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Li'l Diamondz

Li'l Diamondz

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A GROUP of talented young street dancers from Hartlepool are set to dazzle the nation after being picked to star in a new BBC show.

Hip hop dance crew Li’l Diamondz will appear in the new children’s TV programme Alesha’s Street Dance Stars.

The show will see pop singer and TV presenter Alesha Dixon scour the nation in search of the most jaw-dropping routines and acrobatic dance skills.

Li’l Diamondz, made up of eight town youngsters aged between 10 and 13, are one of just 24 dance groups to be selected for the programme.

Choreographer Zac Healey, 20, said: “It is a massive achievement for the crew. Nearly 200 auditioned for the show and to get in the top 24 is a huge achievement.”

Li’l Diamondz were formed out of members of Zac’s The Urban Rockz Hip Hop Academy just last September.

They train at the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts Studio in Whitby Street South, Hartlepool.

The crew is made up of Ali Rasul, Khan Rasul, Matt Ryder, Charlie Eve, Joel Copeman, Georgia Rowley, Rachel Hanlon and Paris Kennedy.

Zac added: “The kids are really good to work with, they are really talented and determined.

“They all bring something different to the group, there are quite a lot of characters in it.”

Crews will compete in a series of auditions, rounds and finals over the coming months with one group winning the title of Alesha’s Street Dance Stars and a money cannot buy prize.

Alesha said: “Street dance has taken the nation by storm and I am delighted to be fronting this brand new series showcasing the UK’s most talented young crews.”

Damian Kavanagh, controller of CBBC, added: “Alesha is the perfect host for the series, she knows what it is like to have to judge and be judged on dancing skills, is a fantastic dancer and our audience adore her.”

Members of Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity will mentor and support the kids as they progress through the competition heats.