Check out Hartlepool’s first dedicated street dance studio opening this weekend

Zac Healey in his new dance studio.

The new Ruff Diamond Academy on Osborne Road will be held this Sunday on an open day.

Zac Healey meticulously added extra amenities to the Walmsley Hall studio, such as upgrading the floor, adding a picture window, and a wall of mirrors.

He also built waiting rooms and put in professional-grade speakers and people can see him in person on Sundays as long as they book in advance

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Zac Healey outside his new dance studio. Photo by FRANK REID

There are two free trial lessons. One is at noon for young people (ages 4 to 10) and the second at 1pm is for 11 and older.

Zac said: “We want this to be a home for the Hartlepool dance community and not just for street dancing.”

It led to other great triumphs for the crew.

Zac Healey in the new dance studio. Photo by FRANK REID

In the same year, Ruff Diamond received special recognition at the Best of Hartlepool Awards. They also appeared in front of 11 million viewers on the Children in Need TV show.

In 2014, the troupe was crowned British adult hip hop champions and ranked 16th at the hip hop world championships in Las Vegas.

In 2015, Zac won both the young performer and choreographer categories at the Carl Alan Awards in Blackpool, following in the footsteps of previous winners including Bruce Forsyth, Darcey Bussell, Wayne Sleep, Roy Castle and Freda Compton.

Zac said: “I am delighted to continue the legacy of the crew. It is the first studio dedicated to street dance but there will be other class styles. It will be mostly street dance, but we want to offer something for everyone. “

Zac Healey who gave the Mail a look inside his new dance studio.

Zac said he used his years of traveling the world to get inspiration for the study. “We want to create facilities of the same standard that you would see in big UK cities.”

To book for the open day, visit the Ruff Diamond page on Instagram or write to

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The new dance studio. Photo by FRANK REID

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Zac Healey in his new dance studio. Photo by FRANK REID
Ruff Diamond members (left to right) Zac Healey, Aaron Staunch, Ryan Llewellyn, Jason Lund, Lewis Cope and Ryan Wilson pictured in 2013 when they danced for TV success.

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