Diamonds hope to shine on TV

Ruff Diamond dancers during auditions for Got To Dance
Ruff Diamond dancers during auditions for Got To Dance

A DANCE crew from Hartlepool is bidding for television stardom.

Ruff Diamond will be shown auditioning in the third series of the Sky 1 HD show Got To Dance.

The show aims to discover the country’s most talented dance floor divas by scouring the nation for Britain’s best crews, troupes and solo dancers of all styles and ages.

Davina McCall hosts the competition, which offers a cash prize of £250,000.

Auditions are judged by a panel of judges which consists of West End star and actor Adam Garcia, singer and trained dancer Kimberly Wyatt and Ashley Banjo, lead dancer and choreographer of Diversity.

Davina said: “This year the bar has been raised even higher with so many acts worthy of a quarter of a million.”

Eight audition shows have been filmed in Dublin, Glasgow and London.

Following these, the judges must whittle those who made the shortlist down to a final 30, who will then compete across five live semi-final shows. A public vote will decide the eight finalists who will fight for the coveted crown in front of a 6,000-strong audience at Kensington Olympia.

Hartlepool-based Ruff Diamond’s audition will feature on the programme this Sunday at 6pm.

Their biggest dancing achievements so far have included being ranked ninth in the world in the under 18 varsity category at the Hip Hop International World Finals in 2011, and gaining silver in the varsity category of the iDance Hip Hop Championships in both 2010 and 2011.

The crew’s members are aged between 14 and 17 and are taught by choreographer Zac Healey who told the Mail: “We are training really hard at the moment and hoping to do really well. This is our first year in the adult section.”

Zac’s mum, Val runs the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts in Whitby Street South, Hartlepool.