Welcome NEW DAZL Dance Teacher Chloe Young

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Welcome Chloe Young Chloe joined the DAZL team in January 2018 for a two week placement where DAZL supported her teaching and work experience. Shortly after she was offered some teaching work and has been working with DAZL ever since! Chloe recently completed her Dance degree at Leeds Beckett University, receiving an upper second class honours. Chloe has had experience teaching workshops since college for a range of ages and is wanting to continue and pursue a career in Dance Teaching now she has completed her studies. Chloe has been dancing since she was 8 and has experience in contemporary dance, hip-hop, commercial and street dance.  

KICK OFF BOYS PROJECT – PROMO 2018

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Kick Off Boys Dance Project Kick Off Boys Project is a partnership project with Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL), Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Leeds City College. Our focus is to bring together boys from across Leeds through dance to explore issues which relate to them. We aim to provide artistic opportunities and progression routes for boys in dance! Film filmed by Wayne Sables and Project supported by Awards for All (BIG lottery) the Anti-stigma workshop were delivered by Space 2 Leeds You can sign up for next term via our partners at Northern School Of Contemporary Dance here http://www.nscd.ac.uk/take-part/workshops/kick-off/  

The Impact of the DAZL Community Dance Programme on Physical Activity and Psycho-Social Health in Young People

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DAZL is working with Leeds Beckett to support a fully funded PhD project and this can be found here: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/carnegie-school-of-sport/carnegie-school-of-sport-phd-studentships/ The Closing date: 20th May 2018 #14 The Impact of the DAZL Community Dance Programme on Physical Activity and Psycho-Social Health in Young People Prevalence of psychological health concerns amongst young people is rising, particularly in girls (i.e. low body image, self-worth and psychosomatic symptoms). The long-term consequences include social dysfunction, poor academic performance and even suicide. Dance has emerged as a viable tool to promote physical activity across hard-to-engage populations. Consequently, empirical evidence is required to examine the impact of dance for physical activity and health promotion in young people. This PhD aims to evaluate: 1) a pre-established, community dance programme for young girls from low SES communities; 2) and whether dance can build health resilience and improvements in girls’ psycho-social health.​ If you or anyone that you know requires any information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with DAZL [email protected]

DAZL Runs Marathon & Yorkshire 3 Peaks for Inclusive Group

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DAZL raise funds for Inclusive Dance Group DAZL team will be running the Liverpool Marathon & Walking the Yorkshire 3 Peaks to provide FREE provision and pay for our Inclusive Hip-Hop Team for young people with a disability to have dance experiences. The funds will provide the group with costumes, pay the hall hire & support weekly classes Need Their is a lack of activity for young people with a disability to take part in competitive dance, especially in urban dance styles in Leeds. Solution We will provide weekly activities for young people with a disability and ensure they get the experience of a dance competition. The same opportunities will be available to these young people just as they are for the young people who do not have a disability. The program will reduce inequalities, breakdown barriers and provide opportunities and aspirations for those young dancers with a disability. Aim Provide urban dance for young people with a disability from areas of deprivation across Leeds Activities » Provide weekly urban dance sessions with opportunities to perform locally and regionally including dance competitions.   Reporting We will report via social media also blogs via DAZL website and our partners ensuring we gain as much coverage as possible. We will also inform people/ supporters/ donors via our Mailchimp email system and publish the success in our annual review. Budget – Project Cost: £2,490   Amount Heading Description   £320 Competition Entry Frees 2 x competition entry for 10 dancers   £250 costumes 10 hip-hop costumes at £25 per person   £400 Hall Hire Hall Hire 40wk x 2hrs (£10 per session)   £320 Transport Transport to competitions (£160 x 2 journeys)   £800 Weekly Sessions deliver of weekly session £20 x 40wk   £400 Staffing Comp Staffing competition x 2 (£100 per day x 2 staff x 2 competitions) Why Us? With 18 years experience of improving 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. We also 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. This is why we are best placed. Donate to project via link below https://secure.thebiggive.org.uk/projects/view/29286/dazl-runs-marathon-and-3-peaks-for-inclusive-group/ Follows us on social media @DAZL_Leeds Twitter and Facebook DanceActionZoneLeeds

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. Social Media – Twitter @DAZL_Leeds  Facbook – LIKE danceactionzoneleeds or Istagram @danceactionzoneleeds

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/ Social Media – Twitter @DAZL_Leeds  Facbook – LIKE danceactionzoneleeds or Istagram @danceactionzoneleeds

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   Social Media Links (Click and it will take you to page) Twitter @DAZL_Leeds  Facbook – LIKE danceactionzoneleeds  Istagram @danceactionzoneleeds

Dance Film “This Is Us!”

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Dance Action Zone Leeds in partnership with Wayne Sables Project and Rees Dance presents “This Is Us!” supported by Arts Council England part of the #YorkshireConnection project 2018                           Social Media – Twitter @DAZL_Leeds  Facbook – LIKE danceactionzoneleeds or Istagram @danceactionzoneleeds

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 Social Media – Twitter @DAZL_Leeds  Facbook – LIKE danceactionzoneleeds or Istagram @danceactionzoneleeds