"I believe in dreaming big and being self-motivated. But you also have to surround yourself with good people who will support you no matter what you want to achieve. You also have to understand that rejection can be a good thing."

Parris Goebel was born and raised in Manurewa, Auckland and was interested in dance from a young age. She started hip-hop lessons when she was 10 and formed the ReQuest dance group with four female friends when she was 15, which later grew into opening her own dance studio, “The Palace dance studio” in Penrose which now houses four of her dance groups from junior division all the way through to Adults.

Parris has worked with artists including Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, BIGBANG, CL, iKON, Taeyang and BLACKPINK. 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 March 2016 was one of the five top viewed videos on YouTube with more than 1.7 billion views. Goebel went on to choreograph and direct all thirteen of Justin Bieber's "Purpose: The Movement" videos. These videos have totaled over 3 billion views combined.

On 8 August 2016 Goebel released her first music video to the song "Friday", which will be featured on her upcoming EP Run & Tell Your Friends. Later in August 2016, she released a music video for "Nasty", which is also set to feature on the EP.

 

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2016
Simon talks to Parris about being a 2016 New Generation Award recipient and what the future might hold for the international star
2009
Awarded the Street Dance New Zealand Choreographer of the Year and Dancer of the Year awards.
2009
Varsity Division Gold Medalist at Hip Hop International with ReQuest dance group.
2010
Adult Division Gold Medalist at Hip Hop International with ReQuest dance group.
2011
Mega Crew Division Gold Medalist at Hip Hop International with The Royal Family.
2012
Mega Crew Division Gold Medalist at Hip Hop International with The Royal Family.
2013
Mega Crew Division Gold Medalist at Hip Hop International with The Royal Family.
2014
Named Female Choreographer of the Year at the World Of Dance Awards in Los Angeles.
2015
Presented with the Top Variety Artist Award from the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand Inc.
2015
Won the Young Leader category of the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.
2016
Won Female Choreographer of the Year and Live Performance of the Year at the World Of Dance Awards.
2016
Justin Bieber's “Sorry” music video directed and choreographed by Parris was nominated for video of the year at the 2016 music video awards, USA.
2016
“Sorry” music video directed and choreographed by Parris was nominated for video of the year at the 2016 American music awards, USA.