A DANCE crew are on cloud nine after being crowned champions of the world in their category.
And for The Diamond Crew, it’s a massive honour as it was only the second competition they have ever entered.
The 13 members of the Hartlepool crew are trained and choreographed by Zac Healey who competes himself with Ruff Diamond.
TDC is the latest crew to come out of the Urban Rockz academy based at the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts, in Whitby Street South.
Zac added: “From August 23 to August 25, it was the UDO World Streetdance Championships at the SECC Centre in Glasgow.
“I entered The Diamond Crew into the competition. They qualified back in November by coming second out of 20 crews in Sheffield at the UDO Yorkshire qualifier.
“They were entered into the over-18 newcomer section and in Glasgow, they competed against other crews from all over the UK as well as international crews.
“They danced fantastically and managed to secure first place. They are now the UDO Over 18, Newcomer world champions!”
Delighted Zac added: “It is a massive achievement as they beat off competition from 24 other crews in their category. For TDC to not only compete but win is phenomenal.
“They are still on cloud nine.”
The news is yet another boost for Zac in a phenomenal year.
Zac, 22, has been shortlisted for a Carl Allan Award. The honour is only given to reward people who have made a significant contribution to the dance industry.
This year’s competition will be held on Saturday, October 12, at the White Tower Restaurant Complex in the Pleasure Beach at Blackpool.
On top of that, Zac and Ruff Diamond were also runners-up in the Sky 1 competition Got To Dance earlier this year.
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.
After that, the crew were crowned UK adult hip hop champions and followed that up by coming 16th in the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas.