DAZL highlighted on Street Games Website

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Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL) are a community organisation, passionate about enabling young people from deprived areas of Leeds to be able to access the same opportunities of those in more affluent areas of the city. DAZL joined the StreetGames ‘network’ in 2017 and have been an engaging and enthusiastic partner ever since, delivering a range of interventions, accessing a variety of training workshops and often thinking outside the box for new and interesting ways to engage their audience.

Satellite Clubs

Specifically in the Middleton, Belle Isle, and Burmantofts communities, their weekly Satellite Club sessions are dedicated to increase the activity levels of young people, particularly inactive girls. By using dance as an accessible, engaging tool to support the reduction in physical and mental health inequalities. DAZL has built a fantastic reputation within Leeds and positively impacts on the lives of hundreds if not thousands of young people. Part of DAZL’s success can be attributed to their model of support

ing and nurturing young people to become leaders within their own community. After accessing Satellite Club funding and support from StreetGames in 2019, DAZL were able to engage four new young dance leaders. South Leeds residents Amy, Cam, Madison and Sally have since been helping out at Satellite Club and other community sessions as a result. General participants are also given a part to play by taking ownership and having a voice in various workshops and sessions.

“Since being involved in StreetGames, this has inspired me to be more involved and active, I feel my inner and mental health has eased from dancing and interacting with people. I thoroughly enjoy the classes and I am always looking forward to the next session. Thank you for providing and giving me an opportunity to take part in something that I have a passion for.” Chloe Hayley – Dance Leader Final Year Degree Student.


School and Social Media Presence

DAZL are also embedded within local schools, delivering after school dance clubs and Mental Health and Resilience work using dance. As strong social media advocates, DAZL have built a strong presence online and use this alongside their school links to promote their sessions to young people and partners. Their social media know-how has proven valuable, as despite facing challenges with retaining a diverse and difficult group of young girls at a session in Burmantofts, they persisted with engaging them through social media and also generated more interest by releasing an online feedback video. This was also featured in the DAZL Talks podcast where the young people talked about how continuing taking part in physical activity has maintained their positive mental health and wellbeing. DAZL Talks | Podcast on Spotify

Staff at DAZL insist that their feedback videos and use of social media have improved their engagement and retention figures. The differences made to participant’s lives, health and social skills are visible in the DAZL feedback videos, you can access many examples of DAZL’s great work and impressive feedback here.

Pandemic Support         

During the coronavirus pandemic, DAZL have been providing support wherever possible to their participants from delivery food parcels, providing virtual mentoring and keeping young people up to date on all the lockdown restrictions. DAZL created a outdoor social distancing dance program Garden Groovers where they took dance to 80 streets across Leeds, bringing the residents out to their gardens to be active. 

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Their live virtual sessions have been a success during the coronavirus pandemic, not only increasing activity levels but also providing a positive platform to improve mental health and wellbeing too. The groups also had the opportunity to share work in a live showcase.

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DAZL also delivered a Dance with Pride Digital event throughout lockdown to encourage inclusion – you can view their blog here.

Workshops

As well as upskilling their coaches in ‘Mentoring young people in Community Settings’, four of DAZL’s young volunteers have taken part in StreetGames’ Level 1 Delivering Community Activities to Youth at Risk workshop, where they concluded with a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch to real life funders and gained £500 for DAZL to run a youth led dance project.

Stonewall

DAZL are quick to advocate positive social change, recently showcasing their support for the Stonewall Rainbow Laces’s campaign, with many of their staff, coaches, volunteers and participants taking part. You can view DAZL’s campaign videos here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/ODpcXIfd8Vw?wmode=transparent&rel=0&showinfo=0

DAZL Feel Good Challenge & RE:FRESH 2021

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Get creative and share your best moves as part of the RE:FRESH Feel Good Dance Challenge, hosted by DAZL! You can dance alone or with members of your household, to create and upload a short (under 50 seconds) routine to Instagram. Our panel of dance experts will be watching and sharing their favourites throughout the day!

Keep your eyes on the DAZL instagram for more information @danceactionzoneleeds

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic many dance organisations across Yorkshire have cancelled live performances and platforms. We are aware of the impact this is having on children & young people across Yorkshire, so we have joined forces to bring you multiple opportunities within the RE:FRESH event to share, watch and take part in our digital dance festival running from 24th to the 27th March 2021.

