DAZL IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT DANCE AND HEALTH CHARITY AND LIMITED COMPANY.
DAZL uses asset based community development and dance to deliver public health outputs. We rely on grant income as well as a discreet level of social enterprise in order to ensure we can continue to work towards our charitable aims. We start where children, young people and the local communities are at! responding to their needs. We do this by offering fun, relevant and accessible dance opportunities. if there is something we are not doing – ask us and let’s work together!
DAZL Primary Aim – To improve the mental and physical health of children and young people aged 3 – 19 years, particularly girls, through dance as physical activity in disadvantaged communities of Leeds.
DAZL Secondary aim – To reduce health inequalities, improving the health and wellbeing of children, young adults with disabilities up to 25 years, families and the wider community throughout Yorkshire through asset-based community dance and wider dance opportunities.
A uniquely positioned organisation with partnerships across key sectors delivering dance opportunities and training. Out young people will be clear about their options and enabled to make positive choices. We want them to feel confident, happy and healthy.
Established in 2000 and funded by the Health Action Zone. Initially the organisation provided an alternative physical activity option for young women in South Leeds who were not engaging in more traditional sports or school PE. Recognised as an innovation in Public Health by the Chief Medical Officer, DAZL became a Registered Charity in 2004 supported by Leeds NHS and now Leeds City Council Public Health Department. DAZL has grown significantly, expanding to develop new projects and initiatives across Leeds. The programme is part of the Childhood Obesity Strategy for Leeds with particular focus on the government’s “Choosing Health; Choosing Activity” agenda and the Public Service Agreement (PSA) target to reduce children’s obesity levels.
In 2008 DAZL were awarded “Highly Commended” at the Health Service Journal Awards. 2010 won “community organisations of the year” at 2010 Community Awards, In 2014 DAZL won Best Overall Contribution to Child Friendly Leeds at The Child Friendly Leeds Awards. DAZL Received an Excellence In Public Health Award 2016 and Leeds City Council Contribution to Culture Awards 2017.