Kiwi crews win hip-hop gold medals

NEIL REID
Last updated 12:05 12/08/2012
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New Zealand has another pair of gold medals - from the Hip Hop International 2012 World Hip Hop Dance Championship.

Two crews from The Palace Dance Studio, based in Auckland's Penrose, won top honours at the contest, last Sunday at Las Vegas, in the United States.

The Royal Family crew won the MegaCrew division, and Bubblegum took out the Junior division.

It is the second year running crews from the studio have scored gold at the contest.

Brett Goebel - who owns and manages The Palace along with daughter, Parris Goebel - said the Kiwis' continued winning ways had created huge interest from the international competitors.

"Everyone was waiting to see what the [New Zealand] crews did . . . the competition is tough, the pressure is high but the good thing is the way everyone responded," Brett said from Las Vegas.

"Thirty-eight [Palace] dancers came over and everyone has picked up some silverware. After we'd had such a successful year last year, it tests your resolve on what you can do again . . . it was good the way we reacted."

A third crew from the Goebel's studio, Sorority, took out the silver medal in the Varsity division.

Dance crews from 43 countries battled it out for international hip- hop dancing supremacy, at the contest.

The Royal Family mega-crew included members of all-girl crew ReQuest - who danced with Jennifer Lopez on the final of American Idol, where the superstar performed her latest hit Goin' In.

Six of ReQuest's eight members are moving to North America to take up professional dancing contracts with Cirque Du Soleil for its new production, a tribute to Michael Jackson's life and music.

In April, Parris was hired by Lopez to choreograph moves for her latest world tour. In June, she led ReQuest to victory in the prestigious 2012 Body Rock dance competition in Los Angeles.

Brett said crews from The Palace would be performing upcoming shows in Auckland and the South Island.

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