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Lil Diamondz with Alesha Dixon
Lil Diamondz with Alesha Dixon

SPARKLING dance crew Lil Diamondz were today celebrating after becoming national champions.

The Hartlepool crew were today crowned winners of Alesha’s Street Dance Stars, in the CBBC television search for Britain’s best young street dancers.

Hundreds of young people from across the UK put on their dancing shoes to audition for a place in the programme, which was hosted by Alesha Dixon.

But it was Lil Diamondz who locked and popped their way through four rounds of the show to be crowned champions in front of the CBBC cameras today.

Lil’ Diamondz choreographer, Zac Healey, said: “I’m so proud of the whole crew. To win a show like Alesha’s Street Dance stars is just amazing.

“The entire group worked so hard throughout the process, developing and rehearsing their routines, and it’s incredible to see that hard work pay off.

“The competition on the show was tough, but it was an amazing experience and the guys really worked hard as a team. They dug deep to make sure they gave the very best performances they could.”

Lil Diamondz were put through their paces by the expert judging team which consisted of Laurence Olivier award-winning choreographer Kenrick Sandy; internationally acclaimed dancer and So You Think You Can Dance finalist Lizzie Gough; and street dancer Issac ‘Turbo’ Baptiste.

Perri Luc Kiely and Jordan Banjo from UK street dance crew Diversity were also on hand to mentor and support the dance crews as they progressed through the series.

Zac added: “It’s not easy performing in a big studio under lots of bright lights with stars like Alesha Dixon looking on, but they stepped up to the challenge and delivered winning performances throughout.”

Lil Diamondz, made up of eight town youngsters aged between 10 and 13, consist of Ali Rasul, Khan Rasul, Matt Ryder, Charlie Eve, Joel Copeman, Georgia Rowley, Rachel Hanlon and Paris Kennedy.

As well as being crowned Alesha’s Street Dance Stars 2011, Lil Diamondz won the chance to perform at Dance 2011 hosted by Alesha, at The Lowry in Salford Quays tomorrow.

The crew will also take to the stage for a unique performance of their Alesha’s Sreet Dance Stars winning routine as part of the production ‘Some Like it Hip Hop’ at the Peacock Theatre London on October 29.