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NZ crews finalists for world hip hop title

AAP logoAAP 13/08/2016

Three Kiwi dance crews are counting the hours until they get a chance to become World Hip Hop Dance Champions.

The Bradas, Masque and Megacrew, from the Auckland-based Identity Dance Company, will take to the stage in the final of "the Olympics of dance" on Saturday night (US time).

"It's about to go down!" adult crew The Bradas posted on Facebook.

The Bradas finished first in their semi-final and will be hoping for a repeat of last year's competition in San Diego, when they beat thousands of other dancers from more than 50 countries to place first in their division.

Megacrew are going into the finals having placed second, and Masque third, in their respective preliminaries.

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.

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