Se­nior hip-hop crew seek­ing spon­sors to en­able trip to US

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

Go to auck­land­c­i­ty­har­bour news.co.nz to see more pho­tos of Pa­cific Mer­maid.

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