The Royal Family in Gisborne
Polyswagg is an aura that emanates from one’s being through dance that oozes with ancestral culture and ultra-skill, according to the urban dictionary.
It is also Auckland-based The Palace Dance Studio’s signature style.
On Saturday, the Palace’s troupes The Royal Family, all-girls crew ReQuest, junior crew Bubblegum (who took out New Zealand’s junior street dance national championships in 2016), Varsity, and Sorority, bring their hip-hop show to Gisborne.
A troupe of 40-60 dancers who have featured in Justin Bieber’s music videos Sorry, and What Do You Mean will reign over the War Memorial Theatre stage for two-and-a-half hours with polyswagg and global street dance styles in a show called Reclaim the Crown.
Polyswagg encompasses The Palace Dance Studio’s style but the show will explore “a bunch of different styles”, says the Palace’s second head choreographer, Cullen Neale.
“We train pretty much six to seven days a week.”
The training includes fitness sessions with an emphasis on cardio workouts to meet the high-energy needs of the company’s performances.
Award-winning choreographer and dancer Parris Goebel started up The Palace Dance Studio and the Royal Family.
Goebel has worked with international stars that include Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Nicky Minaj and Justin Bieber.
In 2012, she was hired as a choreographer for Jennifer Lopez’s Dance Again World Tour.
Auckland hip-hop dance company The Palace Dance Studio, presents Reclaim the Crown at the War Memorial Theatre, Saturday, 7pm. Tickets $27.50+bf from SJ Photography or www.ticketdirect.co.nz