The Grey Panthers
Tracks believes in dance as a whole of life activity.
Giving voice to Territory culture means creating work for and about all Territorians. Seniors can often be overlooked for the ‘younger’ models, and yet they hold an enormous amount of valuable knowledge, wisdom and know-how. When it comes to maintaining, developing, and passing on culture to younger generations, the role of the senior is invaluable. With the largest per capita population of Indigenous Australians, some Northern Territory seniors have access to information held within one of the oldest living cultures in the world.
Tracks places great value on these people and creates performances that speak to and about this vital section of our community. We run training sessions, provide access to participation in mainstream events, promote activities widely, tour works, and generally provide an environment where the senior mover feels at home.
Dance is seen as a great activity for the senior. It maintains a level of health and fitness, assisting in counteracting many conditions that come with age and also helps to keep the brain sharp, providing this within a creative environment of socialisation.
The Grey Panthers
Tracks has a long term relationship with the Grey Panthers, begun in 1988 and continuing to the present. The Grey Panthers have made a major contribution to the company’s body of work. They explore what it means to part of the Aging Australian population and the role of the elder in contemporary Northern Territory Life.
A unique Northern Territory dance troupe, with participants predominantly over the age of 60. The Grey Panthers are ‘successful’, ‘productive’, ‘healthy’ and ‘positive’ role models for active ageing and life long learning. The group sets high expectations for themselves and constantly rise above them, enjoying their lives and living them to the fullest. Anything but flighty, this amazing group show us what happens when you commit to long term extended relationships and links into your community.
They perform regularly for special one-off events, usually charitable, and especially for older adult, and health specific organisations such as the Arthritis Foundation, University of the Third Age, and Rotary and Lions Clubs, and the Anti-Cancer Foundation. They are regular performers as part of Darwin’s arts and cultural calendar, including the very popular Portrait of a Senior Territorian Art Award They are also regularly used to act as Seniors in television advertising. They have been seen in Darwin, Batchelor, Adelaide River, Katherine, and Alice Springs.
Together they have written, designed and performed in Grey Panther specific shows, as well as been guest performers for Track’s major performances.
For more information about their past performances click here.
They currently meet every Friday at the Tracks Dance Studio - Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, 56 McMinn St. Sometimes classes go longer if a special performance is looming. For more information contact Tracks office on 08 8941 1410.
Participants (1988 – 2017)
Adie Bruce (dec), Anne Newman, Antonietta Vanzella, Audrey Gorring (Deceased), Audrey Svara, Pamela Trotman, Barb Quinlan, Barby Barkly, Barry Thomson, Beryl Darben, Bette Chapman, Bev Paget, Bobbie Johnstone, Carmel Alderson, Carolyn Bursa, Chris Parker (dec), Christine MacKinnon, Crena Hemmings, Darryl Butler, David Turbayne, Delicia Cooke, Diane Dibbins, Diane Lucas, Dianne Mount, 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, 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, Kath Baldwin (dec), Kathleen Harding, Kathy Herlihy, Kay Brown, Lendell Fyson, 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, Nora Francis, Norma Young, Pam Smith, Pat Townsend, Patricia O'Neill, Punny Vegter (Dec), Rosemary Findlay, Ruth Blandy, Shirley Somers, Toni Vine-Bromley, Val Clark, Val Hristova, Vilaisan Campbell, Von Hill, Wendy James, Willis Gerrig, Zenaida Ballesteros
Program Leaders (1988 – 2017)
Sarah Calver, David McMicken, Julia Quinn, Joanna Noonan, Merrilee Mills, Jess Devereux, Kelly Beneforti, Bryn Wackett, Janelle Saunders, Maggi Phillips, and Beth Shelton
Guest Artists (1988 – 2017)
Anja Tait, Betchay Mondragon, Bryn Wackett, Claire Kilgarrif, Emma Porteus, Esther Woolnough, Gail Evans, Gary Lang, Jess Devereux, Jayachandran, Jenine MacKay, Joanna Noonan, Julia Quinn, Karen Manton, Karyn Sassella, Marie Trewin, Merrilee Mills, Paia Ingram, Renate Marek, Tim Newth, Trevor Patrick, Trix Mallooly, Warrant Officer Peter Clark, Yoris Wilson
“ It’s better than taking a pill…” Glad Morris, a founding member