DAZL Youth Dance Company – #PRIDE
Using iconic LGBT anthems this piece explores false social perceptions of the LGBT community based on their gender and sexuality. Through the lens of LGBT young people, the work follows a journey of self-discovery by overcoming prejudice and discrimination to finding self-worth, empowerment and acceptance. . The youth company are all from Leeds, aged from 14-19yrs and are made up of gay, bi and straight young people. They have done lots of research chatting to other LGBT young people, attending pride event, endless hours of documentaries/ discussion based workshops and the young peoples own experiences.
The group have been working with DAZL Dance Development officer Vicky Mawson and NSCD Graduated/ VERVE Dancer Mason Jubb.
This work focuses on all LGBT youths but with an extra focus on transgender young people. This project is a starting point lead by DAZL Director Ian Rodley for DAZL as an organisation to create a 3 year strategic program which is specifically aimed at LGBT young people across Leeds using dance/ the arts which we are currently awaiting the outcome of funding. The group is looking to perform this work in many showcase events and we welcome any organisation which is running a LGBT event to contact us to perform. We may use a LGBT Pride flag or ten, you have been warned!
For more information and Support
If your aged 13-18 and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* or questioning your sexuality in Leeds and needs support Out 2 18 or Transtastic could be for you. http://leedssexualhealth.com/wheretogo/support-groups/out-2-25-and-transtastic You could also check out he Leeds GI Youth Group http://www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk/event/leeds-gi-youth-group
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