The Hip Op-eration Crew were surprise performers at tonight’s ceremonies at the Langham Hotel. They made a guest appearance with members of the former South Auckland dance crew Krash to a standing ovation from the star-studded audience. “We were overwhelmed by the warmth and generosity of the audience response,” said Crew member Dianne Bartlett.
Tonight’s award is the culmination of three year’s hard work for Billie to take an unlikely group of ageing islanders and make them into a world-wide dance sensation, made famous through the New Zealand Documentary of the Year film Hip Hop-eration.
Billie has achieved her ambition of showing the world that age is no barrier to having fun and achieving more. Her genius was in teaching the Crew hip-hop. In doing so she bridged the age gap and made older people relevant to the young and vice versa.
All Waiheke will be thrilled to hear this fantastic news. Congratulations Billie.