Aucklanders on top of hip hop world

Last updated 11:10 08/08/2012

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Dancer-to-the-stars Parris Goebel and her Auckland dance studio team have again scooped the world hip hop dance championships.

Goebel, who recently helped choreograph moves for Jennifer Lopez's upcoming world tour and features in her music video Goin' In, was part of the Royal Family dance crew which won the Mega Crew Gold award at the 2012 World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas last week.

The troupe featured eight members of the ReQuest crew who held the title for the previous three years.

Fellow Palace Dance Studio performers Bubblegum defended their junior title and Sorority took silver in the Varsity section.

"The wins are amazing. We've worked hard and these medals are an acknowledgement of our passion and determination," Goebel said.

Next month Goebel will return to Auckland to be the face of the Southside Arts Festival a month-long showcase of South Auckland arts talent.

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.

Six members of the former ReQuest dance crew recently secured contracts to perform in Cirque Du Soleil's new production, a tribute to Michael Jackson's life and music.

Gobel runs Penrose's Palance Dance Studio along with her father Brett.

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