DAZL Garden Groovers plan to have Dadtastic Day Dancing!

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Join Leeds Dads on Sun 19 July for #DadstasticDay! This year they are helping to keep Leeds safe from Covid-19 by streaming all of their activities direct to your homes.

Entertainment includes:
dance, singing, beatboxing, den building, stories, magic and so much more.

DAZL will be delivering x2 Garden Groover’s Workshops, the first at 12pm and then at 3pm

DAZL Garden Groovers Social Distancing Doorstep Dance Program

They also have 1,000 amazing activity packs up for grabs to go along with their craft workshops.

Check out the full lineup at leedsdads.org/dadstastic and remember to sign up for your Dadstastic Day 2020 activity packs!

Dadtastic Line Up

#DadstasticDay is free to attend and always will be.
If you would like to donate to Leeds Dads, however, please text DADS then a number to 70085.
(Example DADS 2 would be £2, DADS 5 would be £5 – max donation is £20)

DAZL COVID-19 March-June 2020 Report

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Here are some of our Covid-19 stats

  • We have had 75,562 views to our regular online Facebook live classes.
  • We have delivered 140 online classes.
  • Recorded 60 video classes, Garden Groover’s and activity videos with 34,488 views
  • Delivered 24 Garden Groover’s session & engaged 684 people but has 337 dancing.
  • We have delivered 444 food parcels to families in need each person has had 86 meals.

PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND READ THE DAZL COVID-19 Q1 REPORT – THIS IS FULL OF GOOD NEWS STORIES ON THE IMPACT OF OUR WORK SO FAR.

Here is some feedback from the Lucy and her mum

LUCY AGE 4 YEARS

DAZL Celebrate Pride Month 2020, Dancing with Pride!

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To celebrate #PrideMonth hosted a free online family dance competition #DanceWithPrideDAZL  on Instagram supported by Leeds City Council Community Committees and Leeds Public Health. The event took place on World Pride Day Sunday 28th June 2020.

181 dancer took part throughout the day in the family dance event. DAZL had the whole family moving from sibling duos to mum’s and dads with their children and much more. All the participating dancers received a certificate, medal and for the winners and those lucky winners of the judge’s special awards, also received a DAZL Pride T-Shirt.

Please checkout some of the lovely feedback below

It was an entertaining day watching children and adults doing what they love to do. We enjoyed watching such a variety of different styles. The part we loved the most was the personal touches – each entry was given such positive feedback which we think everyone appreciated and the awards being presented via video kept it exciting. We would love to take part again in the future! Thank you – Club 68 Brook & Stepdad Nick

Brooke & Nick
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Just want to say a huge massive thank you for everything you do for us and for uploading Katy’s video for her. This has really lifted her spirits and doing the competition. Enjoy the rest of your evening and thank you so much again Amanda (Mum) & Katy

Katy from DAZL Inclusive Dance Team

Hi I’d just like to say we loved how you all did  the videos speeches and  results. This was so  different & lovey. We  just loved the whole day, the team have all worked great and pulled it off a fantastic event – Merci Mae & Dad

Merci Mae & Her Dad

Thank you to all the participants and families who took part from us all at Dance Action Zone Leeds.

For more information on this event please visit www.instagram.com/danceactionzoneleeds

The Fabulous DAZL Dance With Pride Judges

“Dancing in the street with DAZL’s Garden Groovers” – South Leeds Life Newspaper

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The Residents of Intake Square were dancing in the street as DAZL brought their Garden Groovers project to Middleton last Wednesday (27 May 2020).

Garden Groovers is a one hour outdoor dance session, led by DAZL’s professional dance leaders. You don’t have to travel and you can keep your safe ‘social distance’ whilst you make your moves. It’s an easy class that anyone of any age can join in, or you can just come to your gate and clap along to the music.

Ian Rodley, DAZL’s Director, said:

“The sessions have been really successful, we had 70 people engaged at Intake Square, it was fantastic.

“I want say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who has been involved and especially  the Youth & Community Team at BARCA who have been brilliant.

“We just want to get people together, get them dancing and having fun. If you want Garden Groovers on your street, get in touch.

Sessions are already lined up for Nesfield Gardens, Sissons Road, Lingwell Approach and Windmill Road, Broom Terrace and more to follow.

