Hartlepool dance champion wins crown previously held by Bruce Forsyth, Len Goodman and Torvill and Dean

Zac Healey (right) with his Ruff Diamond crew and their Mail Sports Awards trophy
Zac Healey (right) with his Ruff Diamond crew and their Mail Sports Awards trophy

JUST champion.

That’s Zac Healey, who has brought a prestigious crown for top choreographers back to Hartlepool.

On a night to remember on Saturday, the choreographer of town street dance crew Ruff Diamond won a title at the 2013 Carl Alan awards,

And now his name is added to an illustrious list of previous winners which includes Bruce Forsyth, Len Goodman, Jayne Torvill, and Christopher Dean.

Zac thanked the Dance Teachers Association, his parents for their continued backing and “mostly a big thank you for the people of the North-East for all their support”.

This year’s event was held at the Pleasure Beach Conference Centre, in Blackpool, on Saturday. The honour is the latest success in a phenomenal year for Zac and the street dance crew.

It all started in March this year when the crew reached the finals of the Sky 1 competition Got To Dance, and seemed destined for big things.

The crew then became UK adult hip hop champions, and followed that up by coming 16th in the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas. Then, they won the Inspire category at the Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards.

But now Zac has won one of the biggest honours in the dance world. The Carl Alan Awards honour people who have made a significant contribution to the dance and theatre industry.

The night started with Zac and Ruff Diamond performing a routine for the invited guests. Later, Zac picked up the title.

His proud mum Val Armstrong, who runs the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts, sent a message to the Hartlepool Mail to say: “Zac Healey, Carl Alan winner!!! OMG.”