Western Leader : April 24th 2015
YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER Friday, April 24, 2015 Hip-hopping to US By ROSE REES-OWEN Two young hip-hop hopefuls will make their way to San Diego to compete at the world champs in August. Isla Potini, 12, and Ellise Samuels, 14, have become good friends through the Palace Dance Studio, owned and managed by young New Zealander of the year Parris Goebel and her father. The two youngsters from Hen- derson are part of the studio’s Duchesses dance crew that will compete in the World Hip Hop Dance Championship’s varsity section for ages 13 to 18. Potini’s mother Shaylise Tavai says it’s quite an achievement considering her daughter is only 12. ‘‘Isla has only been dancing since 2013 so she has moved up the ranks very young and at a fast pace.’’ This will be Potini’s second trip to the world champs, with the Duchesses bringing home a silver medal last year. ‘‘I’m excited – last year we got the silver medal and I’m ready to get gold,’’ Potini says. Samuels began dancing under Goebel’s guidance in 2012 with the junior division Bubblegum dance crew for ages 13 and under. She brought back the gold medal at the world champs and this year it will be her fourth time competing among some of the best dancers in the world. About 3500 dancers from more than 50 nations compete at the Olympics of dancing. The girls say winning isn’t every- thing and they are happy to go for the experience. ‘‘It’s not the destination, it’s the journey,’’ Samuels says. ‘‘Every year is different because there are different people and the vibe is always new.’’ Potini says winning is a bonus. ‘‘It’s more the experience of being there.’’ Goebel is an inspiration for the girls as she has been able to turn her love of dancing into a career. Goebel stared in the dance movie and Hollywood blockbuster Step Up, and choreographed for charttopper Jennifer Lopez after the singer spotted her in a YouTube clip in 2012. She also recently completed choreography for Nicki Minaj. Parris Goebelmentors young upcoming hip-hop dancers to achieve their dreams. Hip-hop dancers Isla Potini, 12, standing, and Ellise Samuels, 14, are going to the world hip-hop championships in August. Photo: ROSE REES-OWEN Other doors have opened for Goebel, including choreography for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson tribute show, hip-hop star Missy Elliott and Korean pop star Taeyang. Goebel formed the all-girl dance crew ReQuest which in 2009 and 2010 won the varsity section of the world hip-hop championships in the United States. She returned in 2011 with The Royal Family to win the megacrew title three years in a row. Samuels says she wants to keep up her dancing. ‘‘It’s hard to succeed financially but Parris can open up so many opportunities – it makes it easier.’’ The crew has to raise $4500 per person to go to the world championships. Their biggest fundraiser is a gala on Anzac Day. Dance performances, giveaways, foodstalls and activities for the kids are all in store and hip-hop dancer Jacob Yarr from the studio’s Royal Family crew will host workshops. The gala will be held at Zeal, 20 Alderman Drive, Henderson, from 10am to 4pm. last year’s world hip-hop championships. to see the Duchesses perform at Go to westernleader.co.nz and click on Latest Edition Find neighbours to exchange garden goodies with Does anyone want to swap fruit or veg for lemons? We have heaps!
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