MEET THE DAZL TEAM
Ian is the embodiment of the DAZL Model, After his vocational Performing Arts training he went on to do a BA Youth & Community Degree at Leeds Metropolitan University. Ian has worked freelance dance artist for many organisation and worked commercially in the dance industry. As the DAZL Director he has overall responsibility for all of DAZL’s activities and strategic planning. His role is to ensure that DAZL strives to reach its organisational goals, In addition to this he’s the Founder and now advisory of the International Championship winning Cheerdance Academy DAZL Comp Teams (Diamonds, Inspire & DAZL Boys). Ian is NCSSE Master Level Cheerdance/ Cheerleading Coach and ICC World Cheerdance Level 2 Judge, Ian is also responsible for developing the DAZL Boys Cheerdance/ Hip-Hop Strand which is the only strand of work in Europe which engages boys of all ages into cheerdance which as given the organisation world-wide success. Ian works nationally using the DAZL model and research in dance and health to ignite conversations which bring the dance and health sectors together.
DAZL Finance & Admin Manager
Amanda has a wide range of experience having worked running finance, administration, HR and delivery aspects of businesses. Having worked in small and large companies in both the public and private sector, it gives her a unique overview to assist us when communicating with our many funders . Amanda has responsibility for DAZL’s finance function, ensuring annual accounts and budgets are properly maintained. Amanda also runs the administration function including Charities Commission and Companies House returns are properly filed. Amanda works closely with the DAZL Artistic Director supporting and nurturing the Youth Dance Leaders and the Freelance Artists in their development as community dance artists/ practitioners.
DAZL Admin & Community Facilitator
Chrisie started her involvement due to her daughter’s been involved in DAZL in 2008. She then volunteered on the DAZL Diamonds supporting the sessions, from This she gained her DAZL Youth Dance Leadership training and other community development and young people related qualifications with the support of DAZL. She now assists in supporting school club and community sessions across the city and is a performer in the DAZL Mums competitive dance team. In addition to this she she become the DAZL part-time administrator and supports the competitive dance teams in September 2017 and now also helps with the support of the Youth Dance Leaders, for information email
DAZL Dance Fitness & Competitive Dance Lead
Steph has been involved in DAZL from a young age, she has gained her Dance Leaders qualification with DAZL. She did her B-tec in performing arts at Leeds City Collage along with her Foundation Degree in Dance. Over the past few years she has choreographed the international championship winning hip-hop strand of DAZL with tremendous success. She currently works on the community provision of the DAZL Boys and DAZL Diamonds. Steph has work in commercial dance for the past 5 years appearing on TV Shows, Pop Video and Choreographed for corporate events/ flash-mobs. She is also a qualified Dance Fitness Instructor and Leads many of the DAZL Dance Fitness for adults programs across DAZL. Steph is the lead Hip-Hop specialist on the DAZL Competition Teams and available to teach outside of DAZL please email her on the button below.
DAZL Dance & Health Facilitator
Amy started dancing at 3 doing ballet, she joined DAZL when she was at high school and was assisted by DAZL in gaining her Btec First and Level 3 National Diploma in Performing Arts from Thomas Danby Collage. Amy then went on to gain her Level 3 Dance Leaders Qualification with DAZL. She has taught and performed with the DAZL Diamonds since the squad began in 2005, her experience in cheerdance and winning major championships is amazing. Amy has delivered work in schools and community sessions and is passionate about competitive cheerdance, Amy is also NCSSE qualified to Master Level. In September 2017 Amy become the DAZL Dance Facilitator and who be responsabile for the development of the DAZL Comp Teams with her team of artists. Amy will be working closly with the DAZL Youth and Young Dance Laeders supporting their professional development and progression. Amy embodies the DAZL Model and we are so proud to have her on the team. please email her on the button below.
