Diamond times for Zac and Val after nominations for Carl Alan Awards

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A MOTHER and son are hoping to become national winners after they were both shortlisted for honours in a competition for top choreographers.

Zac Healey and his mum Val Armstrong, from Hartlepool, are in the hunt for honours in this year’s Carl Alan Awards. The prestigious annual awards recognise people who have made a significant contribution to the dance and theatre industry.

VAL Armstrong who is in the running for a Carl Alan award

VAL Armstrong who is in the running for a Carl Alan award

Previous winners have included Bruce Forsyth, Len Goodman, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, Jennifer Ellison and Darcey Bussell.

Last year, Zac was victorious in the performers award freestyle section of the competition held in Blackpool. This year, he’s back in the running for a choreographer title at the awards held in the White Tower Restaurant Complex of the Pleasure Beach in Blackpool.

And in another category, Val is shortlisted for honours.

Val told Dance Fever: “I feel really honoured, especially as Zac is also shortlisted. It is unbelievable to think that we are both in the running as there are so many people out there who were nominated.

“For us both to get to the final three in our categories is amazing”.

The Carl Alan awards were first introduced in 1953 by Eric Morley.

Other previous winners have included Roy Castle, Rosemarie Ford, Wayne Sleep, and Arlene Phillips.

Meanwhile, Zac’s Urban Rockz Dance Studio is auditioning for up to 30 people to form a brand new outfit, and it won’t just be from people within Urban Rockz.

Zac wants dancers for next year’s Hip Hop International UK championships. If they win that contest, they qualify for the hiphop world competition in Las Vegas.

Auditioning is at the Urban Rockz studio in Whitby Street South on Sunday, October 12. Dancers aged from seven to 12 will audition between 1pm and 4pm. Those aged 13 and over should attend from 4pm to 8pm.