Parris Goebel, hip-hop dancer and choreographer.
My happy place is the Palace Dance Studio in Penrose. It's like my second home, where I teach dance. This is the place where my students grow but also where I grow as a dancer and as a person.
It's my escape. When things aren't going well I can always count on coming here and the people here lifting my spirits, and dance itself lifting my spirits. This is where I get to find myself, and show myself what I can do, and push the boundaries of hip-hop.
I started the studio three years ago. It was an ambitious thing but I'd wanted to start a studio ever since I was about 13. I'm 20 now. When I grew up I didn't really feel I had a place where I could call home, where I could go and train up, and learn from the best.
I'm pretty much self-taught. When I come in here, it lights up my life, lights up my day. The colours help - it's painted purple and there are colours everywhere. It's basically just one huge room, with mirrors across the front of it. It's got a really good energy about it, and what tops it off is the people who are here.
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We have dancers coming in and out every day, and classes from 4pm basically every night. There's
acompany of about 30 dancers called the Royal Family - that's more of the elite team. We're in here every night training up for competitions, performances, showcases.
There have been a lot of things happening this year. The first thing was me choreographing for a Jennifer Lopez tour. And then her company ended up flying my dance crew, ReQuest, over to perform on American Idol with her.
Through that I met a guy who directs for Cirque du Soleil, and he asked me if I was interested in choreographing for them. Of course I said yes. It's a new show, a Michael Jackson tribute permanently based in Las Vegas. It's really exciting. It's a big fantasy, to be honest. It's really surreal.
That's our goal as a studio, to get that pathway going so kids can come here, train, and have the hopes and drive to go to America and book something as big as Jennifer Lopez. I wanted to create that opportunity for other young kids ... for them to one day get on the world stage or become a full-time dancer. I wanted to create something I didn't have.