Kick Off Boys Youth Dance Project started as a pilot in 2016 between Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) and Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL). The small-scale pilot project worked with 10 boys from varying backgrounds across Leeds. Following the pilot’s great success, in 2017 Phoenix Dance Theatre and Leeds City College also joined in partnership on the project.
Combining resources, we are now able to offer weekly classes, half-term intensives, performance opportunities and film projects. In 2018, the Kick Off boys have performed at:
The main cohort is aged 12–18 years, with some older members from Leeds City College acting as mentors to the younger participants. Most recently, the boys have been working on a project with Kick Off lead artist Donald Edwards called ‘Painted Faces’. The piece focuses on mental health in young males and has been supported by training from Space 2 Leeds. The dynamic and layered performance will include live dance, film and installation. The project was launched on 4th July 2018 at Leeds City College.
Sessions run once a week Tuesdays 6pm – 7.30pm at Leeds City College Park Lane Campus. Classes are energetic and develop strength, coordination and courage. You will work with other boys to improve your dance skills and to make pieces to be performed around Leeds.
Working with dance professionals you will have the opportunity to choreograph and perform at venues across Leeds, including Riley Theatre, Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds City College and Morley Town Hall.
Kick Off is an all-male youth dance group in Leeds and we are looking for boys aged 12-18. If you are interested in joining our weekly sessions, click the button below to fill in an online application form.Join the project
"Dance has the ability and power to engage…It offers the strength to challenge and the grace to question. This is why dance is a brilliant medium for boys to explore their creativity and physicality. 2Faced Dance Company was formed out of an all-male youth dance company and has enabled many young men to go onto further training and become professional dancers and choreographers. I would really recommend this all male youth dance company to any young man wishing to start dancing in an environment that is comfortable, trusting and enables you to push your physical limits." Tamsin Fitzgerald - Artistic Director 2 Faced Dance Company