Parris Goebel receives the New Zealand Order of Merit

Parris Goebel

New Zealand choreographer Parris Goebel received the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to dance. Awarded to people in any field or endeavour “who have become distinguished for their eminence, talents, contributions or other merits”. 

Goebel took to her Instagram account to share the news of her achievement and photos from the ceremony. “To receive this recognition and title for my service to dance is such an honour,” Goebel tells. The choreographer, dancer, director, singer and actress is just 28 years of age, but has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry to date.

She first shot to stardom at just 19 years old when Jennifer Lopez requested her to choreograph her world tour. Perhaps you saw Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s Superbowl halftime show last year? (Probably the only part of the Superbowl you watched). Well Lopez’s portion of the 13 minute dance routine was choreographed by Goebel. Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty runway show? Goebel again. 

And the dance sequence in Justin Beiber’s Sorry video clip - the film was directed and choreographed by Parris and went on to become one of the highest viewed clips on YouTube.  With 3.3 billion views and counting. Her video clip for Beiber’s Yummy - all in sync body rolls, technical precision and high intensity moves - will make you wish social distancing rules will ease for dance floors alone. 

“I honestly never imagined dance would get me here," Goebel tells. "Never stop dreaming, never give up and always serve others along your way.” 

The New Zealand Order of Merit is part of New Zealand's honour system. It was established by the British Monarchy in 1996 and is awarded "for those persons who in any field of endeavour, have rendered meritorious service to the Crown and nation or who have become distinguished by their eminence, talents, contributions or other merits".

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