What we do
DAZL uses community development principles and practice along with dance to deliver health outputs and reduce inequalities for communities who face the poorest health. Children’s and young people’s physical inactivity, obesity and emotional wellbeing are particular issues addressed.
DAZL responds to the needs of the local community in Leeds. By offering high quality, fun, relevant and accessible dance opportunities, from jazz and contemporary to street and hip-hop, it aims to improve health and wellbeing for children and young people aged three to 25. It provides year-round opportunities and in 2014 alone worked with over 7,500 young people in deprived communities. It could support further programmes through advice, training and consultancy.
DAZL has been supported by public health providers for the past 15 years and has a track record of meeting and exceeding their outputs. It is working with Leeds City Council Public Health Department and the Leeds Beckett University on research to contribute to the evidence base for community dance and health.
Rather than always using direct health-based messages, DAZL promotes physical activity and healthy eating in a form that young people and their families at high risk want to share. Tapping into a parent’s desire for their child to have a good time will be much more effective in achieving behaviour change than telling people to be active for an hour a day.
Janice Burberry, Children’s Lead in Public Health, Leeds City Council