2012 Grey Panthers

2012 Grey Panthers


    Tracks Dance Studio, Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, Darwin City

    Throughout the year, 2012

    Over 60's Dance Troupe and Classes

    In 2012 a group of Grey Panthers were joined by two men for the Tracks’ Darwin Festival work Eight to Eighty - The Architecture of Age in a section especially about 60 - 80+ year old people. One of these men has stayed on as a regular Grey Panther, our first permanent male participant. This group also performed promotional sections of the work for the Darwin Festival’s lunchtime mall performances. We also taught the rest of the Panthers' ‘Ballin’ the Jack’ from this show.  

    Meanwhile, the rest of the Panthers, with two guests from Canberra, performed in a new work - 'Water Ballet', created by David McMicken and performed for the Darwin Festival’s Pool Party at the Wave Pool, a large community event with a variety of guest performers.

    “Busby Berkley makes its way to Darwin in the form of the Grey Panthers. Their sarongs and flowery leis added a great deal of colour to their hilarious water ballet performed in the shallows of the wave pool.”

    Regular one-off performances continued: Portrait of a Senior Territorian ('You Make Me Feel So Young', 'That’s Why the Lady is a Tramp'), Ausdance Expo and Seabreeze Festival ('Cabaret'), Palmerston Senior’s Week, Darwin High School Fundraiser (new work 'Bolero' by Jess Devereux), and guest performers for the Darwin Festival television commercial.

    Program Leaders

    Joanna Noonan, Jess Devereux and David McMicken


    Lucy Aylett, Carmel Alderson, Judith Allen, Hilary Bassett, Darryl Butler, Vilaisan Campbell, Bette Chapman, Kay Brown, Diane Dibbins, Marge Duminski, Liz Gammon, Ellen Hankin, Jan Hastings, MaryAnn Hinton, Val Hristova, Marg Lee, Janis Lewis, Ann Lilley, Lillian Mann, Linda Mansour, Helen Mannion-Esparon, Judy Markwell, Judy McKerr, Dianne Mount, Patricia O’Neill, Judi Samuels, Jenni Sanderson, Shirley Somers, Janine Sutter, David Turbayne, Antonietta Vanzella, Gwen Varney, Punny Vegter, Maria Vlastuin, and Mavis Waddell 

    Tracks 2012

    Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
    General Manager: Susan Congreve
    Administrator: Gail Evans
    Production Manager: Kelly Blumberg
    Dance Animateur: Jess Devereux
    Bookkeeper: Heather Van Anholt
    Committee Members: (Chair) David Taylor, (Vice-Chair) Jill MacAndrew , (Treasurer) Glenn Bernardin, (Secretary/Public Officer) Michael Grant  (Ordinary Committee Members) Ken Conway, Stephanie Cvirn, Nick Papandonakis (Ex-Officio Members) David McMicken and Tim Newth

    Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Paul Wan, Ippei Okazaki

    Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory

    l-r floor, Janine Sutter, Punny Vegter, Pat O'Neil, Judy Weepers l-r front row standing, Diane Dibbins, Judy Markwell, Hellen Mannion-Esparon, Janis Lewis, David McMicken, Crena Hemmings, Judith Allen, Judy McKerr, Antonietta Vanzella l-r back row, Lillian Mann, Bette Chapman, Gwen Varney, Mary Ann Hinton, Marg Lee, Linda Mansour, Val Hristova, Shirley Somers, Marge Duminski, Jenni Sanderson, Jan Hastings, David Turbayne, Maria Vlastuin, Mavis Waddell, Carmel Alderson, Hilary Bassett. Photographer Vilaisan Campbell
    l-r Front Punny Vegter, Antonietta Vanzella l-R back row Ellen Hankin, Lucy Aylett, Liz Gammon, Judith Allen, Marg Lee
    l-r Shirley Somers, Judi Samuels, Val Hristova, Marg Lee (hidden), Pat O'Neil. Dance Expo Photographer Darren Hunt
    l-r Marg Lee, Val Hristova, Judi Samuels, Pat O'Neil (front) Judith Allen, Judy Markwell, Carmel Alderson (kneeling). Dance Expo Photographer Darren Hunt
    l-r Antonietta Vanzella, Carmel Alderson, Barry Thomson, Punny Vegter. 8-80 Rehearsal Photographer Gail Evans
    l-r Barry Thomson, Linda Mansour, Darryl Butler, Carmel Alderson. 8-80 Rehearsal Photographer Gail Evans
    Ellen Hankin. 8-80 Photographer Jason Lam
    l-r Ruttiya McElroy, Punny Vegter, Theeradet Suphannabutt. 8-80 Photographer Jason Lam
    Linda Mansour. 8-80 Photographer Jason Lam
    l-r Linda Mansour, Darryl Butler, Carmel Alderson. 8-80 Photographer Jason Lam
    l-r Linda Mansour, Barry Thomson, Carmel Alderson (hidden), Antonietta Vanzella, Darryl Butler. 8-80 Photographer Jason Lam
    Carmel Alderson. 8-80 Photographer Jason Lam

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    “What does one say about working with a group like the Grey Panthers? My first experience was working on the Old Spice Club Cabaret, from rap to tap, and I was amazed that these women did what they did. Singing, tapping, ballroom dancing, jitterbug and jive, writing, roller skating, even giving rap dancing and a spin on the floor a good go.

    At that stage of my life, I was 33 and I found the idea that once you were over 50 you were a senior rather confronting. However, I really had no thoughts of myself becoming 50.

    Now having worked with this group for over 21 years, and alongside another seniors group of Warlpiri ceremonial women dancers from  Lajamanu, I have found a clear pathway into my own future. A state of ageing with vigour, of having something to say and being unafraid to continually do new things.  A place where experience flows into wisdom, where the past provides a future, where acceptance of difference thrives.

    Dancing for me has always been something that physically makes me feel good while giving my brain a jolly good nudge. Seeing that this activity can and does continue into times when my own silver threads are becoming more numerous, I find great comfort.

    Seeing the support and care these women give to each other has been great. So many of us do not have family with us in the Territory and we make our own families. I am not sure if a man needs quite so many mothers, but the variety sure keeps me on my toes.

    I am very proud to be a part of this ongoing experience called the Grey Panthers. I love that it is dance that keeps them together, that they are committed to a weekly class and the many performances, and that some magic ingredient is working. I don’t like to mess with the magic.

    Now that I am over 50 myself, now that some of the women are more like older sisters, now that we have a man in the group and I have to remind myself to add “and Gentleman” at the end of every request, now I find the group as a place I really want to be, where my experience is slowly becoming wisdom. I thank these women and gentleman for providing me with the chance to become more of myself.”

    David McMicken

    Tracks Dance Company Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

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