Taranaki dancer in Gangham Style Psy's new music video video

Former Taranaki girl Briannah Whakatau, far right, has danced her way into K-Pop phenomenon Psy's latest music video.

Former Taranaki girl Briannah Whakatau, far right, has danced her way into K-Pop phenomenon Psy's latest music video.

Only weeks ago dancer Briannah Whakatau spoke about her aspirations to feature in "famous people's" music videos.

Today, the former Taranaki hip-hoper nudged past the goal-line with her cameo in Gangnam Style singer Psy's latest music video.

"I was so excited when I found out I was going to be in it," she said.

Korean popstar, Psy
Psy

Korean popstar, Psy

The K-pop phenomenon's recent song release, Love ft TaeYang, hit the airwaves in May, the same month he enlisted the help of New Zealand dance queen Parris Goebel to direct the video to accompany it.

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The video largely features Goebel and her dance crew ReQuest, but towards the end 13-year-old Whakatau and two other girls from Bubblegum Dance Crew are seen breakin' it down.

Briannah Whakatau, 13, toured New Plymouth schools earlier this month with the Bubblegum Dance Crew.
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Briannah Whakatau, 13, toured New Plymouth schools earlier this month with the Bubblegum Dance Crew.

While the former Welbourn School girl, who relocated to Auckland in 2013, didn't get to meet the man himself she was pretty happy to just be a part of the process.

Filmed at White Studios in Auckland in May, the Year Eight student spent a day at the production studio having her hair and makeup done, watching the music video come to life and dancing herself.

"It was really exciting seeing all of the stuff, like, all of the equipment and the stuff they use to video."

While tiring, Whakatau, who trains six days a week, said the long day was enhanced by watching the ReQuest women do their thing and working with Goebel.

"She was behind the camera just telling us what to do, telling us to, like, look at the camera and to just be ourselves."

A dancer since she was six, Whakatau was adept at poppin' and lockin' and has successfully auditioned for Goebel's Bubblegum Dance Crew for two years running.

The Palace Dance Studio group held the current New Zealand spot for top junior hip hoppers and last year the team competed at the world champs in Las Vegas where they placed third. Next month the teenagers head back to the States where they will vie for another spot on the podium.

But in the meantime, three of the youngsters were picked by Goebel to take part in the music video, something Whakatau found out through the grapevine.

"The Bubblegum girls were congratulating me and I was like 'um what's this for'."

"I'd come straight from school and I hadn't talked to mum who had been told and I didn't have my phone on me so I didn't know anything, but when I found out I was excited as."

Whakatau reckoned Psy put out some pretty cool music and said Love was "such a fun song to dance to."

Her sights were now set on Barbadian popstar Rihanna.

 - Stuff

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