IT’S official! Dance crew Ruff Diamond have signed up with a celebrity backer – and the gigs are already rolling in.
Hartlepool-based Ruff Diamond were treated to a meal at the weekend after completing the deal to sign up with Beautiful Movements, the company led by former Pussycat Doll and Sky One’s Got to Dance judge, Kimberly Wyatt.
The meal was Kimberly’s way of congratulating the crew for winning the recent UK hiphop championships, as well as for signing up.
And there’s more good news for the crew of Zac Healey, 22, Aaron Staunch and Jason Lund, both 19, Ryan Wilson, Ryan Llewellyn and Lewis Cope, all 18.
They have also been taken on to perform at the Wave FM gig, in Bournemouth, on the same bill as Travis and Paloma Faith.
And they will also be the opening act on the bill for a Sky concert in Edinburgh – in front of 10,000 people, said Mark Watson, who acts as a liaison person for the dance crew between themselves and their manager.
That’s on top of earlier gig announcements which will include:
l Ruff Diamond will be joining the likes of JLS and The Wanted on the line-up for the North East Live event at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.
North East Live will also feature Rita Ora, Little Mix, Lawson, Conor Maynard, Stooshe, Union J, Amelia Lily, James Arthur, and The Vamps on the bill on June 22;
l Performing as the headline act at a university summer ball at Mount Oswald Golf Club, in Durham City;
l Heading to Greece to perform at a private function;
l Performing at a corporate event in Windsor;
l While three members of the dance crew are appearing on an episode of the hit series George Gently, in an episode featuring Pixie Lott.
Further into the year, the Diamonds will be dancing at a Children in Need event.
The massive success comes after Ruff Diamond just missed out on winning Got To Dance.
Mark added: “It shows that you don’t have to win a competition to be successful.”
The guys are to support JLS and Olly Murs at the famous Royal Albert Hall, in London, on the bill for the Ray of Sunshine children’s charity event.