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TopicsTeamwork, Ted Talk Speaker, Diversity, Inclusion, Well Being, Humanitarian, Team Building, Peak Performance, Leadership, Generational Differences, Risk Taking, Attitude, Personal Growth, Turn Around, Achievement, Mental Health, Adventure Experiences, Arts (Dance) and Ageing.

 

Services: Keynote Speaker, Workshops for Teams, Hip Hop Dance Lessons, Q&A, Guest Presenter.

Summary: After surviving an abusive childhood and repeated trauma in the deadly Christchurch Earthquake in 2011, Billie Jordan used these experiences as a catalyst for improving the lives of the senior citizens in her community on Waiheke Island (a small island off the East Coast of New Zealand). She established The Hip Op-eration Crew; a hip hop dance group consisting of senior citizens aged 74 to 99 years old. As their leader, and with high expectations of her team, she gave her dance group the audacious goal of being good enough, in just eight months time, to perform at the World Hip 

Hop Championships in Las Vegas. With no background in dance, hip hop or working with the elderly; and with a team of dancers whose average age was 80 (with many members who were blind, deaf, disabled or had dementia), she had her work cut out for her. In her presentation she discusses her personal story, her belief in her team reaching a seemingly impossible goal, the obstacles they faced as a group, and the tight relationship they formed with the only group of people who supported them on their journey - a group of young street dancers from Otara (the Bronx of New Zealand). Against all odds and with strong leadership, togetherness and teamwork they made it to the World Hip Hop Championships and into the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest dance crew on the planet. Billie's unique presentation captivates audiences across all ages and industries, is moving, full of videos and photos (i.e. no boring text) and makes people laugh and cry (but all in a  good way). It's a heart-warming story that shows, with the right attitude, anything is possible!

 

A top Hollywood film production company has purchased the worldwide life rights to Billie Jordan's story and plan on making a blockbuster film based on her life. In addition, a feature documentary film called Hip Hop-eration 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 dozens of awards at international film festivals.

 
Billie was recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in 2016 with an MNZM (Member of the NZ Order of Merit), crowned NEXT magazine New Zealand Woman of the Year in October 2016, awarded New Zealander of the Year in the Local Hero category in 2015, has done a Ted Talk to critical acclaim. She has been a keynote speaker and guest presenter at many prestigious events all over the world including Scotland, Canada and Australia. 
 
Hear the inspiring story of how Billie changed the lives of her elderly neighbours and how they changed hers. If your audience don't laugh and cry and then give her a standing ovation at the end, they'll be the first audience not to do so!

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