Calling All Royal Family Crew Fans: Here's Your Chance to Win a Visit from Parris Goebel

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In honor of its 10th anniversary, the fan-favorite dance crew Royal Family has announced three Instagram challenges with seriously incredible prizes: a visit from/workshop with Parris Goebel, VIP tix to any RF show, and all kinds of free merch. Go ahead and freak out a little—OR A LOT.

With all prizes valid anywhere in the world, these challenges are open to anyone. But entries end soon, so read on for the deets.


Video Challenge

The task: Recreate a Royal Family, ReQuest, Sorority, or Bubblegum routine, video it, and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #RF10YA.

The prize: A free visit from and workshop taught by the one and only Parris Goebel

The cut-off: July 9

Photo Challenge

The task: Take a fabulous "crowns up" photo of you, your friends, or your studio crew, and upload it to Instagram with the hashtag #RF10YA.

The prize: Two VIP tickets for a live Royal Family show anywhere in the world

The cut-off: July 9

Mini Challenge

The task: Vote for your favorite of the 10 Royal Family, ReQuest, Sorority, and Bubblegum routines posted in the Instagram album by hashtagging the video number in the comments.

The prize: A merchandise pack, complete with the latest Royal Family gear and Parris' book, shipped to your doorstep

The cut-off: A prize will be given out every week until July 9 (leaving you this week and next week to participate).





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