Senior Dance & Health Leader
Chloe has been dancing with DAZL since 2007 after starting with the ESCAPE Elite group. She then joined DAZL Diamonds and has danced at competitive level in Cheer and Hip Hop. The teams she has danced with remain undefeated. She has performed at many shows and events part of the Youth Dance Contemporary Company. She attends Wakefield College and is in her first year studying Dance at Degree Level. Chloe previously gained her B-TEC Level 2 & 3 in Dance from Leeds City College where she was supported by DAZL. She is assisting/ delivering on many DAZL after-school clubs and DAZL Community Program. Chloe is now working with our Dance Facilitator Amy Smith and Community Freelance Team after achieving her Level 2 Dance Leaders qualification with DAZL. Chloe has performed in competitions/ showcase events and galas nationally and internationally with DAZL, including the Yorkshire Youth Platforms Tour with the DAZL Youth Company. We hope Chloe continue to develop her practice within and beyond DAZL.
DAZL Dance Artist
Penny has over 20 years experience of delivering high quality dance to children and young people. Penny has been involved in DAZL for over 10 years as an artist, inspiring and educating young people from across Leeds most deprived areas. Penny currently delivers two programs for Middleton St Mary’s and Corpus Christi Primary part of DAZL’s Active 4 Life Program. Penny is available to teach outside of DAZL please email him on the button below.
Dance & Health Officer - Intern
Harvey is from Belle Isle and previously attended South Leeds Academy and has been with DAZL 10 years he started dancing at DAZL in 2007 and was one of the first original DAZL Boys in 2010. He is a wonderful role model to other young people and is assisting on many of the DAZL community programs. He has recently completed his Dance Leaders Level 2 with DAZL. Harvey has performed in competitions/ showcase events and galas nationally and internationally with DAZL over the past 10 years, including the Dance Competitions and more recently performing and delivering workshops for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Harvey attended Leeds City College and is now the DAZL Dance and Health Officer Intern (18 month program) where he continues to inspire many young people across the city and we predict hes going to be a wonderful practitioner in the future.
DAZL Community Dance Practitioner
Katie has been involved in dancing since the age of 3 with Marilyn Yeardley’s school of Theatre Dance, including tap, ballet and disco. Later on, she started street dance classes which became her forte. Katie then continued her passion and went on to complete a Foundation degree and BA honours in Theatre studies (Leeds City College) and Performing Arts (Leeds Metropolitan University). She now uses her experience and knowledge to promote fitness, fun, health and confidence in young people and adults. Katie now teaches in school’s, community centres and after school clubs. Main areas of work are based in Leeds, Bradford and Pudsey for DAZL and other companies – with a focus on street dance, hip-hop, pop and cheer dance. Katie also runs her own weekly street dance classes for adults held at Yorkshire Dance in Leeds Thursday evenings. Katie is available to teach outside of DAZL please email her on the button below
DAZL Dance & Health Practitioner
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. Chloe is co-leading on many dance and health programs across DAZL including the youth people mental health and resilience project.
Community Dance Practitioner
Mason Jubb joins DAZL – in his own words…..I first took an interest in dance when an opportunity came my way whilst at school to participate in an audition based workshop with the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) Yorkshire Young Dancers (YYD) Scheme. Despite my lack of knowledge and technical ability due to my inexperience as a dancer I successfully gained a place on the YYD Scheme. I then went on to gain a place on the foundation course and I have just graduated with a First Class degree at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, I have just completed my MA with NSCD post grad company VERVE & Now just gained a position in Black Box Dance Theatre. Through family and friends DAZL is something I have always been well aware of, it is a programme I have admired particularly in terms of the work it has done and continues to do in my local community. I am determined to use my skills and knowledge to better the DAZL students and deliver a self-taught message that, no matter where you’re from or what your background, if you want it and are prepared to maintain effort and performance, you can achieve……Thanks Mason. Mason is available outside of DAZL to teach and in 2017 join Black Box Dance Theatre were he is touring as a dancer with the company, please email him on the button below.
Stephen Johnson, has over 20 years experience in teaching dance to young people. He’s also an experienced Youth Worker, and Arts Practitioner. He teaches many dance styles including Breakdance, Street dance and Hip-Hop dance. Throughout his career he has toured professionally, worked with many schools, colleges/universities and community groups. Stephen trained at the Northern School Of Contemporary Dance, He has a passion for the stage and had been involved in many dance and Theatre/Drama productions as a performer and choreographer during this time. Stephen will be working with DAZL on after-school club and was also a teacher for DAZL when it began in 2000. Stephen is available to teach outside of DAZL please email him on the button below.
