Young Queen

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title Young Queen
Authors and Contributors      By (author)   Parris Goebel
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 230,Width 153
ISBN 9780473401283
Illustrations 140 photographs throughout

Publishing Details

Publisher Mary Egan Publishing
Imprint Mary Egan Publishing
Publication Date 8 March 2018
NZ Release Date 8 March 2018
Publication Country New Zealand


Crazy. Bold. Fearless. Parris Goebel was destined to make her mark. Young Queen is the autobiography of a dancer with a dream . . . a young Polynesian girl who grew up in New Zealand and went on to conquer the hip hop world. In this honest memoir, Parris Goebel shares the extraordinary story of how she went from high-school dropout to award-winning dancer, choreographer and video director. At just 19, Parris got her big break choreographing for Jennifer Lopez. She has since worked with some of the biggest stars in music, including Janet Jackson, Rihanna and Justin Bieber, creating his record-breaking video, `Sorry.' A true #girlboss, Parris Goebel is changing the game. In these pages, Parris reveals the challenges, fears and obstacles she's faced on her journey and gives fans and readers a backstage look into her life and the lessons she's learned. Filled with photos from Parris's personal collection, on tour and on set, this is a fun and inspiring read for anyone with a dream. Empowering and motivational, Young Queen has got da juice . . . and you can have it too. For every book sold $1 will be donated to the organisation Sisters United:

Author Biography

Parris Goebel is an internationally recognized, multi-disciplinary artist. She is an award-winning choreographer, dancer, actor, singer and director. Born in New Zealand, and of Samoan descent, Paris founded the acclaimed dance studio, The Palace, with father Brett Goebel, and is known for pioneering the hip-hop dance style Polyswagg. She has worked with global artists, including Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Jason Derulo, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, and K-pop stars, CL and Taeyang. She has choreographed world tours for Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Janet Jackson. In 2014, she rose to fame after appearing in, choreographing, and directing thirteen music videos for Justin Bieber's Purpose album, including Sorry, the #3 most viewed video on Youtube. Her Palace dance crews (ReQuest, Bubblegum, Sorority, and The Royal Family) have won eight gold medals at the World Hip Hop Dance Championships, and she has performed with The Royal Family in sold out tours all over Australia, Asia, the US, and Europe. Parris has been awarded "Best Live Performance of the Year" and "Best Choreographer of the Year" three times by WOD International. Some of her work in television and film includes appearances on the hit Australian dance show, So You Think You Can Dance, the popular American series Dancing with the Stars, the American Music Awards, and the MTV Music Awards. She also appeared in and choreographed scenes for Step Up 5, and directed and co-starred in the film Born to Dance. Also, a recording artist, Parris recently released the EP, Vicious. Parris is actively involved in Sisters United, the charity she founded with her sisters, Kendal and Narelle, dedicated to mentoring Polynesian women and youth throughout New Zealand.


"It is an autobiography but it's also a bit of a guide for life. I loved it, I absolutely loved it and It gave me hope for the future" - Sonja de Friez, Radio NZ. "Goebel's story might seem like a modern-day fairy-tale but what comes across is that there's been much hard work, focus, determination, family and friend support and self-belief. Goebel writes candidly about self-esteem issues and body image, feelings of insecurity and not fitting in, and dealing with depression. It shows her rise to the top hasn't been without a misstep or two. "Parris: Young Queen - The Story of a Girl Who Conquered the World" is a surprisingly good and lively read." - Dionne Christian, Arts and Books Editor, NZ Herald