Parris Renee Goebel

I had always been interested in dance and started taking hip-hop lessons when I was 10 years old. Along with my four female friends, I started my own dance group, ReQuest and dropped out to school to chase my dreams. I quite the opposite when it comes to my siblings- they’re all married and have kids while “I’m a little crazy”. Despite my religious and Mormon upbringing, my parents were never too rigid to let me follow my dreams. In fact, my father suggested that I leave school and focus on dancing. I have a free spirit and giving in to societal norms and conventions never seemed like my cup of tea. I always felt that it didn’t fit in and I think it was probably this feeling that allowed me to step out of the box and find my way.

My father then took me to Los Angeles for the first time to show me what the world had to offer and awakened in me a new found courage because I realised that I had to work really hard to make my mark in the world. “After that trip, I worked really hard and even though I wasn’t the best in class, but I was definitely the most passionate. I wasn’t the most skilled dancer, but I always had the hunger or the spark. I think people gravitate towards that.” I worked really hard and I’m surprised how I got my career in control at a young age and I’m really grateful for that.

I don’t see myself as a role model, but I do hope to inspire young women to do whatever they desire and just be themselves. I know that women are often overlooked in the dance industry and I feel that women need to put themselves forward, lose all their inhibitions and show the world what they’re made of and that’s why I make attempts to caste women in my dance performances. It’s important to be confident and I feel that I’m living that kind of life where I can make an impression on others.