30 Years of the Grey Panthers 2018
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Arguably the longest continuous seniors' dance group in Australia, the Grey Panthers were formed 1988. Believing in dance as a whole of life experience the Panthers are at the heart of Tracks Dance Company. Much loved in Darwin for their honest, life invigorating performances, the group has included many faces, since the beginning 126 members have passed through. In their 30 years they have been involved in over 30 major performance works with Tracks and hundreds of one off community and Charitable performances.
Hear members of the Grey Panther (seniors' dance troupe) talk about belonging to the group.
Read a short history of the Grey Panthers.
Find out how to purchase the 2018 Calender, Thirty Years of the Grey Panthers.
Grey Panthers 1988 - 2018
Adie Bruce (dec), Anne Newman, Anne Carrick, Antonietta Vanzella, Audrey Gorring (dec), Audrey Svara, Pamela Trotman, Barb Quinlan, Barby Barkly, Barry Thomson, Beryl Darben, Bette Chapman (dec), Bev Paget, Bobbie Johnstone, Carmel Alderson, Carolyn Bursa, Chris Parker (dec), Christina Honan, Christine MacKinnon, Colleen Orr, Crena Hemmings, Darryl Butler, David Turbayne, Delicia Cooke, Diane Dibbins, Diane Lucas, Dianne Mount, Dorothy Mclorras, Dottie Dabin, Elaine Marlow, Eleanor Scott, Ellen Hankin, Elsie Thompson, Eve White, Filomena De Castro, Francisca Kleinebeck, Frida Staats, Gail Morris, Glad Morris, Greta Quong, Gwen Varney, Hanna Stamm, Heather Hyde, Heather Keighley, Helen Mannion-Esparon, Helen Murphy, Hilary Bassett, Idalia De Sousa, Inger Andersson, Jacquie Williams (dec), Jan Blackburn, Jan Hastings, Jan Jewell, Janine Sutter, Janis Lewis, Jean Dempsey, Jean Young Smith, Jenni Sanderson, Jo Davis, Jo Parish, Joan Fensom, Joan Worth, Jocelyn Perkins, Josephine Brine, Joy Soullier, Joyce Tickell, Judi Samuels, Judith Allen, Judy Markwell, Judy Mckerr, Julie Dowson, Julie Mastin, Kath Baldwin (dec), Kathleen Harding, Kathleen Elliot, Kathy Herlihy, Kay Brown, Lendell Fyson, Lesley Piper, Lila Prochazka, Lillian Mann, Linda Mansour, Liz Gammon, Lois Penman, Lucy Aylett, Marg Lee, Margaret Glowacki, Margaret Wight, Marge Duminski, Maria Vlastuin, Marie Porter, Marj Baxter, Marjorie Reynolds, MaryAnn Hinton, Mavis Waddell, Maxine Atkinson, Noelene Trinne, Nora Francis, Norma Young, Pam Smith, Pat Townsend, Patricia O'Neill, Punny Vegter (dec), Rosemary Findlay, Roslyn Henry, Ruth Blandy, Shirley Somers (dec), Soo May Cheng, Toni Vine-Bromley, Trish Greenfield, Val Clark, Val Hristova, Vilaisan Campbell, Von Hill, Wendy James, Willis Gerrig, Zenaida Ballesteros
Program Leaders 1988 - 2018
Sarah Calver, David McMicken, Merrilee Mills, Julia Quinn, Joanna Noonan, Jess Devereux, Kelly Beneforti and Maggi Phillips.
Guest Artists 1988 - 2018
Anja Tait, Betchay Mondragon, Beth Shelton, Bryn Wackett, Claire Kilgarrif, Emma Porteus, Esther Woolnough, Gail Evans, Gary Lang, Jess Devereux, Jayachandran, Jenelle Saunders, Jenine MacKay, Joanna Noonan, Jordan Bretherton, Julia Quinn, Karen Manton, Karyn Sassella, Madeleine Brown, Marie Trewin, Merrilee Mills, Paia Ingram, Renate Marek, Tim Newth, Trevor Patrick, Trix Mallooly, Warrant Officer Peter Clark and Yoris Wilson.
Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.
Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
Company Director: Adelaide Wood
Administrator: Jessica Mellor
Production Manager: Duane Preston
Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
Bookkeeper: It Figures
Committee Members: Mary Durack (Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Michael Grant, David Taylor, Ken Conway, Venaska Cheliah, Sudha Coutinho, Mandela Yu. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Adelaide Wood (Ex-Officio Members)
Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Ippei Okazaki
Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory
The Grey Panthers have featured in Tracks major performances as well as creating their own full length works:
1988 Dance on Darwin (featured as Darwin Dance Mob - Older Adults)
1988 Dance Feast (featured as Darwin Dance Mob - Older Adults)
1989 Dancing Tapestries (featured as Darwin Dance Mob - Older Adults)
1990 Thru Moves (featured as Darwin Dance Mob - Older Adults)
1992 Tracks and Clusters (featured as Darwin Dance Mob - Older Adults)
1992 Old Spice Club Cabaret (Darwin Dance Mob - Older Adults)
1993 Gathering Ground (featured as Darwin Dance Mob - Older Adults)
1994 Gathering Ground 2 (featured)
1994 Open House (featured)
1997 4WD Sweat Dust and Romance (featured)
1997 Bodies of Light (featured)
1999 Reluctant Retirees
2000 Love Versus Gravity (featured)
2001 Fierce, the Story of Olive Pink (A collaboration with Lajamanu Aboriginal women’s dancing group and guest artists)
2001 Dear Auntie
2003 A Bowls Club Wedding (the smash hit)
2003 Local (featured)
2005 Angels of Gravity (featured)
2006 A Bowls Club Wedding (return season)
2007 You Dance Funny (featured)
2007 Arafura Games (featured)
2008 Lipstick and Ochre (A collaboration with Lajamanu Aboriginal women’s dancing group and guest artists)
2010 Allure of Paradise (featured)
2012 Eight to Eighty - the Architecture of Age (featured)
2013 Future Age (celebrating 25 years of the Grey Panthers)
2015 Last Light (featured)
2015 Big Dance (featured)
2017 Man Made (featured)