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 publically. 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 in the Darwin Festival and Darwin Fringe Festival.
Classes and Workshops
The Grey Panthers
Senior dance classes – 9.30-11am every Friday morning
2018 is a milestone for the Grey Panthers as they celebrate 30th year 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 exemplifying a core Tracks value which is our belief in dance as a whole life activity. 2018 will see new Grey Panther work and performances in and around the city. Participants are community members who are 60 yrs +
We relocated our dance studio to the Live Darwin Hub in the Mall between 19 February – 27 April. 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. Dance literally spilled out into the streets of the CBD. With lunchtime drop-in classes, Mall performances, office visits by the Dance Doctors, City Dance Walk featuring new site specific works, Big Dance large-scale community dance event, , and cheeky dance interventions, TRACKTIVATION transformed your city with the pulse and rhythm of dance.
Open workshops – June/July (Exact dates to be confirmed) Dance Animateur Kelly Beneforti will be creating a piece of choreography for the Fresh Tracks program and is inviting all dancers aged 16+ to participate.
Contact Tracks on 8941 1410 if you’d like more information or to join any of the above classes or workshops!
Big Dance Darwin 2018, with a focus in Darwin CBD. Big Dance will be performed throughout Australia in April. An international biennial festival of dance, Big Dance engages large numbers of people connecting through one unifying choreographic piece. Indigenous choreographer Frances Rings has been engaged to create the Australian Big Dance work 2018. Tracks Dance Company produced the Darwin leg of Big Dance and through this will connect with the rest of Australia. This was an open participation project and was performed on level 6 of the West Lane Carpark - Darwin City
For more information about Big Dance throughout Australia click here.
Open auditions for Community dancer will be held in May for Tracks' next full length production, In Your Blood. Experienced and non-experienced performers are welcome.
Make a Dance in a Week
The Tracks school holiday program, Make a Dance in a Week, 2018. Workshops were open to primary, middle and secondary school students. We had 12 particpants who worked under the Guidance of Madeleine Brown and Jordan Bretherton. Daily classes led to a performance at the Live Darwin Hub on Friday April 20th. The groups took themes from current events, Namely Cyclone Marcus, to come up wioth material following the elements of Fire Wind, Water and Earth.
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. 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 - Feb 2 to Dec 7, Every Friday 9.30pm - 11am
Tracktivation - Feb 19 to April 29
Make a Dance in a Week - April 16 to April 20
Big Dance - Performance April 29
Fresh Tracks - June/July