Hip-hop dancers back to take on world

The big­gest day on the an­nual hip-hop cal­en­dar is near­ing and Palace Dance Stu­dio is ready to show the world what they’ve got. Re­porter Ka­rina Abadia catches up with owner Par­ris Goebel and se­nior dancer Lance Savali as the stu­dio pre­pares to de­fend its w

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The Palace Dance Stu­dio in Pen­rose has been rack­ing up the awards at the World Hip Hop Dance Cham­pi­onships since it first par­tic­i­pated at the Las Vegas event in 2009.

The stu­dio has three groups com­pet­ing at this year’s event from Au­gust 6 to Au­gust 11.

They are the all-ages mega crew The Royal Fam­ily, the ju­nior di­vi­sion Bub­blegum who range from 9 to 12, and the univer­sity di­vi­sion Soror­ity, who are aged 13 to 18.

The Royal Fam­ily and Bub­blegum are the reign­ing world cham­pi­ons ( Cen­tral Leader, De­cem­ber 21, 2012).

Palace Dance Stu­dio owner Par­ris Goebel says: ‘‘We just want to make sure we do our best and try not to ex­pect any­thing. But at the end of the day we like to win. I don’t en­joy com­ing sec­ond.’’

Four­teen mem­bers of The Royal Fam­ily will stay on to give two per­for­mances of their show Skulls and Crowns. A Royal In­va­sion at a Los An­ge­les dance stu­dio on Au­gust 18.

Lance Savali says he and many of the stu­dio’s dancers hope to be­come back-up dancers one day so this is a big deal for them.

‘‘You can only try your best and see where it goes from there but it’s a big op­por­tu­nity not only for me but all the other dancers in­volved,’’ he says.

The stu­dio is gain­ing a pro­file in the United States and some of its dancers have al­ready ap­peared in some ma­jor shows and mu­sic videos.

Ms Goebel re­turned last month af­ter spend­ing six months in Las Vegas where she helped put to­gether the chore­og­ra­phy for the Cirque du Soleil show Michael Jack­son One.

Six mem­bers of the stu­dio’s all-fe­male group Re­Quest are per­form­ing in the show.

‘‘It was a huge hon­our to help cre­ate the show. It was re­ally chal­leng­ing but it was good. I got heaps out of it,’’ she says.

Closer to home things have also been go­ing well for the stu­dio.

Ms Goebel took on the role of ambassador for Mid­dle­more Foun­da­tion’s Kidz First chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal in June.

‘‘It’s still early days but I’m re­ally ex­cited about it. I think a lot of youth are in­ter­ested in dance so it’s a good match.’’

The stu­dio

per­formed Mur­der on the Dance­floor to sell-out crowds at Voda­fone Events Cen­tre in June and in­tends to take it around New Zealand later this year.

Ms Goebel says she puts their suc­cess down to their team dy­namic.

‘‘The vibe we have here in the stu­dio is dif­fer­ent. We are the un­der­dogs and we are from a coun­try where you wouldn’t ex­pect to find this kind of tal­ent.

‘‘On top of that ev­ery­one here is driven and hun­gry to do some­thing with it. I think that is the per­fect recipe for suc­cess.’’

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Go to cen­tral­leader. co.nz to watch a video of Mur­der on the Dance­floor. Gear­ing up: Palace Dance Stu­dio owner Par­ris Goebel and se­nior dancer Lance Savali.

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