Rockettes’ Pick for Dancer of the Week: The Hip Op-eration Crew
Who: The Hip Op-eration Crew
Why we chose them: They got skills! The Hip Op-eration Crew, who currently holds the Guinness World Record for the oldest dance troupe, has 22 members between the ages of 68 and 96. Defying age with their epic dance moves, the crew makes it their mission to form stronger connections with the younger generation and to promote attitudinal change in society towards the elderly.
Founded by manager Billie Jordan, the Hip Op-eration Crew, who are all neighbors and live on a small island off the East coast of Auckland, New Zealand, started off as a flash mob in August 2012 doing surprise dance performances around town. What grew from there was an amazing dance group and community that’s centered around having big goals and endless adventures later in life … and they’ve been dancing ever since!
They’ve performed at the 2013 World Hip-Hop Championship in Las Vegas, competed in the 2013 and 2014 New Zealand National Hip-Hop Championships, and danced away in front of 15,000 people in Taiwan’s Taipei Arena. They even performed at TED Talk in 2015 after Billie gave an inspirational speech about how and why she set up the dance group and how it’s changed their lives.
Fun fact: Each member has their own rad nickname—get to know them here!
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