Ruff Diamond maestro Zac in line for major dancing honour

Zac Healey pictured with the dancers.
Zac Healey pictured with the dancers.

A DANCE school choreographer could be in line for a major honour in a year already filled with triumphs.

Zac Healey, 22, has been shortlisted for a Carl Allan Award. The honour is only given to reward people who have made a significant contribution to the dance 

And if he wins, the Hartlepool man will join an illustrious list of stars.

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

This year’s competition will be held on Saturday, October 12, at the White Tower Restaurant Complex in the Pleasure Beach at Blackpool.

Zac who choreographs and dances with Hartlepool street dance crew Ruff Diamond, said: “I feel very privileged to be recognised for my choreography along side some of the best in the industry.”

The awards were first introduced in 1953 by Eric Morley and are held in hugely high regard in the dancing world. Previous guests have included the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal family.

Other notable winners have included Wayne Sleep, who was brought up in Hartlepool and who won the theatre lifetime achievement award last year - the same year that Len Goodman was honoured for his exceptional contribution to dance.

Zac and Ruff Diamond can already look back on a hugely successful year.

They were runners-up in the Sky 1 competition Got To Dance.

Weeks later, they picked up a special recognition honour at this year’s Pride of Hartlepool awards.

Then, they signed up with Beautiful Movements, the company led by former Pussycat Doll and Sky One’s Got to Dance judge, Kimberly Wyatt.

Earlier this summer, the crew were crowned UK adult hip hop champions, and followed that up by coming 16th in the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas.

And thanks to their competition success, they are now in demand at events all over the country.

They supported JLS and Olly Murs at the Royal Albert Hall, in London, on the bill for the Ray of Sunshine children’s charity event.

The crew performed at a BBC dinner in Sutton Coldfield, filmed for the BBC Aidan’s Download dance page, and appeared at a corporate event in Windsor.

Zac added: “To be nominated and shortlisted for a Carl Allan award is incredible.”