The FIVE-time world champion, with over 10 billion views on YouTube is coming to Expo 2020 Dubai as the curator of New Zealand’s entertainment and cultural programme.
Parris Goebel has always dreamed of making a difference in the world through dance. And today, as one of the world's most celebrated and in demand choreographers, a world hip-hop dance champion and a music artist in her own right, Parris is making her mark on the international music scene.
Talented, ambitious, creative and successful, the New Zealand choreographer, artist and director has worked with some of the biggest names in the world from J-Lo to Justin Bieber and most recently Sam Smith!
And guess what? Parris is bringing the style and creativity that has made her a global phenomenon to Expo 2020 Dubai. Parris will be creating a unique cultural experience for millions of visitors at Expo 2020 Dubai as the curator of New Zealand's entertainment and cultural programme.
Although Parris is keeping her plans for Expo 2020 Dubai hush hush for now, we do know that her program will have a strong focuson youth and will reflect New Zealand's theme of Care for People and Place. And given Parris' internationally recognised work, we can only imagine how amazing it will be!
To find out more about her and her work here are 10 facts about Parris Goebel.
Parris has been dancing since she was a little girl. She started hip-hop lessons at 10 and at 15 formed the all-female dance groupReQuest with four of her friends. They started practicing at her aunt's garage, then moved to her father's warehouse. A year later,they hit the stage at Monsters of Hip-Hop Dance Convention in the United States, where Parris was chosen to dance in the finale performance of the convention.
Since her first international performance, Parris’ dance crews have won eight gold, five silver and five bronze medals at the World Hip-Hop Dance Championships. She is also the Creative Director of the Royal Family Dance Crew who have won the World Hip Hop Dance Championship three times! Parris is also the founder of The Palace Dance Studio in Auckland, New Zealand.
Parris left school at 15 to pursue her dancing career and quickly gained a big following in the dance world. But she got her big international break when J-Lo came calling! When J-Lo’s management saw some of Parris’ videos on YouTube, J-Lo was so impressed she asked Parris to work on her 2012 world tour.
Parris didn’t stop there. She’s worked with huge artists such as Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Ciara, Sam Smith, Little Mix, Janet Jackson andJustin Bieber, to name just a few! She was even part of the creative team for Cirque Du Soleil’s Michael Jackson show ONE which opened in Las Vegas in 2013.
Parris’ latest viral success was her choreography work in Sam Smith’s recent music video, How Do You Sleep?, which has more than72 million views since its release a month ago! Smith thanked Parris in a post on his Instagram account and in an interview where he praised her for pushing him to be himself on the set of the music video.
Parris’ most famous work to date was choreographing the video Sorry for Justin Bieber, which has had more than 3.1 billion views on YouTube since its release. The video also won the 'Best Video of the Year' award at the American Music Awards. Parris also went on to choreograph and direct all thirteen music videos for Justin Bieber's album, Purpose: The Movement.
Parris released her first music video to her single Friday in 2016, as part of her EP Vicious, followed by two other singles and music videos Nasty and Fiyah. The singles have received more than six million views combined! Parris has even dabbled in acting in the 3D dance film Step Up: All In, where she played the role of Violet and worked on the choreography.
Parris grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. She is the youngest of four children and is of Samoan, Chinese, and Scottish descent. She is incredibly proud of her mixed heritage and has used her Samoan lineage to inform her style which even has a name – Polyswagg! Parris’ unique dance and style, Polyswagg, combines sassy in control women and a strong sense of self and inner strength.
Last year at the age of 26, Parris published her autobiography, Young Queen: The Story of a Girl Who Conquered the World. The book touches on the many personal obstacles Parris experienced chasing her dream, alongside the hard work it took for her to become an award-winning dancer, choreographer and video director. Parris particularly wanted to write her autobiography, for young people who weren’t only interested in her journey, but those who dream of being successful in the creative industry.
Parris is incredibly passionate about giving back to the community. Not only does she work in different ways to empower young women, In 2017, Parris and her sisters launched Sisters United, a charitable organisation that provides exciting, fresh and creative programmes and services to support the overall wellbeing of young Pacific and Māori women in Auckland, New Zealand.