Parris Goebel

Parris Renee Goebel (born 29 October 1991), also known professionally as Parri$, is a New Zealand-born choreographer, dancer, singer, director and actress. Her dance crew The Royal Family has won the World Hip Hop Dance Championship three times.[1]

Parris Goebel
Parris Renee Goebel

(1991-10-29) 29 October 1991
OccupationChoreographer, dancer, singer, actress and director

Early life

Goebel was born and raised in Manurewa, Auckland, New Zealand, the youngest of four children of Brett and LeeAnn Goebel. She is of Samoan, Chinese, and Scottish descent.[2] She was interested in dance from a young age and started hip-hop lessons when she was 10. When she was 15, she started the dance group ReQuest with four female 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, Little Mix, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Big Bang, 2NE1, CL, iKon, G-Dragon, Taeyang, and Black Pink.[1][3] Her work has included choreographing routines and starring in music videos and movies. One of her notable successes was her work choreographing the video "Sorry" for Justin Bieber, which as of December 2016 is the 3rd most viewed video on YouTube with more than 2 billion views.[4] This video in fact won the 'best video of the year' award at AMAs.[5] Goebel went on to choreograph and direct all thirteen of Justin Bieber's Purpose: The Movement videos.[6] These videos have totalled over 4.6 billion views combined.

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.[7] 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.[7]

In 2015, her choreography for DeeWunn's "Mek It Bunx Up" went viral and has received over 8 million views on YouTube.

In 2015, Goebel was the leading choreographer for New Zealand's first hip-hop feature film, Born to Dance. Stan Walker, the winner of Australian Idol, 2009,[8] who starred as one of the main actors of the movie, described her as "the best" to work with.[9]


On 8 August 2016 Goebel released her first music video to the song "Friday", which was then featured on her EP Vicious.[10] Later in August 2016, she released a music video for "Nasty", which is also featured on the EP.

In December 2016 she released her debut album "Vicious" which featuring a slew of talent including Jamaican Dancehall star, DeeWunn.[11]


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.


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.[12]

In 2006 she was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifka Awards.[13] In 2015 she was presented with the Top Variety Artist Award from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Inc. Also in 2015, Goebel won the Young Leader category of the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.[14]

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 [15]


In March 2018 Goebel published her autobiography Young Queen.[16]

World Hip-Hop Dance Championships

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

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

*Denotes disbanded crews.


  1. Duff, Michelle (13 July 2014). "The rise and rise of Parris Goebel". Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  2. Master, Farida (19 July 2018). "Parris: it's our time to shine". Times Online. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  3. "Meet The Mystery Dancer Who directed and Choreographed Justin Bieber's 'Sorry' Music Video". MTV. 23 October 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  4. "Most Viewed Videos of All Time・(Over 100 million views)". YouTube. 27 December 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  5. Goebel, Parris (21 November 2016). "Parris Goebel's video for Justin Bieber's hit Sorry has won Video of the Year at the AMAs".
  8. "Australian Idol Winner Stan Walker Dances to Toronto Festival". 11 September 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  9. "EXCLUSIVE 'She's the best!' Born To Dance star Stan Walker reflects on working with hip hop champion and Justin Bieber choreographer Parris Goebel". 27 October 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  11. "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.
  12. "Parris Goebel named Female Choreographer of the Year - News - NEWS". Mai FM. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  13. "Arts Pasifika Awards". Creative New Zealand. Retrieved 1 December 2017.
  14. "Winners » Westpac New Zealand". Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  15. "Fair Go Ad Awards: And the winner of the worst ad in 2016 is... NZ Post".
  16. "Parris Goebel, Young Queen". Mary Egan Publishing. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
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