DAZL receive #HealthyHolidays grant from Leeds Community Foundation

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Healthy Holidays – Holiday Hunger Fund

DAZL is excited to announce we have received funding from the Leeds Community Foundation to enable vulnerable children to have access to food & fun activities in half term & summer.

The young people will be provided with breakfast, Lunch and Snacks, this will be provided by FareShare you can visit their website http://fareshare.org.uk/ , This will be complemented with some fantastic fun activities. We will be using the hashtag #HolidayHungerLeeds to create awareness of the project and we will be working in partnership with our friends from Active Clubs Experience (ACE) The Change 4 Life Service (C4L) and Watch-It children weight management service, incorporating healthy lifestyles and Change 4 Life messages in fun, creative sessions for 4-13 year old children.

Camp 1 (Tuesday 3rd- Friday 6th April 2018)The South Leeds Youth Hub, Belle Isle, LS10 3JA. 9am-3pm each day and we have 25 places available.

Camp 2 (Monday 30th July – Friday 3rd August 2018)Dame Fanny Waterman Centre, Brander Street, Gipton, Leeds, LS9 6QH. 9am-3pm each day and we have 25 places available.

Camp 3 (Monday 6th August – Friday 10th August 2018)The South Leeds Youth Hub, Belle Isle, LS10 3JA. 9am-3pm each day and we have 25 places available.

Camp 4 (Monday 13th August – Friday 17th August 2018)Swinnow Community Centre,Swinnow Lane, Leeds LS13 4RF. 9am-3pm each day, 25 places available.

Children can be dropped off from 8.30am is required.

     

DAZL Youth Company perform #Faith Choreography by Rees Dance

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DAZL Youth Company premier #Faith

The #YorkshireConnection project funded by Arts Council England’s Grants For The Arts have enable the DAZL Youth Dance Company to work with Rees Dance Company. They had the wonderful opportunity to perform this work at the Phoenix Dance Theatre Youth Platform on Friday 16th March (Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre) and at the Norther School Of Contemporary Dance Community Platform on Saturday 17th March (Riley Theatre).

 

Thank you to both NSCD and Phoenix Dance Theatre for two wonderful experiences for the dancers, everyone had such a great time performing, meeting other groups from across Yorkshire.

Here is some of the comments/ feedback…

Its wonderful to see young dancers performing challenging choreography and rising the the challenge.

Excellent… Beautifully performed by stunning young dancers… Great to see it being performed at The Riley Theatre NSCD…!

You can watch the Saturday performance from NSCD Community Platform below.

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The Morrison’s Foundation support DAZL

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The Morrison’s Foundation support DAZL Health heARTS Project.

 

We are so grateful to have received support from The Morrison’s Foundation who support local charities making a positive difference in local communities across England, Scotland and Wales.

DAZL has been awarded a grant for a health and wellbeing project “The DAZL Healthy heARTS Project”. The Project offers fun, relevant and accessible high quality dance and healthy eating opportunities. Targeted at disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people aged 3-25 years in Leeds 10 or close to the area of Morrison’s Hunslet store. Working within youth culture, starting with what young people, families enjoy. Also targeting children and families in deprived areas, who lack access to activities or are at risk of sedentary lifestyles. Using a community development methodology. Starting where the children and families are at! We have a commitment to supporting local people enabling and encouraging ownership and entrepreneurship. Parental involvement is a crucial feature of the project engaging the whole family to have the greatest impact to support a healthier lifestyle.

The Program.

We will deliver two dance and health eating project. They will both be a 12 week projects and in addition to this a one week school holiday activity program for children and families. We have a particular focus on looked After Children and those children who are struggling to maintain a healthy weight/ lifestyle.

Digital resource and legacy of project.

We will be working with the Wayne Sables Project to create a short film/ online resource addressing the themes of the project. This resource will be made avilable for groups to view and get inspiration to support their own health and wellbeing project.

Thank you so much to the Morrison’s Foundation for their support. For more information on The Morrison’s Foundation visit https://www.morrisonsfoundation.com/about-us/

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Faith – DAZL Senior choreography by Rees Dance

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DAZL Youth Dance Company – Faith

Choreographed by Rees Dance during a youth development project with DAZL, funded by Arts Council England and Public Health Leeds.

‘Faith’ is based on the pier support that became more and more apparent, throughout during the creation of the performance piece.  Traditional contemporary techniques and physical theatre is not usually the ‘chosen style’ of these individual dancers, but faith encompasses what the choreographers felt to be the essence of the company, throughout the creation process

Performance Dates

  • Friday 17th March 2018 – Phoenix Dance Theatre
  • Saturday 18th March 2018 – NSCD Community Platform
  • Wednesday 28th March 2018 – Morley Town Hall
  • Sunday 20th May 2018 – Bridlington Spa Theatre
  • 21st July 2018 – Kalasangam Showcase, Bradford

 

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Co-Op Local Community Fund Backs DAZL

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Co-Op Local Community Fund Backs DAZL

Dance Action Zone Leeds has been chosen as one of six local charity from the Local Co-op Community Fund. Here is the link https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/13760/ As a member, every time you shop at Co-op Beeston in Leeds, 1% of what you spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the local community fund.

