The Hip Op-eration Crew is: The World’s Oldest Hip Hop Dance Group.
The Mega Crew dance troupe consists of 28 senior citizens aged between 67 and 97 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 recently performed at the World Hip-Hop Championship Finals in Las Vegas (11th August 2013) 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 90m minute feature documentary film due to be released in cinemas around the world in 2014.
The Hip Op-eration Crew members include a 97 year old in a wheelchair, six people who use other types of mobility aids including zimmerframes and walking sticks, ten members in their late 80s and early 90s, many people who are deaf, and one member who is legally blind. The average age is 77 years old and there are six men and 22 women in the Crew.
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