Billie Jordan MNZM
Founder Hip-Op-eration Crew - the oldest Dance Group in the World!
Billie Jordan is the 'New Zealander of the Year - Local Hero 2015'. She's the founder, manager and choreographer of the oldest Dance Group in the World! The Hip Oper-ation Crew has members aged 71-96 years and they've performed at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas!
After surviving an abusive childhood and repeated trauma in the Christchurch Earthquake, Billie used her experiences as a catalyst for improving the lives of people in her community. She established The Hip Op-eration Crew; a hip hop dance group consisting of members aged 71 to 96 years old. They are in the Guinness World Records as the oldest dance group in the world and have performed at the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas, and to an audience of 15,000 at the Taipei Arena in Taiwan.
They have competed in the NZ National Hip Hop Championships three times and won their division at the Auckland Regional Hip Hop Championships in 2016. A feature documentary film called Hip Hoperation about Billie's mission to get her elderly neighbours to the World Hip Hop championships has been playing in cinemas all over the world and has won many prestigious awards.
Check out the Dance Crew performing at TedX: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsJjOxGhAEO
Billie was the recipient of a Queens Honour (MNZM) in 2016 and received the New Zealander of the Year award in the Local Hero category in 2015. She has done a TED TALK to critical acclaim and been a guest speaker at the Beehive and at many corporate events around NZ.
She has now launched her Hip Op-eration Dance Academy in every country in the world and also runs an international travel company taking senior citizens on unique adventures to maximise their potential.
Hear the inspiring story of how Billie changed the lives of her elderly neighbours and how they changed hers.
If you would like her seven member dance group aged 71 to 96 years old to perform after her speech, then just let us know. If your audience don't give her a standing ovation at the end, they'll be the first audience not to do so!
We very much appreciate Billie opening our conference with such energy and authenticity. The response to her keynote presentation has been hugely positive. Billie's messages about innovation, ‘can do’ attitude, looking for the gold in people, and never giving up, resonated very strongly with members of our sector. Conference participants used the words “inspirational,” “fabulous,” and “visionary” to describe her and her work and said she was an “awesome, inspiring speaker.”
Adult Community Education
Billie was absolutely wonderful and from all the feedback since, people are still considering so many of the pearls of wisdom and inspiration she gave us. We can't thank her and praise her enough
Thank you again, the staff are still on cloud nine, so inspired and almost daily we receive comments about how fantastic it was – both the crew and Billie's speech – she truly has an amazing story to tell and has touched our people immensely
Thank you so much once again for speaking at our conference last night. Everyone absolutely loved Billie’s presentation and her dance crew's performance – today the office is abuzz with how amazing they all were.
Lotto New Zealand
I saw Billie and her crew at the conference (and I'm watching the documentary that was on prime last night as I write this)... I felt compelled to write this email and tell you Billie is amazing!! I loved hearing her speak and seeing what she has achieved with the group is nothing short of amazing. Keep eating up life! Well done.
Her vision bought out of hardship was inspirational and the crew magic. When I saw the movie last year (my favourite movie of the year) I vowed to grow old disgracefully. Billie and the dance team show people how to live instead of waiting to die. They can all hold their heads high and be proud of their amazing achievements.There is so much that is wrong with our care of the elderly in most ‘civilised’ countries and Billie is addressing it in a very personal way.
I wanted to say thanks so much for Billie's speech and performance last week. It was a standout and is getting such great feedback. Also, personally it was great to meet Billie - I think she is an amazing lady!
Billie was fantastic! She has a great story to tell and she told it really well. It goes to show what you can do when you put your mind to something and she has certainly made a difference. She had everyone captivated and in fits of laughter with her stories, she has passion, drive and a real desire to help people. She is going to continue to do great things and we would have no problems recommending her to others.
Backpacker Youth and Adventure Tourism Association
Billie has been the talk of the audience since her presentation, as she not only relayed her entertaining experiences with The Hip Op-eraton Crew but has prompted the audience to review their own approach to 'the grey tsunami' and how they themselves want to approach their future. She has raised our awareness which is much more than being just entertainment. An excellent speaker with a relaxed style and very entertaining. We unreservedly recommend Billie Jordan.
- New Zealander of the Year Award - Local Hero, 2015
- Rotary International Paul Harris Award, 2014;
- Outstanding Community Service Award, 2013.
- Registered Associate Member of ProGuides - a member of the World Federation of Tour Guides Association.
In addition to Billie’s inspiring and motivational general speech she can also offer customised sessions on the following:
- Team Work
- Challenge and Adventure
- Preparing for the Grey Tsunami
- Health, Lifestyle and Well being for older people
- Travel for the Aging Population
- Senior Citizens
- Baby Boomers
- Community Work
- Social media, marketing and public relations
- Dance and Hip Hop
Billie can convey the following corporate values and key messages:
- Challenge boundaries
- Just do it
- Engaging communities
- Team work - all being on the same page
- Leadership - importance of expectations
- Thinking outside the box
- Celebrating life
- Never underestimating someone