Hip-hop seniors take to the stage
Hip-hop’s oldest dance troupe is hoping to take on the world at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas but not before showing Aucklanders their moves first.
The Hip Op-eration Crew, once known as The World’s Oldest Flash Mob, is now an official hip-hop dance troupe with members aged between 66 and 96.
The crew is set to compete at the New Zealand National Street Dance Championships in Freemans Bay on April 26.
They will go head to head with the best mega crews from around the country before performing a special tribute performance at the championships on April 27.
The group, from Waiheke Island, formed last year staging flash mob performances across Auckland.
Some perform with zimmer frames, walking sticks and wheelchairs and one member is legally blind.
But nothing stops them from strutting their stuff.
Crew manager Billie Jordan recruited senior citizens from across Waiheke Island to the group to reduce the stigma of ageing and to bring the older generation and youth closer together.
The response to the group from the hip-hop community has been amazing, Ms Jordan says.
‘‘They have brought the crew to tears with happiness.
‘‘As many of their aged friends don’t really support them in their mission to become legitimate hip-hop dancers it’s great they can get that support and encouragement from the hip-hop community.’’
The aim of the crew is to show respect to young people and inspire them to achieve their dreams, she says.
After the national championships the group hopes the organisers of the World Hip Hop Dance Championships will invite them to perform at the competition in Las Vegas in August.
‘‘For many members of the crew it would be their last hurrah in this life,’’ Ms Jordan says.
The New Zealand National Street Dance Championships run at the Victory Convention Centre, Freemans Bay, from April 25 to 27.
Go to aucklandcityharbour news.co.nz to watch the Hip Op-eration Crew perform at the Auckland Regional Hip Hop Championships on March 23.