World Class New Zealanders are high achieving New Zealanders who are making their mark on the world and defining NZ’s image internationally. Kea sat down with World Class New Zealander Parris Goebel for a Q&A about her journey, being a New Zealander and what advice she has for New Zealanders going forward.
Parris has worked with some of the biggest artists in the music industry, including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna. Her dance crew, Parris and her crew appeared on American Idol, America’s Best Dance Crew and Dancing with the Star US and Australia. Parris went on to choreograph Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: One show, the American film Step Up: All In and New Zealand’s first hip-hop featured film Born to Dance. Parris also appeared in the documentary, Jennifer Lopez: Dance Again.
Parris’s dance crew ReQuest, an all-female hip hop dance crew went on to win Gold at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in 2009, 2010 and silver in 2011. ReQuest also placed first at the World Supremacy Battlegrounds in 2009 and were the
champions of the 2012 Body Rock Dance Competition. In 2011 Parris founded the dance crew Royal Family who went on to win Gold at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in 2011, 2012, 2013 and silver in 2015.
Parris herself has won both Street Dance New Zealand Choreographer of the Year and Female Choreographer of the Year twice at the World of Dance Awards.
Parris and her father run The Palace Dance Studio in Auckland which is home to 7 award winning dance crews is one of the most recognised studios in the industry. Hopeful dancers audition from all around the world to be part of Parris’s hand-picked crews. The Parris Goebel touch is now coveted and this kiwi’s empire is quickly becoming dance royalty.
To add to this, Parris won the Young Leader award at the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards, the Top Variety Artist Award from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Inc. and Young New Zealander of the Year with the Coca Cola Amatil New Zealander of the Year.