RE:FRESH is a regional dance platform led by Yorkshire Dance in partnership with: CAPA College, Dance Action Zone Leeds, Dance United Yorkshire, Hull City Council, Kala Sangam, Leeds City College, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, One Dance UK, Phoenix Dance Theatre, RJC Dance and Yorkshire School Dance Festival

See below for the full timetable, or download it here – RE:FRESH Timetable

A full timetable of events can be found and downloaded on the Yorkshire Dance website here:  https://yorkshiredance.com/project/refresh/

DAZL RE:FRESH FEEL GOOD CHALLENGE HOW TOO GUIDE

DAZL Leeds Healthy Holidays Easter Offers

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Throughout Easter DAZL has four activity offers for families part of the #LeedsHealthyHolidays program supported by Leeds Community Foundation.

Offer 1 – If you know anyone who may benefit from this please have them get in touch with the DAZL Team.

This covers the School Easter Holidays with support from Community Foundation and food provided by FareShare Yorkshire and Food Revival will be offering 120 FREE food hampers/ parcels for families who are eligible for free school meals. These hampers/ packs also come with activity packs for kids and family.

In 2nd week of Easter Holidays were also offering free outdoor dance/ sports activities too.. See below for detail or call 07519018675 or email [email protected]

Offer 2 – FREE activity camp (COVID Safe) for children eligible for free school meals. In partnership with Ace Leeds and supported by Leeds Community Foundation based at DAZL HQ, Middleton Community Centre, Leeds, LS10 4LF This is a 3days activity camp in the 2nd week of the Leeds school holidays. With x2 bubbles of 10 young people. You must book in advance and confirm you place and dates.

The camp will run 11-2pm each day Wednesday 14th, Thursday 15th and Friday 17th April 2021.

To book you place contact [email protected] or call 07519018675

Offer 3 – Outdoor Social Distancing Dance Program across (South, East and West Leeds)

We are so excited to announce we will be back face to face dancing in the 2nd week of the Leeds Schools Easter Holidays. Dance Action Zone Leeds – DAZL with support from Leeds Community Foundation we are offering FREE for activities for families who’s children are eligible for free school meals.

See below for detail or call 07519018675 or email [email protected]

Offer 4 – BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND (Garden Groovers)

YES! Garden Groovers is back! Let’s get the whole street dancing. No need to travel, we will come to you. Garden Groovers is supported by Leeds Community Foundation & StreetGames this 40min workshop is full of fun to the latest tunes. All activity is covid safe and follows social distancing guidelines. We aim to get the street moving and feeling good.

Please contact our Health & Community Facilitator Chrisie [email protected] or call/text 07519018675

DAZL Wakefield & Sure Start Wakefield District Easter Program

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Part of the #OurFamilyOurFuture program support by Wakefield Council, DAZL and Wakefield Home Start have joined forces to bring you “Picnic In The Park”

This is free provision for families who receive free school meals. Enjoy dance, sports, fun activities outdoors with the whole family. The sessions are 11-2pm each day Thornes Park, Thornes Rd, Wakefield, WF2 8QD Tue 30th March & 6th April. We will also be on Stanley Royd Fields, Eastmoor Rd (opposite Pinders Primary School )WF1 3SQ. Thursday 1st & 8th April

Please book your please with Donna from the Home Start team [email protected] or contact 07787823441

Fell free to download and share the flyers below via email or socials

DAZL September – December Report 2020.

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To download our Q3 September – December 2020 report please click below

Here are some of our Covid-19 stats since March

1.We have had 230,311 views of our regular online Facebook live & Zoom classes and rising.

2.We have delivered 473 online classes

3.Recorded 80 video classes

4.Garden Groovers videos have 46,301 views and rising

5.Delivered 94 Garden Groovers session & engaged 5658 people but has 2086 dancing.

6.We have delivered 247 Face to Face sessions

7.Delivered 151 Outdoor social distancing dance sessions (94 were Garden Groovers).

8.We have delivered 988 food parcels to 203 people weekly across Leeds 10 & 11 for 16 weeks and 50x 2 weeks food hampers which equates to 31,023 individual meals/ portions.