Film by Wayne Sable

Garden Groovers isn’t the only thing DAZL has been busy with during the lockdown. As soon as it had to cancel physical classes, DAZL took all their groups online. You can carry on with your weekly dance class via Facebook – full details of how to sign up safely are on the DAZL website here.

They have also been delivering food parcels to 40 families in South Leeds each week and from next week they will double that to cover 80 families. The parcels include an activity pack with dance activities for those who can’t access the internet. For more information Please contact Amy & Chrisie via email – [email protected] or Call/Text 07519 018675.

DAZL has been involved in the Healthy Holidays work in Leeds for several years now, providing lunches at their activity camps during school holidays. The work has also involved teaching children about eating a healthy diet.

“DAZL isn’t just about physical activity, although that’s at the core of what we do” explains Ian. “It’s about helping young people to be healthy, whether that’s movement, healthy eating or mental health.”

DAZL’s community focus stretches to a weekly check-in phone call to parents to make sure they’re coping and offer help and advice.

Garden Groovers is funded by Leeds Community Foundation‘s Healthy Holidays and Leeds Inspired

All working together to support our communities

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Part of the DAZL Healthy Holidays Leeds program, funded by the Leeds Community Foundation. DAZL has been providing not only online dance and our popular Garden Groovers program. We are providing families in need of support with food parcels each week. Every Monday, DAZL is supplying 40 families’ which is 118 people with food. DAZL has extended this offer to Tuesdays, providing 35 families which is 82 people with food. All the families are from the Leeds 10 and Leeds 11 post codes. DAZL has been working in partnership with Fare Share Yorkshire who are supplying the food each week. DAZL has been so lucky that we have also had support from FOX’s Biscuits, Warburtons and ASDA Middleton to widen our food provision.

The families also get the following three inserts please feel free to download.

In addition to this work the DAZL Community Facilitator Chrisie Emmonds and Dance & Health Specialist Amy Smith have been working with a team volunteers from 5ways Recovery Centre Leeds. These volunteers have been vital to our work and we cant thank them enough.

The film above created by Wayne Sables Project is a little snapshot of the vital work which has been happening. Thank you to everyone involved, your all wonderful.

Dance Impacts dance advocacy film – #CYPDNN

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Dance is all setting is so important and especially right now. Here is the link to our #DanceImpacts dance advocacy film, please use this to help support dance for children and young people wherever you can! Share your news and use the #DanceImpacts 

Dance has so many positive impacts on children and young people. Dance can impact culturally, physically, mentally, socially and creatively. In this CYPDNN  #DanceImpacts advocacy film we witness first hand some of these benefits and hear from children and young people, their teachers and leaders, funders and supporters, advocates and others. Please view, share, like and use the film to support dance for children and young people where you are.

Alongside the film, CYPDNN have drawn together a range of supporting and useful resources available to CYPDNN members, that highlight dance and creative subjects, its popularity and usefulness, its importance and relevance  and cover a range of statistics, quotes and opinions. These also look at the apparent decline in the dance offer for children and young people in school settings. Dance provision is often patchy or under threat from cuts or being reduced in school timetables in favour of other subject areas. Despite the clear impacts and benefits, it appears that dance is in decline in many of these educational settings and that dance is deemed a less rigorous or realistic subject to take at GSCE and A Level.

Share your experiences and highlight how #DanceImpacts you and the children and young people you know or work with. Use the hashtag  #DanceImpacts and tag CYPDNN and together we can raise awareness and advocate better for dance for children and young people across the North.

Twitter @cypdancenetwork Instagram CYPDNN

#DanceImpacts – you can request our resources list by emailing [email protected] 

To join the CYPDNN network FREE use this link http://www.cypdancenetworknorth.org/join

DAZL support young peoples’ mental health during lockdown. Supported by Leeds Public Health & Sport England

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ClubMatters Sport England caught up with DAZL to see how they are continuing to support young peoples’ physical and mental wellbeing!

We hear from young people, instructors, parents, and Leeds Beckett University on the difference that DAZL are making to the lives on young people across Leeds.

Supported by StreetGames satellite club funding they have also enabled young people to support the running of sessions that are led by a strong youth voice!

DAZL are a community organisation, passionate about enabling young people from deprived areas of Leeds. By using dance as an accessible, engaging tool to support the reduction in physical and mental health inequalities, DAZL have built a fantastic reputation within Leeds and positively impacted the lives of countless young people.

DAZL discusses the physical and mental benefits of dance for young people through Coronavirus! – Click below to watch the film.

