Hartlepool’s award-winning academies to host open days

Rough Diamond, pictured outside the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts

Rough Diamond, pictured outside the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts

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TWO dance academies have revealed plans to hold an open day.

The Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts, in Whitby Street South, in Hartlepool, and the Urban Rockz Academy which is run by choreographer Zac Healey at the same venue, will open their doors next weekend.

People can come along from 3pm next Sunday, September 7, to find out more about the venue which has unveiled numerous champions in all forms of dance.

Both academies are hugely popular.

As well as dancing, Val’s students have been regularly casting for directors, clients and producers around the country through the in-house agency which is based at the Val Armstrong School.

Val has vast experience in the dance industry and can boast more than 30 years in the dance profession.

Zac, whose dance crew Ruff Diamond won the Inspire category at last year’s Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards, attracts massive interest from young dancers at the academy.

Zac is also an award-winner after triumphing in the choreographer’s category in the Carl Allan Awards in Blackpool last year.

Previous winners have included Jennifer Ellison, Roy Castle, Darcey Bussell, and Arlene Phillips.

Zac’s talents also extend to choreographing award-winning dance crews.

One group of dancers, called TDC won the newcomer section at the UDO World Streetdance Championships which were held at the SECC Centre in Glasgow, last year.

And Zac’s own crew Ruff Diamond have enjoyed massive success. They were runners-up in the Sky 1 competition Got To Dance in 2013, and then went on to become UK hiphop champions in the same year.

l Next week – Val’s star students shine at national competition.