 

The money raised by all the members in the community, together with money from shopping bag sales, helps to fund local projects in the area where you live such as DAZL. Since September 2016, Co-op members have raised a total of more than £20 million. You can choose which cause you want your own 1% to go to. In Beeston, South Leeds we hope you chose DAZL to support our work with children and young people locally. Any money raised by members who don’t select a cause is added to the money raised from shopping bag sales and shared equally between the causes in their local area.

How do we keep track of funds?

During the funding period, which runs up to 27 October 2018, you will be able to keep track of the amount of money raised by Co-op members at any time. Please ffel free to help DAZL promot this via our cause’s unique linkhere: https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/13760/

The fund will raise funds from November 2017 -October 2018 for DAZL

For more information on how you can get involved please email [email protected] or call/ text 07519018675

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#YorkshireConnection Project supported by Arts Council England

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Yorkshire Connection Project

Below are video from the partners involved in the Arts Council England supported project. The project includes two new pieces of choreography by Rees Dance Company, they have also provided CPD for the DAZL team and mentoring for Stephanie Dobson DAZL Community Dance Artist) Below is a quick sound bite from Steph on her experiences through the project. Part of the project includes a dance film and digital element lead by Wayne Sables.

Yorkshire Connection Show at Morley Town Hall on Wednesday 28th March 2018. The show starts at 6.15pm and involved 200 dancers including guest performances from our friends at RJC Dance and the Kick Off Boys Dance Project which is a partnership between DAZL, NSCD, Leeds City Collage and Phoenix Dance.

Tickets on Sale Now £3 Adult and £2 concessions. 

Intro by DAZL Director

Rees Dance

Wayne Sables

DAZL Community Dance Artist Stephanie Dobson, Views on project and thank you to Arts Council England

 

TIED – DAZL Get Moving Project supported by Sport England

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Dance Fitness for Women & Teenage Girls

This project is supported by Sport England and provides women and teenage girls in areas of deprivation from low socio-economic backgrounds across Leeds the opportunity to engage in dance fitness. We aim to increase participation and engage with 160 women throughout the year of this funding. Focusing on engaging inactive women and girls in a fun, inclusive and accessible way. The sessions will be appealing to women from all cultures as dance is so diverse.

Sessions – All sessions are priced at £1 each and run weekly, each class will last a minimum of 1 hr in local community venues in the following areas; Belle Isle, Middleton, Ebor Gardens, Bramley, Wortley, Gipton.

Why dance? Dance/ Dance Fitness such as Zumba, Cheer Fit, Dance Aerobics is proven to improve mood which improves mental health, dance also has a social element to it which alongside the activity motivates the people involved to live happier, healthier lives.

Childcare a issue? Don’t worry we also have dance/ change 4 life sessions for young people 3 years and above. So we can keep the children occupied with healthy activities whilst you get active and take time for you!

DAZL is so please to be 1 of the 26 organisations who has been supported by this fund, please read press release on the initiative https://www.sportengland.org/news-and-features/news/2018/february/15/helping-people-on-low-incomes-get-active/

For more information on how you can get involved please email [email protected] or call/ text 07519018675

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DAZL – Big Lottery Funding

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Awards 4 All Funding

Dance Action Zone Leeds is so excited to announce on #TimetoTalk day that we’ve been successful with a Big Lottery Fund grant to deliver a Citywide Lads #MentalHealthProject. Lots more from this stand of the #KickOffBoysProject to follow.

Involved in this partnership are the following organisations. Northern School Of Contemporary Dance – Learning & Participation Phoenix Dance Theatre Space2 Leeds Leeds City College Wayne Sables

Looking forward to making a real difference to young lads lives across Leeds and addressing issues around men’s mental health.

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NEW – DAZL Inclusive Dance Team

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Inclusive Dance Team for 14-25 yrs with a Learning Disability

Dance Action Zone Leeds – DAZL are so excited to announce our NEW Inclusive Competitive Dance Team for young adults aged 14-25 with learning disabilities. This program will start Tuesday 6th February 2018 weekly from 5pm- 6.30pm. We will be based at #Middleton Community Centre, (Middleton Elderly Aid) Middleton Park Avenue, LS10 3ST. Their is a £1 charge to each session as a contribution to costs for competition.

This program of work will be part of our championship winning squad the DAZL Diamonds and will be competing at the ICE Comp in Leeds 9th & 10th June 2018

We aim to breakdown barriers in the world of cheerdance/ hip-hop competitive dance sport. We aim for the participants to gain life, social and communication skills with added value of improving their overall health and wellbeing.

This session has been made possible by the amazing efforts of DAZL Parent Melissa Peacock fundraising by participating in the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.