Bronx or Bust: The Hip Op-eration Crew
Bronx or Bust: The Hip Op-eration Crew
Show kids that no matter what your obstacle, it is possible to achieve big goals at any age.
Show kids that no matter what your obstacle, it is possible to achieve big goals at any age. Read more
The lives of children in the South Bronx are going to change if the elderly hip hop dance group, The Hip Op-eration Crew, has their way.
The world’s oldest dance group has a visit to the Bronx at the top of its bucket list and hopes to raise enough funds within the next 30 days to visit there this November.
The group of hip hop dancers aged 68 to 96 years old says their mission is to travel from their homes on Waiheke Island to the South Bronx in New York where hip hop originated from to surprise the kids in youth centres and schools with a hip hop dance performance.
95 year old hip hop dancer Kara Nelson (aka Kara Bang Bang) says, “we want to pay tribute to the children’s urban ancestors who invented hip hop and show these kids that when you do something positive, which brings people together, you can change the lives of the most unlikely group of people on the other side of the world.”
The Waiheke Island based Hip Op-eration Crew has risen to notoriety since they performed at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas in 2013 and had a feature documentary film about them released in cinemas internationally last year.
Founder and Manager of The Hip Op-eration Crew, Billie Jordan says the dance group wants to make a difference in people’s lives before they die.
“We hope to show people around the world that no matter what your age or what obstacles you have in front of you, it is possible to achieve big goals and make a positive contribution to the lives of others.
"Going to the Bronx to inspire the young people is just part our mission, the other part is to show the world how much older people can achieve and contribute to society when they are treated as equals and have high expectations of them.
“We are very fortunate to have a lot of international news media interested in filming our journey to the Bronx which will provide us with a much larger platform to inspire more people,” says Jordan.
95 year old dancer Terri Woolmore-Goodwin (aka Terri 2 Cents) says they want people to join them on the journey to the Bronx.
“We are inviting anyone who makes a Gold Donation to our ‘Bronx or Bust’ charity fundraiser to join us on the trip to the Bronx. It will be a heart-warming and unforgettable experience for everyone involved. It's one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities,” says Woolmore-Goodwin.
The Hip Op-eration Crew consists of 22 dancers aged 68 to 96 years old. Five members have dementia, one is blind, four use mobility aids, six are deaf, all have arthritis and the average age is 80. They are in the Guinness World Records as the oldest dance troupe in the world and are all neighbours on Waiheke Island.
To raise the funds needed to travel to the Bronx they are offering any person or organisation that makes a Gold Donation to their charity the opportunity to join the crew on the trip and brand a dancer’s clothing with their logo.
“We need to raise enough funds in the next 30 days to get 18 crew members to the Bronx. We hope people can support us and see the bigger picture of what we are trying to achieve.
People may even want to brand one of the dancers in memory of a person who has passed away - so they are there in spirit, Corporations may want to this unique experience as a staff incentive reward,” says Jordan.
For more information about The Hip Op-eration Crew’s ‘Bronx or Bust’ fundraising campaign please visit:
Risks and challenges
Every member of The Hip Op-eration Crew has their own travel and health insurance and only members with medical clearance will be permitted to travel to the Bronx. It is expected 17 members of the crew, ages 68 to 95 years old, will be okay to travel.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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