2014 Grey Panthers
Tracks Dance Studio, Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, Darwin City
Throughout year, 2014
Over 60's Dance Troupe and Classes
After the rigours of last year’s 25th Anniversary, the Grey Panthers have a year of charity performances. Beginning with a performance at the hospital for April Falls Day on April 1st, the dancers showed how a healthy lifestyle with exercise and enjoyment can help avoid falls in the elderly, and increase recovery if one does fall. (“Physical” and “Ballin the Jack”, choreographed by David McMicken, “Who Can Remember Sweet November” by Joanna Noonan, and “Cabaret” by Jess Devereux.)
The Grey Panthers joined our youth Pop Up Dance Mob to entertain and excite the many audience at the Seabreeze Festival, Nightcliff, performing “One” by David McMicken. Next a performance at the Greek School for the Biggest Morning Tea cancer fund raiser, the women entertained with their dancing and fashion parade (for Frock Me), performing “Who Can Remember Sweet November” and “Cabaret”. For the Linga Longa Festival in Batchelor, the group premiered the Aeroplane Jelly dance and Fly Me to the Moon (David McMicken), as well as performing Ballin’ the Jack, and Cabaret. Next they performed at Maulden Primary for the finale of the Palmerston Seniors Month with Cabaret and One (David McMicken). The group enjoyed a sharing with the Batchelor local chapter of Council Of The Aging which included activities in the township, lunch and then a shared warmup, teaching some dances to the locals and then performing Ballin’ the Jack, Physical, Who can Remember Sweet November, and One.
A full program of six dances was presented at the Australian Rehabilitation Nurse's Association National conference (Physical, Ballin' The Jack, Who Can remember Sweet November, Cabaret, Aeroplane Jelly and the debut of the new version of Fever). Feedback was great and the women really displayed the benefits of an active senior life. All of the Attending nurses went away "expressing the good fortune to have been able to be a part of the performance."
To finish off the year, the group performed at the Firemen's Pensioner Christmas Party , presenting Cabaret and the Abba Medley.
Program Leaders: David McMicken, and Jess Devereux
Guest Tutors: Kelly Beneforti, and Bryn Wackett
Choreographers: David McMicken, Jess Devereux,
Carmel Alderson, Judith Allen, Hilary Bassett, Kay Brown, Carolyn Bursa, Darryl Butler, Vilaisan Campbell, Bette Chapman, Marge Duminski, Liz Gammon, Ellen Hankin, Jan Hastings, MaryAnn Hinton, Val Hristova, Jan Jewell, Marg Lee, Diane Lucas, Lillian Mann, Helen Mannion-Esparon, Linda Mansour, Judy Markwell, Judy McKerr, Dianne Mount, Patricia O'Neill, Judi Samuels, Jenni Sanderson, Eleanor Scott, Pam Smith, Shirley Somers, Janine Sutter, David Turbayne, Antonietta Vanzella, Gwen Varney, Punny Vegter, Maria Vlastuin, Mavis Waddell, Judy Weepers
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.
Artistic Co Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
General Manager: Susan Congreve
Administrator: Clancy Breasley, Gail Evans,
Production Manager: Kelly Blumberg
Bookkeeper: Heather Van Anholt
Geek in Residence: Jeffrey Campbell
Committee Members: (Chair) Michael Grant, (Vice-Chair) David Taylor, (Treasurer) Glenn Bernardin, (Secretary/Public Officer) Ken Conway, (Ordinary Members) Kate Hudspith, Mary Durak, Stephanie Cvirn, (Ex-Officio Members) David McMicken, Tim Newth, and Susan Congreve
Public Fund Trustees: Rev. Steve Orme, Dr Anita Toth, Ippei Okazaki
Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory
"Just wanted to thank you and the ladies for a fabulous performance yesterday, everybody has been raving about you all." Jane Leslie, Nursing Programs Consultant
Division of Medicine, Royal Darwin Hospital – April Falls Day
"The performance was outstanding and the dancers inspirational for what can be achieved as one matures in age." Victoria Robinson - on behalf of Australian Rehabilitation Nurse's Association.