TOP dance crew Ruff Diamond are to perform on the live Children in Need show.
The Hartlepool crew has been chosen for a 9pm appearance on Friday night’s spectacular which means they will be performing to an expected audience of 11 million people.
The fine details of their slot are being kept a closely guarded secret until the night of the event.
But Mark Watson, who acts as a liaison between the Ruff Diamond crew and their manager, said: “The lads are elated to be on prime time television on the BBC in front of 11 million people. It is big news for them.”
The show is only one highlight of a massively busy week for the crew.
On Tuesday, they were dancing at Canary Wharf as part of a sponsored Children in Need event.
They are there to impress the crowds who are there to try and break the world record for the longest ice-skating conga.
On Thursday and Friday, they were planning to be in rehearsals for the Friday show.
And next weekend, they have been booked to dance at a bah mitzvah at a five-star hotel in London.
Ruff Diamond have already been part of this year’s Children in Need events.
They performed for the stars at a black-tie dinner held last month at the Battersea Excel Arena, in London.
In a year to remember, Ruff Diamond were runners-up in the Sky 1 competition Got To Dance.
Weeks later they picked up a special recognition honour at this year’s Pride of Hartlepool awards. Then they signed up with Beautiful Movements, the company led by former Pussycat Doll and Sky One’s Got to Dance judge Kimberly Wyatt.
The crew were crowned UK adult hip hop champions and came 16th in the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas.
They then won the Inspire category at the Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards.
Crew choreographer Zac Healey has enjoyed success himself as well.
He recently launched a new branch of his Hartlepool-based hip hop academy at the Rainbow Leisure Centre, in Middlesbrough.
And he was also crowned as the winner of the choreographer’s category in the Carl Allan Awards which were held in Blackpool last weekend. Previous winners include Wayne Sleep and Arlene Phillips.