from Parris

As Creative Director of the PTE, Parris believes providing a home where young people can learn and gain qualifications doing something they love is heart filling.

New Zealand born, half Samoan 26 year old Parris Goebel has a string of achievements that are fast becoming legendary.

Owner of her own dance studio ‘The Palace’, The Royal Family’s domination of the World Hip Hop Dance Championships (winning 18 World Hip Hop Dance Championship medals with her crews; 8 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze medals), her own crew ReQuest appearing on MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew and Fox TV’s American Idol Season 11, chosen to choreograph for Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Nicky Minaj, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, hired as choreographer for Cirque du Soleil’s new Michael Jackson tribute and Creative Director for New Zealand’s very own major dance movie ‘Born to Dance’, there is very little that Parris hasn’t achieved.  Awarded ‘The World of Dance Female Choreographer of the Year (2012), International Choreographer of the year (2014)’ and ‘Female Choreographer of the Year (2015) has allowed Parris to dominate the international hip hop world through her very own dance style ‘Polyswagg’. Parris’s significant influence has also reached audiences beyond the discipline of dance having been awarded the Young New Zealander of the year (2014) and Young Leader at the Westpac Women of Influence Awards (2015). 

Parris believes her biggest accomplishment in her career thus far is opening a dance studio in Auckland, NZ. Having a studio is like a legacy you can leave forever, it’s a home that kids can come to, they can learn and they can see a brighter future. 

Irrespective of the work Parris does nationally and internationally, her heart will always be with this programme and its purpose of supporting and nurturing the dance development of young Māori and Pasifika youth.  She wasn’t fortunate enough to receive the same kind of support when she was at high school and is committed 100% to this kaupapa.

“Before us there wasn’t much going on in the way of hip-hop and now kids are coming to win gold medals and to appreciate the places dance can actually take them. That someone from the poorest community can actually step outside of their situation and do what they love beyond anything else…and touch the lives of so many…I think that’s just heart filling. 

So why wouldn’t I want that for everyone who walks through my studio doors? I think people need to understand whats important and what counts. Dancing for Jlo or creating work for Janet is really cool and stuff, but it doesn’t fulfill you as much as helping kids does…that fills your heart, its not temporary to the lives you work with and touch… that’s forever.”

My hope for The Palace Dance Studio (PTE) is to equip young Maori and Pasifika with the necessary skills and tools to develop their craft in an encouraging and non threatening environment. Its my place so dreams are encouraged and hard work insisted. I’m super excited to get this going!

Parris Goebel