The Hip Op-eration Crew is the world’s oldest dance group (Guinness World Records, 2014).
The Mega Crew hip hop dance troupe consists of 23 senior citizens aged between 67 and 95 years old. All Crew members are neighbours and live on Waiheke Island, a small island off the East coast of New Zealand in the South Pacific.
The motto of The Hip Op-eration Crew is RHY = Respect and Honour Youth.
Hip Hop dance is a vehicle to not only form stronger connections with our young people but to also promote attitudinal change in our society; towards both aged persons and youth.
The group performed at the World Hip-Hop Championship Finals in Las Vegas (11th August 2013), competed in the New Zealand National Hip Hop Championships (2013 & 2014) and have been featured in the news media all over the world from the front page of the Wall Street Journal to the BBC News in Europe to Chinese, American and Australian primetime television. They have become an internet sensation and are also the subject of a 95 minute feature documentary film currently in cinemas all over NZ before being released internationally in late 2014.
The Hip Op-eration Crew members include four people who use mobility aids, 11 members in their 80s and 90s, many people who are deaf, and one member who is legally blind. The average age is 80 years old and there are five men and 18 women in the Crew.
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