An academy that really Rockz is set for a ‘first’

Urban Rockz.
Urban Rockz.

A dance academy is getting ready to hold two nights of a brand new production.

And they are the first ever street dance shows which will be staged at the Town Hall Theatre in Hartlepool.

The Urban Rockz Academy in the town will present a show called The Next Level Reloaded on Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 8.

Performances will be given at 7pm each night and doors open at 6.30pm. The show will be held at the Town Hall Theatre which is in Raby Road.

Tickets are £10 or £9 for those on concessions.

The academy is based in Whitby Street South in Hartlepool and is part of the set-up which also includes the Val Armstrong School of Performing Arts.

Zac Healey is the founder of Urban Rockz and has already held two shows which were sellouts at a different venue.

But Zac decided the time was now right to look for a bigger venue to hold his third show.

The decision cme after the success of the first two shows which were called The Takeover and The Next Level.

Now comes The Next Level Reloaded which has been produced and choreographed by Zac and his academy.

Urban Rockz is totally dedicated to street dance and the academy is also the home of hip hop heroes Ruff Diamond, who are choreographed by Zac and who enjoyed television fame when they were runners-up in the Sky 1 competition Got To Dance in 2013.

That run of success also included becoming UK adult hip hop champions, and the crew shone at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas - all within the space of a year.

Their running streak continued and late last year, the Ruffs were crowned both World Of Dance UK Champions and 2015 HHI UK Champions.

But as well as Ruff Diamond, Urban Rockz is also home to numerous other talented crews and national champions.

Now comes a chance to watch the dancers in action.

The Next Level Reloaded is described by organisers as a show which takes the audience on a timeline of the street dance culture.

It features routines and tributes to icons such as James Brown, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, and Daft Punk.

Tickets to see the show are available from the studios in Whitby Street South, from the Town Hall Theatre box office, or by calling (01429) 890000.