Parris Goebel

Photo: Ewan Burns

Photo: Ewan Burns

Personal Life

Parris Goebel (born in Auckland, New Zealand) is a Dancer and Lead choreographer of the all-female dance group ReQuest. She is also owner of The Palace Dance Studio’s based in Penrose and Hamilton, New Zealand. Goebel’s choreography style is known as Polyswagg.

Goebel’s dance crew ReQuest is one of five crews within the ‘Royal Family’ that she choreographs. The other groups include: Bubblegum, Misfits, Sorority and In-Laws.


Professional Career

Goebel started dancing formally at the age of 10, when she was enrolled by her mother at the Performing Arts School in ballet, jazz and tap classes. At 12, she discovered a love for hip hop music to express her style of dancing known as ‘Polyswagg’. At 15, she was offered a spot to be part of another dance crew but declined the offer to form her own dance crew, ReQuest, and open The Palace Dance Studio with the help of her father.

Goebel led ReQuest to second place at the Street Dance New Zealand (SDNZ) Nationals in 2007, which was the qualifying competition for the Hip Hop International (HHI) World Championships.

In 2008, she became a show cast member in Monsters of Hip Hop and is now a member of the Faculty that teaches all through the USA.

ReQuest competed at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in 2009, and in their debut appearance they placed first in the Varsity Crews division in Las Vegas. In the same year, they also placed first at the 2009 World Supremacy Battleground in the Varsity division in Australia.

ReQuest returned in 2010 competing in the Adult Crews division, dominating competition along the way and went on to become the number one Adult crew in the world, while becoming the first crew to win back-to-back gold medals and in both divisions.

In 2011, ReQuest was the second crew outside America to compete on MTV’s Americas Best Dance Crew in Season 6, and the first crew outside North America. The crew were eliminated in Week 4 of the competition. They later competed in the 2011 World Hip Hop Championships as defending champions, where all five of her crews from the Royal Family dominated over 37 countries altogether. ReQuest won silver placing second behind U.K group Plague. Goebel’s Royal Family won four medals in total for New Zealand with Bubblegum winning gold in the Junior Crews division, Sorority winning gold in the Varsity Crews division, and Royal Family winning gold in the Mega Crews division.

In 2012, Goebel was hired by Jennifer Lopez to choreograph her ‘Dance Again World Tour’, and also performed with Lopez on the season 11 finale of American Idol, and featured in Lopez’s music video for the single, ‘Goin In’. Goebel also performed during season 15 of the US version of Dancing with the Stars, along with several members of ReQuest crew and the Royal Family.

At the 2013 World Hip-Hop Dance Championship in Las Vegas, The Royal Family was successful in defending its world championship title in the Mega Crew division for the third year in a row, and last year’s gold medalists in the Junior division, Bubblegum, took silver this year.

Goebel’s success has made The Palace Studios one of the top studios in the world, while at the same time becoming one of the top choreographers in the world. Goebel has taught throughout the USA, Europe, Asia, Australia and all throughout New Zealand.



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