2011 Grey Panthers
Tracks Dance Studio, Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, Darwin City
Throughout year, 2011
Over 60's Dance Troupe and Classes
Lots of performances and a new set of red dresses!
Seabreeze Festival, Darwin High School Fund Raiser, Millner Primary School, Biggest Morning Tea, Railway Club , Fun Run for Darwin Festival, Pearl Aged Care, Tiwi Aged Care Centre, Firemen’s Christmas Party.
New dances ‘Cabaret’ by Jess Devereux and ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ by Joanna Noonan entered the repertoire.
We also saw the sad passing of Audrey Gorring in 2011, a long standing member of the Grey Panthers since 1989. Audrey was posthumously given an award as tribute for over 50 years contribution to the arts and theatre in the Northern Territory and her long term dedication to volunteering.
Program Leaders: Joanna Noonan, David McMicken, and Jess Devereux
Choreographers: Joanna Noonan, David McMicken, and Jess Devereux
Carmel Alderson, Judith Allen, Lucy Aylett, Kay Brown, Bette Chapman, Patricia Doyle, Robyn Ducat, Marge Duminski, Liz Gammon, Ellen Hankin, Kathleen Harding, Jan Hastings, Val Hristova, Marg Lee, Janis Lewis, Lillian Mann, Helen Mannion-Esparon, Judy Markwell, Judy McKerr, Diane Mount, Patricia O’Neill, Judi Samuels, Shirley Somers, Janine Sutter, Antonietta Vanzella, Gwen Varney, Punny Vegter, Maria Vlastuin, Mavis Waddell, Judy Weepers, and Joan Worth
Artistic Co Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
General Manager: Susan Congreve
Administrator: Gail Evans
Production Manager: Kelly Blumberg
Dance Animateur: Jess Devereux
Bookkeeper: Caroline Voigt
Development Consultants: Michelle Silby, Suzanne Fermanis
Milpirri Executive Officer: Susan Congreve
Committee Members: (Chair) David Taylor, (Vice-Chair) Jill MacAndrew, (Treasurer) Glenn Bernardin, (Secretary/Public Officer) Michael Grant, (Ordinary Committee Members) Ken Conway, Nick Papandonakis, Joanna Barrkman, Stephanie Cvirn, (Ex-Officio Members) David McMicken and Tim Newth
Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Paul Wan
Patron: His Honour Mr Tom Pauling QC, Administrator of the Northern Territory and Mrs Tessa Pauling
"Each session with the Grey Panthers is a big one. They are storytellers of a unique kind, with a punch line that would make many a listener blush. They require that you are clear in your delivery that you are consistent and aware of pace and they don’t do LOUD. They are inherently in tune with their body and it’s capabilities because they love to dance - they adore music, these art forms as much a part of their life’s journey as the places they have lived and the people they have loved.They can’t possibly know how astounding their lives are to us and as they share their memories you imagine the younger Grey Panther as a child, a teenager, a newlywed and a mother.The first day you work with them you sense the depth of friendship amongst the group as they sit patiently waiting to warm up and dance. The chairs are in place and they are on time even if your not.It is a privilege I will treasure in my own memories, they have kind eyes, warm yet insistent advice and when the giggling starts it’s been an awesome class." Joanna Noonan
“Their name may be based on their German counterparts, but the Grey Panthers are uniquely Local.” Resident Magazine