2013 Grey Panthers


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

Throughout year, 2013

Over 60's Dance Troupe and Classes

The Grey Panthers turn 25

Celebrating the Silver Jubilee of this exciting performance group. In 2013 the Grey Panthers turn 25 and to celebrate we produced a performance season called Future Age created with local choreographers Jess Devereux, Gary Lang, Joanna Noonan, Bryn Wackett, David McMicken and Tim Newth.

We continue with our regular participants who come from as far away as Batchelor (100 kilometres form Darwin) for their weekly classes and rehearsals. We were also rejoined by our two Canberra friends David and Vilaisan, spending several months and several performances with us. One off performances included: Biggest Morning Tea charity fundraiser, including a fashion show for Frockme dress shop Nightcliff (Greek School – performing “Physical” by David McMicken). University of the Third Age, Palmerston, (Palmerston Library – “Ballin the Jack” and “Physical” by David McMicken). Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Antidiscrimination Act (Supreme Court – “Ballin’ the Jack” and “Who Can Remember Sweet November” by Joanna Noonan), Linger Longer Festival Batchelor (Batchelor township – “Swings and Flings” and “Who Can Remember Sweet November” by Joanna Noonan), Palmerston Seniors Month Luncheon (Woodfroffe Primary School – “Abba Medley” by Julia Quinn, and “Ballin’ the Jack”) Darwin Festival Pool Party (Nightcliff Swimming Pool – “Water Ballet” by David McMicken), Portrait of A Senior Territorian Art Awards (Parliament House – “Ballin’ the Jack”, and “Who Can Remember Sweet November”), and the Firemen’s Pensioner Christmas Party (Kalymnos Club – “Who Can Remember Sweet November”, “Ballin’ the Jack” and the premier of “One” by David McMicken).

Creative Personnel

Program Leaders: David McMicken, and Bryn Wackett
Guest Tutors: Gary Lang, and Emma Porteus
Choreographers: Joanna Noonan, David McMicken, Gary Lang, and Jess Devereux


Antonietta Vanzella, Bette Chapman, Carmel Alderson, Darryl Butler, David Turbayne, Diane Dibbins, Dianne Mount, Ellen Hankin, Gwen Varney, Helen Mannion-Esparon, Jan Hastings, Janine Sutter, Jenni Sanderson, Joan Fensom, Judi Samuels, Judith Allen, Judy McKerr, Judy Markwell, Kay Brown, Lillian Mann, Linda Mansour, Liz Gammon, Marg Lee, Marge Duminski, Maria Vlastuin, MaryAnn Hinton, Mavis Waddell, Pamela Trotman, Patricia O'Neill, Punny Vegter, Shirley Somers, Val Hristova, Vilaisan Campbell, Pam Smith

Funding Bodies

Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.

Tracks 2013

Artistic Co Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
General Manager: Susan Congreve
Administrator: Gail Evans
Production Manager: Kelly Blumberg
Production Manager: Kelly Blumberg
Dance Animateur: Jess Devereux
Bookkeeper: Heather Van Anholt

Committee Members: (Chair) Michael Grant, (Vice-Chair) David Taylor, (Treasurer) Glenn Bernardin, (Secretary/Public Officer) Nick Papandonakis, (Ordinary Committee Members) Ken Conway, Liz Trevaskis, Stephanie Cvirn, (Ex-Officio Members) David McMicken and Tim Newth

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

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


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Participants Response

“Dancing in front of people, I am nervous but it is all so beautiful, together everybody helping each other.” Punny Vegter

Audience Response

“I feel very lucky to live in a town that is home to Tracks Dance and the Grey Panthers. Thanks for bringing tears to my eyes and making my face ache from smiling! I look forward to growing up enough to be a Grey Panther one day.” Angela O'Donnell

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