Sunday, August 30, 2015
Oldest dance group: The Hip Op-eration Crew breaks Guinness World Records record (VIDEO)
Waiheke Island, New Zealand--The Hip Op-eration Crew members include four people who use mobility aids, five members in their 90s, many people who are deaf, and one member who is legally blind; the average age is 80 and there are five men and 18 women in the Crew, thus setting the world record for the Oldest dance croup,
according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: The Oldest Dance Troupe in the World is The Hip Op-eration Crew. The hip hop mega crew consists of 23 senior citizens aged 67 to 95 years old from Waiheke Island. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the oldest dance troupe is The Hip Op-eration Crew (New Zealand), consisting of 23 active members aged 67 to 95 years old, with an average age of 79 years and 197 days as of 10 May 2014.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the oldest professional DJ; it is Sally Hille (USA, b. April 1920), who, aged 94 years and 92 days as of 2011 presents a weekly podcast on WMOA in Marietta, Ohio, USA. Sally presents a weekly show called news for seniors on WMOA.
The Hip Op-eration Crew aims to reduce the stigma of aging through entertainment.
Each member of the crew (called a homie within the crew) has a hip hop name such as Quick Silver (95), Kara Bang Bang (94), Shake it up Sheila (81), Dollar 91(91), Terri 2 Cents (93), Tiny Tot (81), Snoop J (79), DD Bugz (67), BB Rizzell (80).
All members of The Hip Op-eration Crew are neighbours on Waiheke Island (a small island off the East Coast of New Zealand in the middle of the South Pacific).
The Hip Op-eration Crew has wowed audiences all over the world since they were first established as a hip hop dance group in January 2013.
The Hip Op-eration Crew have featured on BBC World, the front page of the Wall Street Journal, Australia's premiere Sunday Night programme, Fox News, NZ's Got Talent and other television networks, radio stations, magazines and newspapers all over the world.
From their website: "Our dream is to one day travel to the Bronx in New York where hip hop originated. Once there, we want to do surprise Flash Mob hip hop performances in the schools and youth centres to show the kids how their urban ancestors have changed the lives of the most unlikely group of people on the other side of the world. We want to show that, when you do something positive, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant at the time, you can change people's lives for the better all over the globe - even 50 years later! Never underestimate what you can contribute to this world! It's a big dream for us to get to the Bronx, but it is possible." (click on the link to support their dream).
Related world records:
Oldest dance school graduate - world record set by Frederick Salter
Oldest graduate: Dr Allan Stewart sets world record
Oldest Formerly Illiterate Author: James Arruda Henry sets world record (Video)
Oldest college graduate: Leo Plass (Video)
Largest mattress: Dolidol Maroc
Most people making heart-shaped hand gestures: Carrefour Belgium