Ruff Diamond star set to expand Urban Rockz dance academy

Ruff Diamond pictured with their award.
Ruff Diamond pictured with their award.

A HARTLEPOOL choreographer is set for another major milestone in an already remarkable year of achievement.

Zac Healey, whose dance crew Ruff Diamond won the Inspire category at the recent Hartlepool Mail Sports Awards, is planning to open another branch of the hugely successful Urban Rockz dance academy which he runs in Hartlepool.

Zac attracts massive interest from young dancers at the academy, but now it is set to expand to bring hiphop to even more people. The new facility will be launched in Middlesbrough today.

The launch of the new extension of the hip hop academy will be at the Rainbow Leisure Centre.

But more good news could follow for Zac this weekend when he hopes to win the choreographer’s category in the Carl Allan Awards in Blackpool.

The honour is only given to reward people who have made a significant contribution to the dance industry.

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 at the Pleasure Beach in Blackpool.

Mark Watson, who acts as a liaison between the Ruff Diamond crew and their manager, said: “Zac is opening his branch of Urban Rockz hip hop academy in Middlesbrough at the Rainbow Leisure Centre.

“And on Saturday, Ruff Diamond have been asked to open the Carl Allan Awards in Blackpool. Following this Zac is up for the choreographers award later in the evening.”

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.