Choreographer-to-the-stars Parris Goebel will this week defend her dance crew's world hip hop dance title in Las Vegas.
But closer to home the Aucklander was today named as the ambassador of a South Auckland arts festival she says opened "so many" doors to her on the way to super stardom.
"It's awesome to be representing Southside in 2012," the 20-year-old said.
"The festival has opened so many doors for me in the past; it's great to have the chance to give something back."
Goebel, who recently helped choreograph moves for Jennifer Lopez's upcoming world tour and features in her music video "Goin' in" along with her ReQuest dance crew, will be the face of the Southside Arts Festival, formerly known as the Manukau Festival of Arts, in October.
The month long event is a showcase of local talent and creative enterprise in fashion, music, art, theatre and dance. The cornerstone events are the Southside Gig, Cult Couture and Mixer 2 Concert.
Mayor Len Brown said Goebel, who grew up in Manurewa and Howick, "captures the essence of the festival".
"Southside is into its second year and having the support of artists of Parris' calibre is testament to the festival's credibility," he said.
"We are delighted to have her star power onboard. Parris is a great example of what talent, determination and sheer hard work can achieve from South Auckland roots".
Brown said the event highlights the artistic talent that resides in Auckland and aims to increase social cohesion, self-esteem and pride.
"The Southside community is filled with raw talent. There's so much local creativity and this festival celebrates all of those performers and artists."
Goebel was recently crowned female choreographer of 2012 at the World of Dance Awards and performed as one of J-Lo's dancers on the final of American Idol.
Her ReQuest dance crew won the hip hop dance world championships in both 2010 and 2011.
Six-members of the all-girl dance crew recently secured contracts to perform in Cirque Du Soleil's new production, a tribute to Michael Jackson's life and music. They will head to Canada in October to prepare for the show.
Along with her father, Brett, Goebel runs a dance studio, The Palace Dance Studio, in Penrose.
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