Megan has been dancing with DAZL since 2007 after starting with the DAZL Diamonds group. She then joined DAZL Diamonds and has danced at competitive level in Cheer and Hip Hop. The teams she has danced with remain undefeated. She has performed at many shows and events part of the Youth Dance Contemporary Company. She attends NSCD CAT Scheme and is in her final year at Cockburn High School. She is assisting/ delivering on many DAZL Diamonds and DAZL Junior Dance Company Program. Megan is now working with our Dance Facilitator Amy Smith and Community Freelance Team after achieving her Level 2 Dance Leaders qualification with DAZL. Megan has performed in competitions/ showcase events and galas nationally and internationally with DAZL, including the Yorkshire Youth Platforms Tour with the DAZL Youth Company. We hope Chloe continue to develop her practice within and beyond DAZL.
Kaci has been dancing with DAZL since 2008 after starting with the ESCAPE group. She then joinedDAZL Diamonds and has danced at competitive level in Cheer and Hip Hop. The teams she has danced with remain undefeated. She has performed at many shows and events and is now part of our Youth Dance Contemporary Company. She previously attended The South Leeds Academy and studying Dance, Health & wellbeing amongst other subjects. She is assisting on DAZL After-School Clubs and DAZL Community Program. Kaci is now working with our Dance Facilitator after achieving her Level 1 Dance Leaders qualification. Kaci has performed in competitions/ showcase events and galas nationally and internationally with DAZL, including the Yorkshire Youth Platforms Tour with the DAZL Youth Company. Kaci has now enrolled at Wakefield College to study B-TEC Level 3 Dance progressing her dance journey further.
Young Dance Leader
Fallon started with DAZL in 2006 part of the the DAZL community program in Belle Isle and at Windmill Primary School DAZL after-school club. Fallon has also been a member of the DAZL Diamonds Cheerdance and Hip-Hop team since she was 3 years old and is a vital member of the team. She is assisting with the DAZL Diamonds Youth & Junior Hip-Hop team with DAZL Senior Dance Leads Natasha Smith & Steph Dobson and has been a wonderful example and role model to the younger people in DAZL. Fallon is now working with our Dance Facilitator Amy Smith in the DAZL Youth Dance Company at attends the Ruth Gorse Academy. She has just completed her Level 1 Dance Leaders qualification. Fallon has performed in competitions/ showcase events and galas nationally and internationally with DAZL, including the Yorkshire Youth Platforms Tour with the DAZL Youth Company.
Abbie has been involved with DAZL since 2009 at a DAZL Community group in Belle Isle, before joining DAZL Diamonds Cheerdance and Hip-Hop Academy. She is now assisting our Active 4 Life program at many DAZL After School dance clubs and also at DAZL Xplode at Cottingley Community Centre inspiring the many young people from her own community in cottingley to take part in the dance club. They have now been involved in many performances she is a fantastic role model to others helping them learn and develop. Abbie is now working with our Dance Facilitator Amy Smith and just recently completed Level 1 Dance Leaders qualification, she like her team mates has performed in competitions/ showcase events and galas nationally and internationally with DAZL, including the Yorkshire Youth Platforms Tour with the DAZL Youth Company. Previously at Cockburn Collage of Arts, Abbie is now looking forward to continuing dance journey at Wakefield Collagewhere she is doing her B-TEC Level 3 in Dance
DAZL are proud ambassadors of Child Friendly Leeds, and put local young people at the heart of everything we do. We have an ongoing commitment to support, train and nurture young talent to enable them to have the knowledge and experience to have a career in the Arts. We listen to young people’s voices and let that influence what we include in our Activity plans. We understand the communities that we work and those with barriers to provision and dedicate our time to nurture them through our DAZL model, contributing towards them achieving their goals and moving them towards a career in the Arts or further/higher education.
We are commitment to training local people our Dance Leaders and gifted young people with a passion for leadership aged 14-17yrs & 18-21. Asisting those who are undertaking vocational dance training whilst been support by staffing team..