ReQuest rock hometown fans
Homecoming hip-hip heroes ReQuest gave Kiwi fans the chance to see them perform live yesterday.The nine-strong all-girl dance troupe showed their skills in two shows at Auckland Girls' Grammar, just days after returning from the US where they shared the stage with chart-topper Jennifer Lopez during the American Idol finale.
Six members of ReQuest – headed by J-Lo's tour co-choreographer Parris Goebel – have also picked up contracts with Cirque Du Soleil.
And the troupe won the prestigious Body Rock dance contest in San Diego just days after their American Idol showing, watched by 40 million TV viewers in the US alone.
Group manager and Parris's father, Brett Goebel, said while their four-week stay in the States had taken their breath away, "It is great to be back home and perform for your family and friends.
"They can now see what they [ReQuest] did at Body Rock live. They might have seen it on YouTube, but to see your kids do it is stunning. And when the girls go out and see their sisters, brothers and mums screaming for them, that is the best feeling in the world."
ReQuest – based at the Goebels' Palace Dance Studio in Penrose, South Auckland – flew back into New Zealand on Wednesday. They shared stories of their tour successes with younger dancers learning their craft at the studio.
Brett said the message was: "This path is there, it is real ... you just have to work hard and get on with it."
The Cirque Du Soleil contracts secured by the ReQuest dancers are two-year deals working on the acclaimed North American dance company's new production on Michael Jackson's life and music. It will premiere in Las Vegas in May next year.
Last weekend the ReQuest girls spent two days in Los Angeles working with Lopez on the video for her new single Goin' In.
For contractual reasons, they aren't allowed to reveal too much about the clip, set for its world premiere on July 5.