The DAZL #ASHtag Project is a Dance & Health Project which tackles issues around smoking in young people funded by Leeds City Council Public Health Department and Gemma Mann -Health Improvement Specialist. This project started in January 2013 and works across the city with four community dance groups. One in West Leeds, one in East Leeds and two in South Leeds.
The project works with over 60 young people each week between 10-17years, who have a passion for creative, contemporary dance. The groups regularly come together to collaborate and share ideas which also bring young people together who ordinarily wouldn’t. The group not only take part in dance sessions, they used other art forms within their work such as visual media, photography and film. The group has been working with photographer Amanda Burns and Dance for Film maker Wayne Sables. They have also performed their work at many galas and events across the city and established a strong brand for the project. All dance, film and photographic work was showcased in November 2013 at the Carriageworks Theatre at an exhibition bringing young people from across the city together to explore their issues around smoking through the various art forms.
This project will be continuing using the DAZL Youth Dance Companies exploring issues around smoking, drugs, alcohol and substance misuse.