Participation Program 2018
Darwin, Northern Territory
We believe that everyone should have the chance to enjoy dancing. The Tracks Participation Program is about engaging in dance as a whole of life activity and presenting it publicly. This program provides diverse opportunities to be involved in a project at Tracks, including everything from large-scale one-off participatory performances to smaller pop-up performances, and even the chance to be seen on stage at some of Darwin's largest events.
Classes and Workshops
The Grey Panthers senior dance classes – 9.30 - 11am every Friday morning.
In 2018 The Grey Panthers celebrate their 30th year milestone of being an extraordinary senior dance troupe. Weekly classes, rehearsals and one off performances have seen the Grey Panthers become a favourite with Darwin audiences. We think the Grey Panthers are Australia's longest running senior dance troupe and exemplify a core Tracks value, which is our belief in dance as a whole life activity.
Our community members aged 60 yrs + will be busy learning and performing new work in and around the city throughout 2018. For more click here.
Between 19 February – 27 April we relocated our dance studio to the Live Darwin Hub in Smith Street Mall. Four local and inspiring dancers - Bryn Wackett, Jenelle Saunders, Madeleine Brown, and Jordan Brtetherton - joined our resident Dance Animateur, Kelly Beneforti for this special program of interactive activities, with dance literally spilling out into the streets of the CBD.
Through lunchtime drop-in classes, mall performances, office visits by the Dance Doctors, our CBD City Dance Walk featuring new site specific works by our Tracktivators, Big Dance large-scale community dance event and cheeky dance interventions, TRACKTIVATION transformed our city with the pulse and rhythm of dance.
Make a Dance in a Week
Tracks' annual school holiday program, Make a Dance in a Week 2018, was open to primary, middle and secondary school students. We had 12 particpants who worked under the guidance of Madeleine Brown and Jordan Bretherton, both local dancers and Tracks alumni.
Daily classes and workshops led to a performance in the Live Darwin Hub on Friday April 20th for family and friends of the students. The groups took themes from current events, namely Cyclone Marcus, to come up with material following the elements of Fire, Wind, Water and Earth. For more click here.
Big Dance Darwin 2018, with a focus on Darwin CBD as part of our Tracktivation project, was performed on International Dance Day (April 29) alongside thousands of other dancers throughout Australia and the world. Big Dance, an International biennial festival of dance engages large numbers of people connecting through one unifying choreographic piece.
In 2018, Indigenous choreographer Frances Rings and New Zealand born Craig Bary were engaged to create the Big Dance piece, which spoke uniquely of Australia. Tracks Dance Company produced the Darwin leg of Big Dance and through this connected with the rest of Australia through dance. Open to all, our local and community participants performed on level 6 of the West Lane Carpark - Darwin City, during sunset.
For more information about Big Dance throughout Australia click here.
Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government.
NTGV Live Darwin and Jacana Energy
Ausdance NSW, NTGV Office of Youth Affairs, Big Dance and Darwin City Council
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
"It was the first time she has attempted dance and with the support of [the leaders] she couldn’t have asked for better mentors. The concert at the end was so professional." - MADIAW Parent
"Dancing during my lunchtime was the best thing to keep me motivated going back to work" - Tracktivation Participant
“I learnt a lot about myself and how I can break the boundaries of my own dance style to work in a group. I also learned that dance doesn't stop at any age it is a thing that can stay with you for life.” - Cast Member
Tracks relies on volunteers in order to provide its services. There is a chance to volunteer for a range of different roles including Ushers, Administration, Stage-hand, and Box Office. Many of our performers are also volunteers.
If you wish to volunteer with Tracks on any of our upcoming projects, please email Tracks administration.