Town dance teams reach world finals

The Diamond Allstars with their silver medals from the idance UK Hip Hop Championships.

The Diamond Allstars with their silver medals from the idance UK Hip Hop Championships.

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DANCERS from Hartlepool proved themselves to be three-mendous when they qualified for a world championships – in triplicate.

Three teams from the town took part in the idance UK Hip Hop Dance Championships in Watford last weekend and every one of them finished in the silver medal position.

Members of Nu Diamond, pictured just minutes before their impressive performance.

Members of Nu Diamond, pictured just minutes before their impressive performance.

And because two teams qualify for the next stage, it means all three Hartlepool teams will represent the UK at World Hip Hop Dance Championship at the Red Rock Hotel, in Las Vegas.

It is a fantastic achievement for the town and the dream comes true at the world event which is held from Tuesday, July 31, to Sunday, August 5.

Zac Healey is the choreographer for the three crews who are all based at the Whitby Street South studio home of the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts.

He said: “They really pulled it out. We saw the other crews and we really thought we would struggle this year.

Ruff Diamond pictured at the idance UK Hip Hop Championships.

Ruff Diamond pictured at the idance UK Hip Hop Championships.

“But we seemed to come together and pull it out when it really mattered.”

The Ruff Diamond crew, made up of dancers aged 17 to 21, took second spot in the adult section against 20 other crews. Zac said: “We were only 0.1 of a point off first place.”

The Diamond Allstars, a crew of 11 to 14-year-olds, were second in the varsity category while Nu Diamond, a team of nine to 12-year-olds in the junior section, also took silver.

Zac said the Hartlepool contingent was so overjoyed at their performance they forget to listen out for the individual scores.

Last year Hartlepool had two crews at the world event after Ruff Diamond reached the finals and finished ninth in the varsity category, while junior crew Lil Diamondz were 18th.

See Wednesday’s Pride of Hartlepool award supplement for more on choreographer Zac Healey.