Senior hip-hop crew seeking sponsors to enable trip to US
A group of hip-hop dancers dressed in black with dangling silver chains have wowed Auckland audiences and now have their sights set on Las Vegas.
But this isn’t any ordinary dance crew.
The Hip Op-eration Crew is a group of 37 senior citizens aged from 66 to 96.
They competed in the Mega Crew Division of the NZ National Hip Hop Championships in Freemans Bay on Friday and appeared on stage again on Saturday for a guest tribute performance at the finals.
The golden oldies hail from Waiheke Island and held their own in a twominute choreographed piece performed to a mix of R&B and orchestra.
The movements were slower than their contemporaries, and the oddzimmer frame and wheelchair were present, but the crew still managed to impress.
‘‘It was nothing short of phenomenal,’’ Street Dance NZ director Bev AdairBeets says.
‘‘They adhered to hip-hop stance in every movement.’’
Now the dancers are aiming for the World Hip-Hop Championships in Las Vegas in August.
Hip Op-eration is not new to fame.
Creator Billie Jordan first formed the crew with the intention of performing a few flash mobs, but now a film documentary is being made about them.
The dancers aim to form stronger connections with young people and promote attitudinal change in society towards older people and youth.
Ms Jordan says the crew is looking for a sponsor and/ or donations to raise the $250,000 they need to travel to the United States.
The Otara Youth Programme receives 10 per cent of all sponsorship funds and donations.
Phenomenal: The Hip Op-eration Crew has been performing since August 2012 and hopes to make it to this year’s World Hip-Hop Championships in Las Vegas.
Go to aucklandcityharbour news.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see The Hip Op-eration Crew perform.
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