You can visit www.facebook.com/danceactionzoneleeds and via our Vimeo channel www.vimeo.com/danceactionzoneleeds or YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/dazldiamonds  Please do let us know how you get on! visit www.dazl.org.uk or find us on social media.

Lockdown 3.0 – DAZL 6week Shake-Up Zoom Dance Program.

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Lockdown 3.O Dance Action Zone Leeds – DAZL 6week dance shake-up zoom program. We have done this before and we will do it again, we will share work in a digital event after February half term.

We can get through this together. Please follow government guidelines and and #StaySafe

If you want to join any class, please Email [email protected] or Call/Text/ WhatsApp 07519018675 – Chrisie will send you a link, the password and online consent form.

All session will be £2 each, payable via PayPal paypal.me/DAZLLtd https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/dazlltd

DAZL Young People Highlighted on “Feel Better Leeds”

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Led by the NHS in Leeds, Feel Better is here to keep you happy, healthy and feeling your best this winter. With all the advice you need to make sure you are getting the right help at the right time.

Check out there website here https://www.feelbetterleeds.org.uk/

DAZL young people have been involved by sharing their isolation tips to other young people which you can watch via the Feel Better Leeds YouTube Channel.

Here is Katy from the DAZL Inclusive Dance Team and her isolation tips

Here is Connor from the DAZL Inclusive Dance Team and his isolation tips to other young people

At DAZL we are massive advocates for mental health support and feel better leeds has a great page where you can get help, support and advice. https://www.feelbetterleeds.org.uk/health-and-wellbeing-services/

DAZL has distributed young peoples coronavirus support guides on behalf of Feel Better Leeds and Leeds Public Health, make sure you get yours!

#FeelBetterLeeds #StaySafe #WearAMask #StayConnected

DAZL Digital Christmas Sharing 2020

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The DAZL Digital Christmas Sharing “A Christmas Card to our DAZL Family” supported by Leeds Public Health, Leeds City Council Community Committee Youth Activity Fund and National Lottery Community Fund.

The 1hour show will be viewable from 18/12/2020

The sharing is a combination of digital and face to face work created in lockdown and throughout the pandemic. The Digital Christmas sharing also includes work funded by Leeds Inspired, Leeds Community Foundation and Leeds Housing Advisory Panel, Street Games Yorkshire and Wayne Sables Project.

Special thank you to our partners BARCA Leeds, ACE Leeds, Street Games, West Yorkshire Police, Fall Into Place Theatre and Carr Manor High School.

Follow us on social media @DAZL_Leeds on twitter and @danceactionzoneleeds on Instagram and Facebook.

DAZL #GiveLeeds Campaign

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DAZL is featured in the #GiveLeeds website to support our work and also help with the NEW DAZL HQ studio in Middleton alterations for our fabulous DAZL Family.

Dance opens up a world of opportunity for our children and young people. We work across Leeds, in some of the most deprived communities of our city. We use dance as a creative pathway to improve health, fitness, creativity and overall wellbeing. All DAZL activities are accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

We use dance to reduce inequalities and raise aspirations – our key aims:
1. Participation – Engaging inactive children and young people through high quality dance as physical activity
2. Community Leadership – Engaging and empowering local people/ communities
3. Partnerships – Supporting and delivering the wider health/ social care agenda
4. Artistic Development & Progression Support – Developing and nurturing new & existing local talent
5. Celebrating Communities & Performance Opportunities – bringing the whole community together and championing positive achievements

How can you help?

Your kind donation means we can welcome more children and young people into our DAZL community!

You can make direct donation here PayPal.DAZLltd

Visit the Give Leeds Website here – Homepage – Give Leeds

DAZL & Middleton Elderly Aid bring Christmas Cheer to the community.

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DAZL and our Partners/ Neighbours middleton elderly aid joined forces to provide some Christmas Cheer the the elderly in the local community. The Middleton Elderly Aid volunteers baked and handed out mince pies, whilst dressed up as Santa and his helpers.

The DAZL Children danced to Christmas songs visiting Acre Court Care home and Middleton Aire Court Care home. The feedback from the resident and staff was “Its was fun and entertaining” also “What a wonderful surprise for the community” Its lovely seeing the younger and older generations coming together.