Parris Goebel officially honoured with New Zealand Order of Merit award for services to dance

Headlines 10/07/2020

Kiwi dance icon Parris Goebel has officially become a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (NZOM).

Walking on stage is something she does for a living, but on Thursday it wasn't just any stage - it was Government House, greeted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.

Goebel was honoured with a Member of the NZOM in the New Years Honours, in recognition of her services to dance.

An award-winning choreographer, Goebel has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry.

She's come from starring in a Justin Bieber music video - which has now been viewed more than 3 billion times - to piecing together every move of Jennifer Lopez's Super Bowl performance earlier this year.

Goebel has been back in the country for three months, and says she's had a little more time then to celebrate her latest achievement closer to family and friends.

In a post to her Instagram account on Thursday, Goebel said receiving the recognition was "such an honour".

"Thank you to our Governor-General for having me and my family in your stunning Governors House," she wrote.

"I honestly never imagined dance would get me here. Never stop dreaming, never give up and always serve others along your way.

"Thank you to my family for sharing this incredible day with me."