The Hip Op-eration Crew is the world’s oldest dance group (Guinness World Records). They are the current world title holders.
The dance crew consists of seven senior citizens aged 71 to 96 years old. The average age is 80 and there are two men and five women in the crew.
One member is legally blind and partially deaf, one member uses a mobility aid, one member is profoundly deaf, two members have had major heart surgery, many have artificial knees and hips, there is a married couple in the group (aged 82 and 85 years old) and all members have arthritis.
They are all neighbours and live on a small island off the East coast of Auckland, New Zealand in the South Pacific (Waiheke Island).
Please click here to view their latest performance.
The group is managed by 46 year old Billie Jordan who founded the group after being injured in New Zealand's worst natural disaster - the Christchurch Earthquake on 22nd February 2011. She is also the group's choreographer, dance teacher, publicist, marketer, event manager, transporter and friend. All her time is voluntary.
They have also featured in the news media all over the world from the front page of the Wall Street Journal to the BBC News in Europe, to Chinese, American, Japanese, Taiwanese and Australian prime-time television and online news media from the Huffington Post and Upworthy to the Daily Telegraph. The group attracts millions of hits when featured in social media.
They are also the subject of the award winning documentary Hip Hop-eration. You can view the trailer for this film here.
Founder and Manager 46 year old Billie Jordan recently did a Ted Talk which received standing ovations. Please click here to view her Ted Talk. Please click here to view the performance The Hip Op-eration Crew did after her Ted Talk.
An aged persons advocate, Billie is focused on creating extraordinary experiences for seniors to revolutionize ageing. To view her company and service offerings click here.
Ageism is a real issue in western society. A lot of people automatically presume just because you're a senior citizen you must be old fashioned, feeble, no longer able to contribute to society, can't learn new things, aren't engaged in technology, and don't like doing any activity that is supposedly outside of their comfort zone. Part of the group's aim is to also address those mis-perceptions and prejudices whilst forming a stronger connection with youth.
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