Meet The Woman Who Brought Her “Polyswagg” To Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”
Chances are, if you’ve seen the video for “Sorry”, you’ve already pulled a muscle in your back trying to teach yourself the routine in your room. Certainly, if you saw even a glimpse of “Feeling Myself”, you’ve injured yourself grievously practicing that shit too. The special thread that binds these beautiful videos together is “polyswagg,” and it’s the brainchild of 23-year old choreographer Paris Goebel.
Goebel choreographs and dances for the amazing all-female dance crew ReQuest, who made it to MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” and also lends her formidable talents to another dance crew, The Royal Family. She sat down with ELLE to talk about choreographing for the Biebz and also expounded on her personal choreogprahy style, “Polyswagg,” which is essentially “combining sassy woman fire with aggressive inner strength.” Oh, so you mean like this?
Ahhhhhhh!!😍 I am so honoured to have my choreography on @nickiminaj and @beyonce Feelin myself clip!!! Go check it out on Tidal😁😁😁 Nicki went innnn. So proud of you ma!👑👑👑 shoutout to my girls @dellaaaalicious & @janabthompkins killin it next to her. I feel blessed😘❤️✨ #Feelinmyself #Queens #ParrisGoebelchoreography
When pressed to elaborate, she said:
I guess in the dance industry women are, I think, perceived a little bit different you know. I feel like we’re always overlooked and underrated, to be honest. But, maybe that’s a reflection of how hip-hop has represented women. I’ve just felt like women in the hip-hop industry and the dance industry that I work in just need to kind of put themselves forward, put themselves first, not be afraid to shine and show what they’re made of and what they can offer to the world.
After some YoutTube digging, I’ve discovered that Goebel choreographs the kind of movement you think you look like when you’re really getting after it. Ya girl is on the right, FYI. Watch and learn.