Project information

Fostering Dance

Access to the arts is known to have a lasting and transformational effect on communities and many aspects of people's lives. ‘Fostering Dance’ will support looked after children and young people in Leeds to access dance provision at no financial cost to their carers.

January 2016 - August 2016

Charity information

Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL)

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  • Need


    A partnership project between Northern School of Contemporary Dance, DAZL & Fostering Services in Leeds highlighted an issue facing many looked after young people accessing dance provision. Those taking part in the project could not have done so without financial support. We want to remove such barriers to access, giving the opportunity take part in to dance classes & projects across the city to support and nurture their future physical, mental and emotional development.


    With the support of Children’s Social Work Service, we would like to hold a pot of money that carers could apply to for their young people to support them attending dance classes in Leeds.
    This would give children aged 10 – 18 years they opportunity to access a variation of dance styles from contemporary, ballet, street, hip hop and cheer dancing. The money would pay for weekly classes or summer courses, plus an amount towards travel support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support looked after children and young people in Leeds to access dance provision


    » Provide a menu of dance styles / classes for looked after young people to attend across Leeds

    Success will be measured in supporting a minimum of 10 young people accessing a dance course or project in Leeds during the 8 month period.

    Aim 2

    Promoting the health and social benefits of dance and creative activity for CYP.


    » Provide progression pathways in dance for children and young people between differing classes / projects across Leeds.

    Young people will be interviewed at the beginning and end of the project to see benefits gained

    Aim 3

    To remove financial barriers for looked after children and young people accessing dance


    » Work with the City networks to inform children and young people of dance opportunities and the funding available

    To support financially their classes and transport

  • Impact


    The project will open new avenues and opportunities for looked after children and young people to access dance activity, to gain confidence and life-long learning skills whilst developing their social networks. Dance is a social activity and will work some way towards reducing the social isolation some children in care feel.


    The risks are that young people will not consistently attend classes due to traveland support issues; this will be supported by staff at DAZl, Yorkshire Dance & NSCD in partnership with Leeds Children’s Social Work making sure provision is made not just for the class but also transportation to and from the venue.


    Donors to this project will receive a mid and end project email update on the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £850 Dance classes variation of classes, courses
      £520 Transport Costs travel to and from venues
      £130 Administration process applications / questionnaires / feedback
  • Background


    Leeds, West Yorkshire – Venues would be dependent on style and class preference of looked after young people but providers would include Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Yorkshire Dance, DAZL, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Dance Studio Leeds, RJC Dance and Northern Ballet


    A minimum of 10 looked after children and young people in Leeds aged 10 – 18 years with an interest in dance.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The partnership of DAZL, Yorkshire Dance and Northern School of Contemporary Dance gives looked after children and young people the opportunity of connecting with dance in many different styles and settings across Leeds from health, community and higher education backgrounds. We can offer high quality progression routes through dance.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tracy Witney– Head Of Learning & Participation At Northern School Of Contemporary Dance

    The dance champion for Leeds and will be the single point of contact for foster children to access dance bursaries and advice on different courses.

    Ian Rodley - Director At Dance Action Zone Leeds

    Aiding NSCD in provision of classes and links to networks across Leeds through the work of DAZL

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