‘The Hip Op-eration Crew’ Helps Seniors Stay Young Through Dance


Being active has always been one of the greatest joys in my life: when I was a child, I loved playing sports, and now, I run almost every day. I can only hope that I’ll be able to keep up this kind of lifestyle when I’m older, well into my 70s, 80s, and even 90s!

A group of tough-looking senior citizens have found a way to stay active and young at heart, all while having fun — all thanks to a woman named Billie Jordan. In 2012, Billie founded a group name The Hip Op-eration Crew on Waiheke Island, New Zealand. She isn’t a dancer herself, but she saw how much the senior citizens she met on the island loved dancing to hip-hop music. So she decided that they were going to form a dance troupe. A group of 18 seniors answered her call, and formed the cleverly named Hip Op-eration Crew!

The seniors range in age from 68 to 95 years old, and 22 of them competed in the 2013 World Hip-Hop Championship in Las Vegas. There, they earned the title of the world’s oldest dance troupe, according to the Guinness World Records.

It’s no easy task for Billie to guide these seniors: some have hearing impairments, and others have mobility issues. But these issues are not stopping the lively grandmas and grandpas from participating, and they’re not keeping Billie from doing what she loves!

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