DAZL Boys/ Kick Off Boys project
We offer many opportunities for boys of all ages from 4 year old upwards, in all types of styles to suit the physical aspects of dance that interest boys. So if you want to dance we can provide an environment to inspire physical creativity with other boys. Many of our participants in the Boys only groups also participate in all of our other mixed gender groups too.
One strand of our DAZL Boys work is home the UK’s only All Male Cheerdance Squads the work is dedicated to delivering cheerdance and hip-hop solely to boys. The lads featured of their own BBC 2 documentary Wonderland “Boy Cheerleaders”, which had over 2 million viewers and even more online.
The DAZL Boys were also the stars of world-wide internationally renound DJ Tiesto vs. Mark Knights Ft Dino pop video, “Beautiful World”. The boys worked with fashion label Gio-Goi, Mojofuel and Toolroom Records who created the video, you can now see the video on all major music channels including MTV Dance.
The DAZL Boys have appeared on The Paul O’Grady Show, BBC Odd Box, The 5 O’clock Show, CBBC – Basil Brush, CBBC News Round & CBBC’s The Slammer, ITV, Channel 5 & Channel 4. They also appeared on Britain’s Got Talent, and SKY 1 Hit Show Got to dance series 3 where they performed on stage with Ashley Banjo & Adam Garcia. They were also featured on secret millionaire on Channel 4.
The Boys were also featured on the BBC across part on Olympic Torch celebrations and the Olympic winner’s celebrations, The Boys were also recruited to support the BBC Sports Relief 2012 campaign. They were also crowned best act in Leeds by Barclay’s part of Barclays live 2009 which has resulted in the boys been successful in more competition and performing at music festivals such as the magic lounge-about, the Malmo Festival in Sweden.
Many of the older DAZL boys have gained their Dance Leader Level 2 & 3 and are now inspiring the younger DAZL Boys to get involved in dance, supporting staff in delivering the DAZL Boys programmes. DAZL starts where the boys are at and then uses this as a vehicle to different styles of dance and hopefully vocational dance training.
The Boys have had the opportunity to work with dance artists linking with other boys initiatives and pathways such as the Leeds “Kick Off Boys Project” a partnership between DAZL & Northern School Of Contemporary Dance since 2016 and In 2017 Phoenix Dance join the partnership and Leeds City Collage in 2018.
The Kick Off Boys
Painted Faces by Kick Off Boys Project
A mental health awareness film, Painted faces uses dance as a tool to enable young men to talk about mental health! For help and support contact Mind Mate Leeds 0113 376 0324 To contact MindMate, email [email protected], Website – mindmate.org.uk/ Social Media @mindmateleeds Need urgent help? If you’ve injured yourself or taken an overdose dial 999. To speak to someone urgently, call ChildLine free on 0800 11 11
We welcome any boy who has a passion for dance and hard work! You check out the DAZL Boys on our YouTube Channel where you can see the DAZL Boys in action. The lads have fetured in many press and research, please see below
- DAZL Boys – Masculinity and Dance Research – Boys & Leeds Beckett University.
- DAZL Boys Change Perceptions of Cheerdance World – Boys Changing the landscape of UK Cheerdance.
- DAZL Boys Film review In Metro Paper UK – DAZL Boys Film is roaring success.
- DAZL Boys in Excelle Magazine – DAZL Boys win Barclay Live in Leeds.
- DAZL Boys Back Sports Relief 2012 – DAZL Boys support Sports Relief 2012.
- DAZL Boys on Secret Millionaire – DAZL Boys in Yorkshire Evening Post, £10,000 cash.