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With over three billion combined views on YouTube and credits from some of the biggest names in the biz, Parris Goebel has become an international phenomenon. And now the New Zealand native is taking her #savage choreography to the masses in a new docuseries called "The Parris Project World Tour." Visiting 10 different countries in six weeks, the world class choreographer and her crew (the Royal Family) give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at life on a major dance tour—and it's the perfect blend of glamour and hard work.

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Ciara and the ReQuest Crew rehearsing the intense "Level Up" choreo (via YouTube)

What goes into the making of an instant-classic dance video? You'll find the answer in the mini documentary Ciara's team just released. Following the creation of the pop star's latest music vid, "Level Up"—choreographed by the ever-epic Parris Goebel, and featuring the magical dancers of Goebel's ReQuest crew—it's a very, very real look at all the sweat and struggles that made the finished product possible. Crazy-talented musical artists: They're just like us! (In that they spend ages rehearsing in the studio, at least.)

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"My comeback on 💯" (via YouTube)

We've always been impressed by Ciara's very legit dance skills. But for "Level Up," the first single she's released since 2015, the star decided to create a dance vid that is actually on another level.

How'd she do it? By recruiting choreographer extraordinaire Parris Goebel and her epic ReQuest Dance Crew. We knew "Level Up" was a banger from the second we first heard it, but by their powers combined, Ciara, Goebel, and the ReQuest dancers make it into an absolutely irresistible dance jam.

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Cue the reaction videos. (Via YouTube)

Parris Goebel's Royal Family is just operating on a different level.

The crazy-good dance crew, which has been at the top of the competitive hip-hop scene for what feels like a century, was recently invited to give a guest performance at Hip Hop International New Zealand Nationals. And the routine they brought—choreographed by Goebel herself—was so amazing that it's inspiring its own reaction videos on YouTube.

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Cue the reaction videos. (Via YouTube)

Parris Goebel's Royal Family is just operating on a different level.

The crazy-good dance crew, which has been at the top of the competitive hip-hop scene for what feels like a century, was recently invited to give a guest performance at Hip Hop International New Zealand Nationals. And the routine they brought—choreographed by Goebel herself—was so amazing that it's inspiring its own reaction videos on YouTube.

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Parris Goebel and her ReQuest Dance Crew (via Twitter)

Are your moves smooth and sexy like Chloé Arnold's tapping Syncopated Ladies, or is your dancing bubblegum sweet like the girls of Suga N Spice? Behold, the answer:

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Don't be fooled by the sound of Parris Goebel's voice. The 25-year-old choreographer and dancer from Auckland, New Zealand, speaks in sweet, soft tones, her demeanor almost demure. But listen carefully to her words and you'll realize that Goebel, who recently relocated to L.A., fully embodies the take-no-prisoners attitude that makes her larger than life on-screen. From her effortless cool in Justin Bieber's "Sorry" video to her explosive performances with the Royal Family and ReQuest crews, Goebel goes full-out in everything she does—and says.

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I say this publicly and without shame: I, Margaret Fuhrer, a fully-grown woman, spent much of my weekend watching Justin Bieber's "Purpose: The Movement" dance movie on repeat.

Look: I've had my ups and downs with Bieber over the years. We all have. He knows it. But you have to respect this insanely ambitious, insanely dance-y, insanely GOOD new project, which dropped Saturday. Leave it to Bieber to both over-promise and over-deliver on a premise that sounded iffy when it was first announced (dance videos for all 13 of the new album's tracks? Okaaaay) and now just seems brilliant (13 AMAZING DANCE VIDEOS AHHHHHH).

This isn't just a love letter to the Biebs, though. The person we should really be most in awe of right now is Parris Goebel, the genius 24-year-old choreographer who directed the whole thing. In addition to choreographing many of the tracks herself, Goebel pulled in an unbelievable number of dance stars to perform in and create for the various videos. There's a spirit of generosity to the project—she not only wants to show what she can do, but also what the people she admires can do.

Nobody disappoints. And much as we loved the cotton-candy happiness of "Sorry," "Purpose: The Movement" isn't all unicorns and rainbows. Several of the videos are genuinely dark—and genuinely moving.

November cover stars Keone and Mari Madrid create a gently heartbreaking portrait of one-sided love in "Love Yourself":

July/August cover guy Ian Eastwood performs an angsty dance serenade for his real-life gf, Megan Batoon, in "No Pressure":

Emma Portner, one of our choreographers to watch last year, gets powerful support from fellow dancer and choreographer Patrick Cook in "Life Is Worth Living":

A fantastic cast of dancers, including our friend Janelle Ginestra, depict a searingly tragic love triangle in "The Feeling":

An all-grown-up Simrin Player, who covered our November 2013 issue, tries to comfort a very sad Biebs in the title track:

And that's not even the half of it. ("Sorry" fans, for example, will be happy to know that the lovely ladies of ReQuest and The Royal Family make appearances in several videos.) Check out the full dance movie here.

Also, THANK YOU, Bieber and Goebel, for crediting every single one of the choreographers and dancers featured in the videos. Note to the music industry: Let's make that a habit.

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You guys. Is there anything the 24-year-old director/choreographer/dancer extraordinaire Parris Goebel can't do? Probably not, since she's added "recording artist and singer" to her long list of accomplishments. Goebel just dropped her first single, "Friday," along with a crazy/awesome dance-y music video, and it's been on repeat allllll day long over here.

The New Zealander already made music history last year when she choreographed some of the Biebs' music videos for "Purpose: The Movement" and they went viral in like .2 seconds. So there was no doubt in our minds that she'd eventually rock her own lyrics, too. She debuted the song this past Friday night with a live performance at Hip Hop International's competition in Las Vegas.

Goebel told the Los Angeles Times that the idea to record music and take this next career step happened unexpectedly, while she was helping out a friend. "It just kind of sparked a light in me and inspired me to take it a bit more seriously and see if I could fuse all of my gifts and talents together to create something really special," she says. She also revealed some details about the forthcoming full album: "I rap and sing, and I've co-written and co-produced a lot of the music." #Wonderwoman

The "Friday" track is a super-fun hip-hop song and the colorful music video's choreo is, naturally, on point. Plus, all the fun and trendy leggings, tights, socks and sleepwear featured in the looks are available to purchase through Hue here. The brand partnered with Parris for the video, and later this fall will debut an exclusive line of tights and socks branded with Parris' logo. Check out the magic for yourself:

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You've been dancing around the house/school hallway/studio ever since Justin Bieber dropped his irresistibly catchy new single, "Sorry."

That's not a question; it's a statement. Don't hide. We see you.

Well, here's further proof that the Biebs loves us and wants us to be happy: He felt that releasing the most dance-friendly song of the moment wasn't good enough. No; he also had to go and make a giant dance party of a music video.

Justin himself is nowhere in sight in the "Sorry" vid, but—and I say this with love—you won't miss him. You'll be too busy obsessing over the cast of ladies from the ReQuest and Royal Family crews, who appear to be having the time of their lives as they dominate director Parris Goebel's delicious, slick-meets-silly choreography.

The feel is that of a group of friends getting together to make a karaoke video late one lazy night. Except that this particular group of friends happens to be made up of amazing dancers with equally amazing wardrobes. (Everyone still in need of a group Halloween costume idea: GET ON IT.)

But wait! There's more. According to TMZ, the "Sorry" video is actually part of a larger dance movie showcasing Bieber's new album, Purpose. All of the album's 18 songs will be included in the 35-minute film, which will feature lots more choreo by Goebels. So, get excited.

You don't need to say "Sorry," Justin. This makes it all better.

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