ReQuest Dance Crew

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ReQuest
Origin Auckland, New Zealand
Genres
Years active 2007–present
Website thepalacedancestudio.co.nz
Members
  • Parris Goebel
  • Bianca Ikinofo
  • Althea Strydom
  • Shyvon Campbell
  • Kyra Aoake
  • Kaea Pearce
  • Kirsten Dodgen
  • Jessica Toatoa
  • Leilani De Marco
  • Corbyn Taulealea-Huch
  • Samyah Powell
  • Ruth Pearce
  • Maddison Barnett
Past members
  • Irina Fraser
  • Priscilla Nemani
  • Ashleigh MacKinven
  • Shalom Leilua
  • Bonnie Talamaivao
  • Courtney Hale
  • Kaili Bright
  • Samantha Cahill
  • Janina Suramach
  • Reimy Jones
  • Ngavaine Tearea
  • Malaena Eagle
  • Colette Eagle
  • Bianca Paine
  • Brooke O'Neill
  • Starcia O'Neill
  • Floss Moloney
  • Kerrie Milne
  • Oriana Siewkim
  • Christa Albert
  • Onyeka Arapai
  • Alexandra Carson
  • Taimania Foa'i

ReQuest Dance Crew (also known as ReQuest) are an all-female hip-hop dance crew from Auckland, New Zealand. ReQuest were formed in 2007, with originally five members. They are based out of The Palace Dance Studio in Penrose and Hamilton, and are one of seven crews within the Royal Family megacrew, alongside Misfits, Sorority, Duchesses, In-Laws, Kings and Bubblegum. Parris Goebel is the group's lead choreographer and founder, forming the group at the age of 15.

Competitions[edit]

In 2009, ReQuest competed for the first time at the HHI World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas, winning first place in the Varsity Crews division. The following year ReQuest moved into the Adult Crews division where they again placed first, ahead of American crew Poreotics who had won season 5 of America's Best Dance Crew earlier that year.[1][2] In 2011 they won second place at the World Championships, behind Plague from the United Kingdom.[3] Within the larger Royal Family megacrew, they have won three gold medals (2011, 2012, 2013) and one silver medal (2015) at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in the Megacrew division.

Outside of the World Championships, ReQuest placed first at the 2009 World Supremacy Battlegrounds (Varsity division) in Melbourne, and were crowned the champions of the 2012 Body Rock Dance Competition in San Diego.

Television and live shows[edit]

In 2011, ReQuest successfully auditioned for season 6 of America's Best Dance Crew.[4] They were the second international dance crew to be featured on the American show (after Blueprint Cru from Montreal, Canada in 2010), and the first crew from outside North America. ReQuest were eliminated in Week 4 of the competition.

In 2012, group leader Parris Goebel was hired as a choreographer for Jennifer Lopez's Dance Again World Tour. ReQuest also performed with Lopez on the season 11 finale of American Idol, and featured in the music video for her single, "Goin' In".[5] As a result of a meeting with international casting director Jamie King, who was working with Jennifer Lopez at the time, six members of ReQuest were contracted for Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson: One, based in Las Vegas.[6] Goebel herself was also contracted to serve as one of the choreographers for the show.[7] Goebel was featured during season 15 of the US version of Dancing with the Stars, performing on stage with several dancers from ReQuest and Royal Family.[8] Parris also goes on tour called "Skulls and Crowns" with some lucky dancers from The Palace.

In 2015, ReQuest were involved in an On-Demand television series on Māori Television called The Palace, which gave insights into the training and daily lives of the dancers at The Palace Dance Studios.[9] In November that year, several dancers from ReQuest appeared onstage at the 2015 American Music Awards during Jennifer Lopez's opening medley performance.[10] The following month, dancers from ReQuest and the Royal Family appeared at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards, dancing on-stage for K-pop acts CL, 2NE1 and Big Bang.[11]

Music videos[edit]

Music video appearances
Year Artist Song Notes Ref
2011 Vince Harder "I Want This Forever" [12]
2012 Jennifer Lopez "Goin' In" [5]
2015 Justin Bieber "Sorry" [13]
2015 Justin Bieber "What Do You Mean?" (dance performance video) [14]
2015 Justin Bieber "No Sense" (dance performance video)
2015 CL "Hello Bitches" [15]

Lead choreographer Parris Goebel also appeared in Big Bang's music video "Bang Bang Bang", which she also choreographed with fellow Royal Family choreographer Kiel Tutin.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collins, Simon (19 August 2009). "Rousing welcome for world-beating hip-hop crew". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Tawhiao, Carly (20 August 2010). "ReQuest on top of the world". Central Leader. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Sundae, Hugh (2 August 2011). "NZ crews dominate World Hip-Hop dance champs". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Sundae, Hugh (18 March 2011). "Top NZ dance crew make American prime time". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Reid, Neil (27 May 2012). "Request hip-hopping to the top.". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Reid, Neil (29 July 2012). "ReQuest for true success". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Sell, Bronwyn (29 October 2012). "My happy place: Parris Goebel". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "AT&T Spotlight Performances: Parris Goebel". Dancing with the Stars: Season 15 (US). Retrieved 6 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Palace". Māori Television. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  10. ^ Cabell, Grace (23 November 2015). "Memorable night for stars at AMAs". TV3 News. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  11. ^ Oswald, Morgan (2 December 2015). "2NE1 Blows Fans Away With Surprise Performance At 2015 MAMA's". Kmusic. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "Vince Harder - I Want This Forever". The Edge FM. 23 February 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
  13. ^ "New Zealand dance crew feature in Justin Bieber's new video". Stuff.co.nz. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "Who Are Justin Bieber's 'What Do You Mean' Dancers? Their Faces Are Familiar For A Reason". Stuff.co.nz. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  15. ^ Jung, E. Alex (21 November 2015). "CL and Her Female Crew Will Mess You Up in the Music Video for 'Hello Bitches'". Vulture.com. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  16. ^ Stanley, Adrienne (16 June 2015). "K-Pop Behind The Spotlight: Choreographer Parris Goebel On The Making Of Big Bang's 'Bang Bang Bang' Video". KpopStarz. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
New Zealand Sweet and Sour
World Hip Hop Dance Championships
Winners – Varsity Division

2009
Succeeded by
Japan Zero
Preceded by
France R.A.F. Crew
World Hip Hop Dance Championships
Winners – Adult Division

2010
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Plague