Dancing for Megastar

November 27, 2015 at 8:33 AM

Maddison Barnett and Brianna Dixon’s dance moves have been watched on YouTube nearly 200 million times! The girls feature in videos for songs from Justin Bieber’s new album ‘Purpose: The Movement’. Year 10 student Maddison performs in clips for ‘Sorry’ and ‘What do you mean’ and Brianna, who is in Year 8, can be seen in the video for ‘Children’. 

The pair was chosen to be amongst a select group of Kiwis for the filming by world-renowned choreographer Parris Goebel from Palace Dance Studio. ‘Filming was really fun,’ says Maddison. ‘We had to keep drilling until we had it perfect. It was a good experience to learn what we have to do if we want to make it in dance.’ The girls were subject to confidentially agreements ahead of the album’s release, so had to keep their big news secret from friends and schoolmates. 

‘I knew when it released it would go off so I was excited,’ says Maddison. ‘Seeing all the millions of views is crazy.’ Maddison is part of Miss Goebel’s Sorority crew and Brianna is in the Bubblegum crew. 

The girls study dance at the College and have performed as part of the Dance Showcase and other events. College Head of Dance Mr Geordan Wilcox says Maddison and Brianna are ‘awesomely talented students’. ‘They have amazing energy when they perform. They have something you want to harness and that you want other students to experience.’

Click here to see Maddison in ‘What do you mean’: 

Click here to see Brianna in ‘Children’:

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