David King is one of the world’s most successful international theatre producers. He leaves his showbiz lifestyle to go undercover in Leeds, looking for people he may be able to help. He’s known in his industry for his no-nonsense approach, but nothing could have prepared him for the shocking event that takes place on The Secret Millionaire. This episode features the DAZL Diamonds, Dance Action Zone Leeds official BCA International Championship winning Cheerdance team.
• The Diamonds are receiving a mass amount of publicity and media coverage as a team such a BBC Look North and SKY Sports events; they also have the UK’s only All Male Cheerdance Squad which has UK and International media buzzing. The DAZL Diamond Boys have been the stars of their own BBC 2 documentary Wonderland “Boy Cheerleaders”, which had over 2 million viewers and even more online. The film has gone on to be shown in USA, Canada, Sweden with an extremely positive response which as resulted in the boys been invited to Europe to showcase what they do! to the European media.
• The DAZL Boys were also the stars of world wide internationally renound DJ Tiesto Vs Mark Knights Ft Dino pop video, “Beautiful World”. The boys worked with fashion label Gio-Goi, mojofuel and Toolroom Records who created the video; you can now see the video on all major music channels in UK and around the world including MTV.
• The DAZL Boys have appeared on The Paul O’Grady Show, BBC Odd Box, The 5 O’clock Show, CBBC – Basil Brush, CBBC News Round, ITV, Channel 5 & BBC News, and more recently Britain’s Got Talent, CBBC’s The Slammer and SKY 1 got to dance series 3 where they performed on stage with Ashley Banjo & Adam Garcia.
• The Boys were also recruited to back the BBC Sports Relief 2012 campaign and sport relief has supported our work in the past. The were also crowned best act in Leeds by Barclay’s part of Barclays live 2009 which has resulted in the boys been successful in more competition and performing at music festivals across the country.
• They will be featured as central characters to the secret millionaire story on Channel 4 across, where they spent time with theatre producer David King.
• The Boys will feature on the BBC across June 2012 along with the rest of DAZL Diamonds as part of the Olympic torch celebrations. The squads regular book for performances such as rugby matches and other events in and around Leeds/ Yorkshire, why not do something a little different and have them at one of your events.
• DAZL Diamonds are BCA International Champions 2008/09/10 & BCA Northern Champions 2008/09/10/11 & BCA North East Champions 2011 & BCA Midlands Champions 2012
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Yorkshire Evening Post & Morley Observer Artical – DAZL Boys
DAZL’s Youth Dance Company performed at Fresh 2012 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday 17th March 2012
The Performance Choreographed by our very own Vicky Mawson with our own DAZL young people performing was amazing. We are very proud of the piece which stemmed from the coverage of the riots in London. Many thanks to our brilliant performers Ellie Atkinson, Chloe Emsley, Joshua Holt, Elliott Morgan and Dylan Brown.
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Susan Press reports on how an impressive new facility is transforming opportunities for youngsters in south Leeds.
The South Leeds Youth Hub, built this year on the site of the old Merlyn Rees High School in Belle Isle, was one of the last schemes to be delivered by the previous Labour government as part of a £270million programme targeting teenagers, vulnerable groups and NEETS – young people not in education, employment or training.
In recent weeks the Hub has been a hive of summer activity, with everything from sport and IT classes to song and dance and lessons in recording music.
This evening, around 30 youngsters will perform a 45-minute musical inspired by the Glee TV series, created with help from community dance project Dazl.
In September activities will be significantly expanded as youth leaders and teachers work in partnership with a range of organisations, including Health for All Leeds, NHS Leeds, and Hunslet Boys and Girls Club.
Made up of seven “zones” offering facilities to schools and community groups, including a mechanics workshop, hair and beauty salon, recording studio, and performance space, the Hub also has a “chill out” zone,
Groups already using the premises include the Signpost project, which works with vulnerable young people aged from 9 to 14.
Community outreach workers from Leeds United and members of the business community are also getting involved in the bid to improve life chances for children in one of the most disdvantaged parts of Leeds. Careers counselling and health education also form part of the mix.
Coun Judith Blake, Executive Member for Children’s Services and Chair of the Hub’s Partnership Board,said: “During the day there are all sorts of opportunities for schools to do off-site activities to enhance their curriculums. Other projects work with vulnerable groups, including children who are at risk of exclusion.
“We are also there to hold families together and offer advice to help young people ready for the world of work.”
“We have been building the Hub for the past few months and are now looking to increase the work we do to full strength capacity and focus on a wider age range.
“It is up to all of us in the community to demonstrate what we can do with these facilities and keep our young people engaged and active.”
The centre manager, Leon Reed, said a key task is to ensure that by the autumn the South Leeds Hub will be open to the community seven days a week with over 80 hours’ of activity on offer.
“As the cogs get turning, more and more organisations are coming on board,” he said.