography and ideas for the dance works Aim of Project Improve health & well-being in young people through dance Educate young people around the effects of smoking and to enable then to make informed choices about smoking. Project Outcomes The three #ASHtag dance and health projects have worked on and created a dance and health show. Dance and Health video project they have come together through performances to share this work. We have created two films with Wayne Sables Project - Dance For Film Company 60+ young people have been involved in weekly dance sessions improving physical and mental health. We have delivered 95 hours of activity for young people 60+ young people involved in 5 weekly health related sessions around effect of smoking and young people’s discussion session on smoking – workshops including ; X 21 performance events which include conferences, showcases, galas and guest performances reaching over 12,466 people across the city. Video completed on process from young person’s perspective and also YouTube clips of performances and promotion through social media and DAZL website. Targeted press on the work and local magazine to make people aware of the project. Performances for CBBC Roadshow Live and Health without Wealth Conference. Take a look here at this link to one of the amazing dance films created https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBOwRa0LBRs
YOS Urban Dance Project (NEET Work)
Following on from the HMYOI project there was a growing demand by young people to access a programme on resettlement. NHS Leeds, DAZL and the Leeds Youth Offending Service co-delivered this joint programme for At Risk Young People aged 14 – 18 years. Aimed at young offenders and those at risk of offending or on DTO or ISSP. It was a city wide project but accessible by young people from surrounding West Yorkshire region. The young people participated in regular weekly urban dance sessions e.g. break-dance, Hip Hop, Krumping and street dance with internationally renowned artist. The issues explored were about embedding a healthy lifestyle and emotional well-being within the programme.
DAZL Cheer Fit Classes
DAZL Youth Dance Company - LGBT #PRIDE
DAZL Junior Youth Dance Company - Young People Mental Health #Implode
DAZL Youth Dance Leaders Level 2 Course 2013
We believe strongly in investing and supporting our young people and one of the ways we do this is through our various Youth Dance Leader Courses. We have run courses ranging from Dance & Sport Leaders Qualification level 1 & 2 and Arts Award Bronze and Silver for young people aged 13 -16 years. The courses are normally attached to a specific targeted project such as non-school attendees or groups within school who wish to gain an extra qualification. The award is designed for young emerging artists with an interest in community dance and choreography and they will gain the necessary skills/ techniques to operate as a freelance artists.
So far over the past 12 years, DAZL has trained over 50 new artists. The Level 2 Dance Leaders course was run in 2013 and funded by the Inner South Area Committee. DAZL is also looking to secure funding for a city wide course for the future , We welcome anyone with a passion for community dance and health, some previous dance experience is require for this course and a commitment to working with young people.
Looked After Children Projects
We delivered projects in four homes for Looked after Children including Eastmoor Secure Unit. The participants could access dance in their own environment and were signposted to other DAZL activities locally or to one of DAZL partner organisations who could meet that young person’s needs. In the past we also opened up shadowing opportunities for recent graduates of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance to teach with our very experience dance practitioner. The programme then moved on to target looked after children city wide, bringing them together at various city centre dance venues to participate in dance activities.
DAZL & Slanjayvah Danze #6Feet3Shoes
Four Films, Four Days, One Project
HMYOI Wetherby (Youth Offending Work)
In April 2008 DAZL started a project to improve the health and wellbeing of the young men in HMYOI Wetherby through a programme of fun and accessible urban dance activity including; Hip Hop, Breakdance, Krumping, Locking and Popping, and Streetdance. The participants trained hard to complete accredited and non-accredited dance programmes before performing for friends and family at the YOI’s “Family Day” which was a massive achievement and the first time that audience members had seen them do anything like this. Through a combination of taster sessions and accredited courses we engaged approximately 250 young men in a variety of dance workshops that attracted those who were not accessing the gym, boosting confidence and social skills, focusing on developing new skills and feeling positive about the learning experience.
“I just wanted to share with you a public health session I had the privilege of watching at the YOI. I watched 15 boys dance and sprint their hearts out. They were taught by a very competent teacher, concentrated for more than an hour, worked together, helped each other out, used every muscle in their bodies, worked individually and in a group and in the end developed their own routines to show off to each other.” Claire Shepherd, NHS Leeds.
#NoFilter Dance & Health Project
The Dance Makeover (Dance & Health Work)
In 2008 to 2011 we successfully delivered a weight management programme in partnership with Watch It, an NHS weight management service. After an intensive three week summer programme, participants took regular weekly dance sessions as well as a range of activities to celebrate a positive self-image including pampering sessions, nutrition and cooking classes. Simultaneous gym sessions were also provided for families. Participants demonstrated increased confidence and performed alongside other DAZL groups at the Christmas 2009 showcase.