Billie Jordan

Granny Whisperer and livewire founder of the Hip Op-eration Crew
After surviving an abusive childhood and repeated trauma in the Christchurch Earthquake, Billie Jordan used these 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. 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!


"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." Zonta

"We very much appreciated 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