Diamondz hope for TV sparkle

Lil Diamondz at the recent World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas

Lil Diamondz at the recent World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas

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A DIAMOND dance crew is hoping for a sparkling television showing – just days after impressing on a world stage.

Hip hop dance crew Lil Diamondz are just days away from appearing on a TV programme which is expected to attract millions of viewers.

The Hartlepool team is one of 24 dance crews out of 200 across the country to make it onto children’s TV programme, Alesha’s Street Dance Stars.

And although we can’t reveal how the crew did in the BBC competition, viewers won’t have long to wait to find out for themselves.

The programme will be aired on the BBC each week night from Monday, August 22, for two weeks, at a broadcast time yet to be announced.

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

Lil 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.

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

Choreographer Zac Healey is already massively proud of the crew and said he had high hopes of them doing well in competitions, especially after they finished 18th in the recent World Hip Hop Championships where they competed for the very first time this year.

He said: “They are young and they were new to the world championships yet they still came 18th in the world. There is a lot of very big talent in that crew and they are already proving their potential.

“Our hopes for next year will be to first do well in the UK championships. The standard in that is getting higher each year.

“Then, we will go to the worlds looking to improve on this year’s placing and to make further progress.”

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