Dancing to their own beat

Ageing flash mob surprises city shoppers

Last updated 11:35 10/11/2012
The World's Oldest Flash Mob
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DANCING TROUPE: The World's Oldest Flash Mob perform in Auckland.

The World's Oldest Flash Mob
PHIL DOYLE/Fairfax NZ
ROCKING OUT: The flash mob in the city.

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Ageing Waiheke Island residents were dancing to the beat of their own drum as they flash mobbed their way through the central city this morning.

Fifty members of The World's Oldest Flash Mob set out to surprise shoppers with three hip hop routines.

They group performed at Matiata Ferry on Waiheke Island before making their way to dance Vulcan Lane in the city and the footpath outside the Civic Theatre.

The members of the flash mob, ranging between 65 and 95 years old, set up the dancing group in the hope it will reduce the stigma of ageing through entertainment.

And they've proved that despite the challenges that ageing provides, they're not afraid to tackle any obstacles.

One of the member's is in a wheelchair, one uses a zimmerframe, one needs a walking stick and one is legally blind. Many of the members are deaf, partially sighted and have artificial hips and pacemakers.

"Ageism is a real issue in our society," said Billie Jordan, the flash mob's manager.

"A lot of people automatically presume that just because you're a senior citizen you must be old fashioned, feeble, unemployable, not capable of being independent, no longer contribute to society, can't learn new things, like routines and regulations, aren't engaged in technology, and don't like doing any activity that is supposedly out of your comfort zone."

Jordan said the flash mob have labelled their routines 'random acts of kindness' because they simply melt back into the crowds after performing.

"It is solely a gift to make people smile and laugh," he said.

None of the members have been professional dancers or have any hip hop experience and the only requirements for members is to be 65 years or over and "have a pulse".

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