DAZL Food Provision -Extra Day

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DAZL – COVID-19 Healthy Holidays extra Provision on Tuesdays!

DAZL in partnership with FareShare Yorkshire and Leeds Public Health part of the #HHLeedsCovid19 provision. We will be providing up to 40 families maximum per day (Monday’s & Tuesdays) from South Leeds LS10 & LS11 posts code each week with food for nutritious meals, food parcels.

#MondaysFullyBookedUp but have space for Tuesday

The DAZL team will continue to follow government guidelines and social distancing measures whilst distributing food from Middleton Community Centre, Middleton Park Avenue, Leeds, LS10. Collections/ deliveries 1-3pm on Monday & Tuesdays.

We cant guarantee what food will be in the parcels but their will be enough to support a few days meals for a family. This service will be on offer until 18th August 2020.

What else is in my weekly parcel?
Food for the family
Dance at home activity pack to keep family active
Change4Life activity pack and recipe sheet to keep family healthy
Children’s at home activities
DAZL Online FREE dance activities for those who can access the internet

For information on Fare Share Yorkshire and how you can get involved to support their work during the challenges of COVID-19 visit https://fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-centres/yorkshire/

Please contact Chrisie Emmonds via email – [email protected] or Call/Text 07519018675 she will then ask you some simple questions for our monitoring and coordinate our offer.

Dance with PRIDE digital dance competition hosted by DAZL.

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To celebrate #PrideMonth we’re hosting a free online dance comp #DanceWithPrideDAZL 🌈 on Instagram, Sunday 28th June 2020.

You need to Create a 50sec dance & upload to your Instagram tagging @danceactionzoneleeds at your specific dance sections time throughout the day.

Their will be Solo, Sibling Duo & Parent Duo sections and a 10yrs & under division and 11yrs + division. If we have many entries we will simply add more ages divisions on the day. They will then be announced at the end of the day with all the winners. All dancers, duos will receive our fabulous rainbow certificates.🌈

Each dancer can enter only 1 division each.

We have 6 winners per section, one for every colour of the rainbow 🌈 everyone will receive Rainbow medals & certificates and we will also have some special judges choice #DanceWithPrideDAZL prizes for one lucky individual or duo from each section.

We will have two judges per section and different judges for each division. The judges will be announced at a later date.

Remember be fabulous, shine bright and their is no such thing as too much glitter, so feel free to go wild with the costumes. 🌈

We hope your all join us!

All dance schools, groups and individual dancers are welcome 🌈

Make sure you add @danceactionzoneleeds on Instagram and happy #PrideMonth everyone 🌈

Garden Groovers – Social Distancing Doorstep Dance

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DAZL & BARCA Leeds working across Bramley West Leeds – Filmed by Wayne Sables

DAZL & BARCA have been involved in the Healthy Holiday COVID-19 Fund supported by Leeds Community Foundation. The partnership has been wonderful and both organisations are committed to supporting the communities we serve. DAZL’s community focus approaches also stretches beyond dancing to food provision for families in need and to a weekly check-in phone call to parents to make sure they’re coping and offer help and advice.

“DAZL isn’t just about physical activity, although that’s at the core of what we do”

“It’s about helping young people to be healthy, whether that’s movement, healthy eating or mental health.”

Garden Groovers across the city is funded by Leeds Community Foundation‘s Healthy Holidays, Leeds Inspired and Leeds Public Health.

DAZL get south Leeds dancing in the streets – filmed by Wayne Sables

The Residents of Intake Square were the first South Leeds, dancing in the street part of our Garden Groovers project.

Garden Groovers is a one hour outdoor dance session, led by DAZL’s professional dance leaders. You don’t have to travel and you can keep your safe ‘social distance’ whilst you make your moves. It’s an easy class that anyone of any age can join in, or you can just come to your gate and clap along to the music.

Ian Rodley, DAZL’s Director, said:

“The sessions have been really successful, we had 70 people engaged at Intake Square, it was fantastic.

“I want say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who has been involved and especially  the Youth & Community Team at BARCA who have been brilliant.

“We just want to get people together, get them dancing and having fun. If you want Garden Groovers on your street, get in touch.

Sessions are already lined up for Nesfield Gardens, Sissons Road, Lingwell Approach and Windmill Road in South Leeds. Session in Harehills and Seacroft planned too.

If you want Garden Groovers on your street contact [email protected] or call/text 07519018675