The World’s Oldest Dance Group: The Hip Op-eration Crew is the only international group invited to perform to an audience of over 14,000 at the Taipei Stadium in Taiwan. The event in November is called ‘Seniors on Broadway’ and features 10 performance groups from around Taiwan; all aged in their retirement years.
"The gift of money from New Hope will enable members of my dance crew, who are really struggling to raise the funds to get to Taiwan, achieve their goal. We have all been saving every penny for a year now in case an opportunity like this came up; but we are still a bit short. This money will get us over the line," says Hip Op-eration Crew Manager Billie Jordan.
“My crew are so proud to represent Waiheke Island and senior citizens all over the world in Taiwan. The event is a really big deal and attracts a lot of attention from news media all over Asia,” says Billie.
The Waiheke Island based hip hop mega crew was recently awarded the international status of ‘World’s Oldest Dance Troupe’ by Guinness World Records and will be included in the 2014 issue when it comes out in September this year.
The Hip Op-eration Crew consists of 23 senior citizens aged 67 to 95 years old; all neighbours on Waiheke Island. They have competed in the NZ National Hip Hop Championships over the past two years and were guest performers at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas last year where they received standing ovations.