Schools / Active 4 Life Programme

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, to inspire an enthusiasm for being active throughout life. DAZL is one of four delivery partners on this project including; Leeds United, Active Club Experience and The Works Skatepark. Emphasis is placed on raising awareness and educating families on issues such as active daily lifestyles, limiting screen time and promoting 5 a Day as well as being a partner on the Change 4 Life and Leeds Lets Change campaign.

In 2015/16 DAZL set out to improve health & well-being through high quality dance in the deprived communities of Leeds. Throughout 2015-16 DAZL worked with 4202 young people of which 77% were girls, This year of all the young people DAZL worked with 2488 were inactive doing less than one hour of physical activity beyond the school recommended 2 hours of structured activity per week, excluded the DAZL session. The young people had the chance to performed in at least 1 of our 111 performance opportunities in and out of school.

On the DAZL Active 4 Life Program we worked with 2786 young people, we delivered 1359 session totaling 1614.5 hours of activity through this programme which had a Primary Target Group: Inactive children aged 5–11 years from Super Output Areas with IMD’s in the lowest 10% in East, West and South Leeds. 

DAZL significantly exceeded all targets as the programme rolled out this year, delivering activity within school lesson time for 6-12 weeks followed by x24 week regular after school dance clubs across south, east and west Leeds that  ran for the rest of the year.  By request we have started new community dance groups in respond to the needs of the local community.  Throughout the year a large number of participants have engaged with DAZL’s other activity as a direct result of being involved in this programme.  There were more than x50+ performance opportunities at schools and community festival events and Healthy Living galas, and x20 holiday programmes through the year which has been amazing. The programme has grabbed the attention of the city and the Councillors regularly using this as an example of good work and requesting groups to perform at their events.

This programme is a real strengths of DAZL and one of reasoning behind winning the following.

  • HSJ Award for Innovation in public health 2008
  • Community Arts Organisation of the year at Community Awards 2010
  • Best overall contribution to Child Friendly Leeds 2014
  • Public Health Excellence Award 2016

Great after School Club, DAZL girls are always really enthusiastic, children have lots of fun and learn new skills, also grow in confidence. Staff are very aware of all the safety aspects of having children in school after the school day too. Highly recommended!” Jill Midgley, Head Teacher – Corpus Christi Primary

We are currently working with the schools listed below

“A well organised class where pupils enjoyed and carried out instructions by professional and pleasant instructors”

Michaela Wainwright, Christ Church Primary School

“The DAZL staff thoroughly engaged the children who really enjoyed the experience, would definitely like to see the club continue

Matt DeVeure, Parkview Academy

“The Children have really enjoyed the DAZL sessions. Appears to be very popular as another full group for the next term”

Dianne Chadwick, Pudsey Tyersal Primary School

“The Children absolutly love these sessions which show in the attendance, there has only been two children absent since DAZL started”

Cath Storey, LowRoad Primary School

"Great after School Club, DAZL girls are always really enthusiastic, children have lots of fun and learn new skills, also grow in confidence. Staff are very aware of all the safety aspects of having children in school after the school day too. Highly recommended!" Jill Midgley, Head Teacher - Corpus Christi Primary.

  • 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.

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Classes across Leeds for anyone aged 3 -25 years. We're here to make sure you have fun even if you've never danced before. DAZL can introduce you to all kinds of dance; Street / Cheerdance / Hip-Hop/ Breakdance/ Creative /Jazz and Contemporary and more.... Express yourself, you'll have a great time make new friends, not to mention keeping fit whilst filling you with confidence!