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NZ hip-hop crews busy at 'dance Olympics'

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/08/2016

New Zealand performers are featuring prominently again at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships, known as "the Olympics of dance", in Las Vegas.

The Bradas, the adult crew from Identity Dance Company, were first in the semis of their division and are getting ready for the final on Saturday (US time).

They placed first in their division at last year's championships in San Diego, beating thousands of other dancers from more than 50 countries.

Kiwi choreographer Parris Goebel is also a star at the event.

She has just dropped her debut single, Friday, and told Pacific Rim Video an EP is "dropping within the next couple of months".

She's presenting an hour-long show The Parris Project at the championships.

"It's the first time I'm going to be doing something like this. It's going to be really, really cool. It's basically everything I'm passionate about," she said.

The show seeks to put all art forms in the forefront and promotes the EP.

As a 16-year-old Goebel got her start in 2009 in Las Vegas at the Hip Hop International World Dance Championship. She and her crew, ReQuest, won gold in the varsity division.

Since then crews Goebel has put together have won eight golds.

Goebel has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Janet Jackson.

In July she received three MTV Video Award nominations for her efforts on Justin Bieber's Sorry.

The music video for Sorry, which features Goebel and female dancers from her crews ReQuest and The Royal Family, was released in October 2015 and has racked 1.7 billion YouTube views.

She says the EP project is a "whole new journey for me".

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