I don’t think I will ever quite forget J Lo and Shakira’s Super Bowl halftime show. Held in Miami, Florida, the two stars brought on the heat alongside J Balvin and Bad Bunny in celebration of Latino culture and female empowerment – and undoubtedly – it was a dance spectacular. For those already in the know of dance, J Lo’s firework-fuelled performance was the brain child of Parris Goebel who fuses nods of Jamaican dance culture into her viral combinations – her latest is on TikTok – and counts other celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Rihanna on her star-studded resumé. Another crucial aspect to Goebel’s successful career is her ReQuest Dance Crew, who hailing from New Zealand, travel the globe to perform alongside the biggest names in music.
Seen twerking and popping alongside J Lo at the aforementioned halftime show, Corbyn Taulealea Huch, Ling Zhang and Kirsten Dogden are leading a worldwide dance class this Friday, giving all involved insight into the glittering world of their craft. This dance workshop is the latest initiative in You Can’t Stop Us, Nike’s mission to provide all athletes* with the tools, motivation and affirmation to help fuel physical and mental health.
To keep athletes* moving at home, Nike has free workouts, coaching, guided runs, running plans, nutritional advice and training tips via it’s Nike Running Club app (NRC), the Nike Training Club app (NTC), social channels, Nike.com, the You Can’t Stop Us hub and the award winning Nike podcast, TRAINED.
In the lead up to the global event, GRAZIA spoke with Corbyn for insight into working with J Lo, Parris Goebel and how dance can transform our mental health and fitness.
GRAZIA: You’ve danced alongside J Lo at the Super Bowl halftime show. What was her energy like and how do you try and emulate that in your own life?
Corbyn Taulealea Huch: “J Lo is an ultimate professional and always works extremely hard so when you are around her, you definitely want to work just as hard. Hard work is something I have been taught since dancing with Parris and it is how I approach all things in my life.”
GRAZIA: ReQuest’s signature style, dancehall, includes nods to female empowerment and self-expression. Why is it important for all women to take part in this dance style – even if they’re not an experienced dancer?
CTH: “The ReQuest crew are so passionate about how dance has the ability to help us own our individual strengths as women through movement, whether we are experienced dancers or not. Dance is such an inclusive sport, all you need is your body to get started, and in the dancehall style all women are celebrated, which is incredibly empowering.
There’s also something electric when you bring a group of women together through movement, whether in person or virtually. The energy you feel is just incredible when you have this community of women motivating and uplifting each other. This is such a great opportunity to join women all over the world for an empowering, high-energy class to bring us into the weekend.”
GRAZIA: What has the biggest lesson you’ve taken from working with Parris?
CTH: “The biggest lesson I have learnt from Parris is to always work hard, do things with passion and always aim for improvement. She has also taught me great leadership skills, which apply in my role at the studio.”
GRAZIA: How has dance helped you through the pandemic?
Dance has helped me to keep fit, active and healthy during this time and it is such a huge part of my life, which has helped me to stay motivated to continue developing my craft and further my journey of self-discovery. I’d recommend everyone, no matter your sport or how much time you have, to keep moving and training every day to help you stay mentally and physically strong at this time.
ReQuest Dance Crew will be live on Instagram on Friday May 22, from 6pm AEST. See you on the dance floor.