What a year that was for the Ruffs

Ruff Diamond, pictured outside the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts. From left, Lewis Cope, Ryan Llewellyn, Ryan Wilson, Jason Lund, Aaron Staunch and Zac Healey.
Ruff Diamond, pictured outside the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts. From left, Lewis Cope, Ryan Llewellyn, Ryan Wilson, Jason Lund, Aaron Staunch and Zac Healey.

A STREET dance crew is hoping for more of the same success in 2014 after a year to remember.

Ruff Diamond brought an end to 2013 with a string of performances at corporate events.

The crew’s choreographer Zac Healey told Dance Fever: “We pretty much performed every weekend for six weeks.”

He said the list included performing for the Salford Reds rugby league team Christmas party which he described as “pretty cool”.

In the space of another two days, the Ruffs performed at a corporate event in the Botanical Gardens, in Birmingham, before doing the same at a gig in Watford the next day with Michael McIntyre.

Mark Watson, who acts as a liaison person between the Ruff Diamond crew and their manager, said: “There are already pieces of work coming in for 2014.”

Last year was a spectacular 12 months for Ruff Diamond.

They were runners-up in the Sky 1 competition Got To Dance.

Weeks later they picked up a special recognition honour at the Pride of Hartlepool awards.

And within a matter of days after that, 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 followed it up by finishing 16th in the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas.

They then won the Inspire category at the Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards while Zac enjoyed a year of 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 Autumn.