Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL)

DAZL reduces health inequalities by engaging children and young people from disadvantaged areas of Leeds in dance. The programme uses community development approaches training local people as dance leaders to run the dance programmes in their community. DAZL is funded by Leeds City Council Public Health and engages over 1000 children and young people aged 3 – 25 years per week in dance activity. Programmes include regular street dance activity, contemporary dance projects, competitive cheer dance squads and large-scale performances. In the past three years DAZL has engaged 9000 children and young people in regular dance activity. Of these 48% were less active children and 76% DAZL were girls.