Parris Goebel

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Parris Goebel

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Goebel in 2020
Parris Renee Goebel

1991/1992 (age 28–29)[1]
Manurewa, New Zealand
EducationAuckland Girls' Grammar School
OccupationChoreographer, dancer, singer, actress and director
Years active2014-present
  • Brett Goebel (father)

Parris Renee Goebel MNZM (/ˈɡbəl/[2]), also known professionally as Parris, is a New Zealand choreographer, dancer, singer, director and actress. She is the founder and main choreographer of the dance school "The Palace Dance Studio", in which groups such as: ReQuest, Sorority, Bubblegum and The Royal Family stand out, the latter has won the World Hip Hop Dance Championship three times in a row, becoming the first group in history to achieve it.[1]

Early life[edit]

Goebel is of Samoan, Chinese, and Scottish descent.[3] She was interested in dance from a young age and started hip-hop dance lessons when she was 10. When she was 15, she started the dance group ReQuest with four friends.[1] Initially they practiced in Goebel's aunt's garage and later at her father's warehouse.[1] After a year working together, they went to the Monsters of Hip Hop Dance Convention in the United States and Goebel was selected to dance in the finale performance of the convention.[1]

Following the convention, Goebel left Auckland Girls' Grammar School to concentrate on her dancing.[1]


Goebel has worked with artists including Ciara, Ariana Grande, Little Mix, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Big Bang, 2NE1, CL, Taeyang.[1][4] Her work has included choreographing routines and starring in music videos and movies. One of her notable successes was her work choreographing the music video for Justin Bieber's 2015 song "Sorry", which as of January 2020 is the 8th most viewed video on YouTube with more than 3 billion views.[5] The video later won the "Video of the Year" award at the 2016 American Music Awards.[6] Goebel went on to choreograph and direct all thirteen of Justin Bieber's Purpose: The Movement videos.[7] These videos have totaled over 5.3 billion views combined as of January 2020.

Goebel and her father, who is also her manager, run The Palace Dance Studio in Auckland.[1]

In 2012, Goebel starred on both America's Best Dance Crew and Dancing With the Stars Australia.[8] She then worked on Jennifer Lopez's 2012 world tour and performed with her on the American Idol season 11 finale. Goebel went on to choreograph and take on a role in the American 3D dance film Step Up: All In, released on 8 August 2014.[8]

In 2015, her choreography for DeeWunn's "Mek It Bunx Up" went viral and, as of January 2020, has received over 15 million views on YouTube.

In 2015, Goebel was the leading choreographer for New Zealand's first hip-hop feature film, Born to Dance.[9]

In 2019, she also choreographed Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show promoting her lingerie line, which was featured in a documentary regarding the making of the show on Amazon Prime Video.

In 2020, Goebel choreographed Jennifer Lopez's Super Bowl halftime show.[10]


On 8 August 2016 Goebel released her first music video to the song "Friday", which was then featured on her EP Vicious.[11] Later in August 2016, she released a music video for "Nasty", which is also featured on the EP.

In December 2016 she eventually released Vicious, which featured artists including Jamaican Dancehall star, DeeWunn.[12]


Goebel is known for her particular style, known as Polyswagg.[1] As she describes it, her style is based on hearing, breathing and living the music, being passionate while dancing and transmitting feelings. She also draws on music inspirations from the DanceHall style. Large amounts of her routines include this element, most notably in the Royal Family's World Hip Hop Dance Championship performances.

Honours and awards[edit]

In 2009, Goebel was awarded the Street Dance New Zealand Choreographer of the Year and Dancer of the Year awards. In 2014, she was named Female Choreographer of the Year at the World Of Dance Awards in Los Angeles.[13]

In 2006 she was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards.[14]

In 2015 she was presented with the Top Variety Artist Award from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Inc and the Young Leader category of the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.[15]

In 2016 she won Female Choreographer of the Year and Live Performance of the Year at the World Of Dance Awards. In the same year, the advertisement that she choreographed for New Zealand Post won Worst Ad 2016 in the TVNZ Fair Go Ad Awards [16]

In the 2020 New Year Honours, Goebel was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to dance.[17]


In March 2018 Goebel published her autobiography Young Queen.[18]

World Hip-Hop Dance Championships[edit]

Palace Dance Studios crews and their records in the annual competition.

Name of Crew ReQuest Sorority Bubblegum The Royal Family Misfits In-Laws Duchesses Kings Royal Family
Year founded 2007 2010 2010 2010 2011* 2012* 2014 2015* 2016 2017
2009 Gold
2010 Gold Bronze Finals (4th Place)
2011 Silver Gold Gold Gold
2012 Silver Gold Gold Semi-finals Nationals
2013 Bronze Silver Gold
2014 Semi-finals Bronze Guest Performance at Nationals Silver
2015 Finals (4th Place) Finals (4th Place) Silver Finals (6th Place) 2nd Place at Nationals
2016 Finals at Nationals Bronze Bronze
2017 Semi-finals Finals (5th Place) Semi-finals 2nd Place at Nationals
2018 Finals (8th Place) Guest Performance at Nationals
2019 Guest Performance at Regionals Finals (4th Place)

*Denotes disbanded crews.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Duff, Michelle (13 July 2014). "The rise and rise of Parris Goebel". Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Parris Goebel Teaches Creativity in Choreography | Official Trailer". MasterClass. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 5 May 2021.
  3. ^ Master, Farida (19 July 2018). "Parris: it's our time to shine". Times Online. Retrieved 28 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Meet The Mystery Dancer Who directed and Choreographed Justin Bieber's 'Sorry' Music Video". MTV. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Most Viewed Videos of All Time・(Over 100 million views)". YouTube. 27 December 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Goebel, Parris (21 November 2016). "Parris Goebel's video for Justin Bieber's hit Sorry has won Video of the Year at the AMAs".
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  9. ^ "Born to Dance". New Zealand Film Commission. Retrieved 7 July 2020.
  10. ^ Murphy, Desiree. "Jennifer Lopez's Creative Directors Tease What to Expect From 'Epic' Super Bowl Halftime Show (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved 3 February 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  12. ^ "Parris Goebel's EP Vicious has released and early reactions are hugely positive". New Zealand Herald. 18 December 2016. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 28 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Parris Goebel named Female Choreographer of the Year - News - NEWS". Mai FM. Retrieved 3 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Arts Pasifika Awards". Creative New Zealand. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Winners » Westpac New Zealand". Archived from the original on 27 June 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Fair Go Ad Awards: And the winner of the worst ad in 2016 is... NZ Post".
  17. ^ "New Year honours list 2020". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Parris Goebel, Young Queen". Mary Egan Publishing. Retrieved 22 April 2018.

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