Dead Singers Dance Society

Dead Singers Dance Society

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    Tracks Dance Studio, Harbour View Plaza, Darwin City

    Throughout the year, 2019

    Do you want to dance to great music?


    Join the Dead Singers Dance Society. 

    In this 4-week course, you will learn a fun and achievable dance routine that celebrates the music of a legendary ‘dearly departed’ singer.

    Society Meetings (dance classes) are held in an inclusive and supportive dance space led by an experienced teacher.

    At the end of the course, there will be an optional opportunity to show off the dance in front of an audience, or just bust out your new moves, anytime, anywhere. 

    2019 Society Gatherings

    Resurrection Party - Dead Singer: Whitney Houston

    Taught by Kelly Beneforti and assisted by Bryn Wackett, the course concluded in April 2019, with a delightful performance at our Studio Warming party. See the images.

    Performers: Jenelle Saunders, Bryn Wackett, Venaska Cheliah, Anokai Susi, Kylie Innes, Ron Greaves, Eunice de Ramos, Rod Balaam, Gretchen Ennis, Penny Wurm, Serena Pech, Sheila Rose, Tara Schmidt and Kelly Beneforti. 

    R.I.P Fringe 2019 - Dead Singer: George Michael

    Taught by Jenelle Saunders and assisted by Jess Devereux. Celebrated in July at the last weekend of the 2019 Darwin Fringe Festival. 

    Performers: Alyson Evans, Jenelle Saunders, Marge Duminski, Ellen Hankin, Janet Phillips, Marilynne Kirshbaum, Saskia Strange, Rod Balaam, Jay Hadley, Tara Schmidt, Gretchen Ennis, Henry Parham, Jess Devereux, Jenni Sanderson and Kelly Beneforti. 

    Day of the Dead - Dead Singer: Donna Summer

    Taught by Kelly Beneforti and Jess Devereux. The final series of DSDS for 2019 wrapped up with a colourful performance at the Day of the Dead party at Happy Yess. 

    Performers: Jenelle Saunders, Caitlin Conway, Eleanor Kay, Harriet Murphy, Uzma Sherieff and Kelly Benforti 

    Inclusive 'exclusive' society

    The Dead Singers Dance Society is Darwin’s most inclusive 'exclusive' society.
    Anyone can join, but you’ll have to wait for the next Society Meetings to find out why locals are coming on board in droves. Only Members truly know what it means to be in the Dead Singers' inner circle.

    In 2019, 85 Members of all ages and backgrounds joined the Society.

    What you need to know

    ·     The 4-week course costs $20, whether you attend 1 class or 4.
    ·     You need to sign up before the course starts (places are limited so grab your friends and sign up today).
    ·     The Dead Singers Dance Society is for 16 years or above.
    ·     All abilities welcome, from no dance experience right up to trained dancers.
    ·     Wear comfy clothes that you can move in
    ·     Dance barefoot or wear dance shoes

    Company Partners

    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 2019

    Artistic Co-Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
    Company Director: Adelaide Wood
    Administrator: Jessica Mellor
    Production Manager: Duane Preston
    Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
    Associate Artistic Director: Jess Devereux
    Bookkeeper: It Figures

    Committee Members: David Taylor (Chairperson), Mary Durack (Outgoing Chairperson), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Michael Grant, Ken Conway, Venaska Cheliah, Sudha Coutinho, Max Dewa Stretton. David McMicken, Tim Newth, Adelaide Wood (Ex-Officio Members)

    Public Fund Trustees: Dr Anita Toth

    Patron: Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory

    DSDS Whitney Houston dancers performing at 2019 Studio Warming (l-r) Serena Pech, Penny Wurm, Kelly Beneforti, Sheila Rose, Tara Schmidt, Jenelle Saunders, Kylie Innes, Venaska Cheliah, Roddy Balaam, Gretchen Ennis, Bryn Wackett, Ron Greaves, Anokai Lancaster, Eunice de Ramos
    Photo Duane Preston. DSDS Whitney Houston dancers performing at 2019 Studio Warming (l-r) Tara Schmidt, Venaska Cheliah, Kylie Innes, Sheila Rose, Roddy Balaam, Jenelle Saunders, Bryn Wackett, Eunice de Ramos
    Photo Duane Preston. DSDS Whitney Houston dancers performing at 2019 Studio Warming (l-r) Kelly Beneforti, Serena Pech, Gretchen Ennis
    Photo Kelly Beneforti. DSDS George Michael dancers ready to perform at the 2019 Darwin Fringe Festival (l-r) Alyson Evans, Jenelle Saunders, Marge Duminski, Ellen Hankin, Janet Phillips, Marilynne Kirshbaum, Saskia Strange, Rod Baalam, Jay Hadley, Tara Schmidt, Gretchen Ennis, Henry Parham, Jess Devereux, Jenni Sanderson
    Photo Mathew McHugh. DSDS Donna Summer dancers with 2019 Day of the Dead party organiser (l-r) Kelly Beneforti, Uzma Sherieff, Jenelle Saunders, Jean-Eddy Moutou, Caitlin Conway, Harriet Murphy, Eleanor Kay
    Photo Mathew McHugh. DSDS Donna Summer at 2019 Day of the Dead celebrations (l-r) Jenelle Saunders, Eleanor Kay, Uzma Sherieff, Kelly Beneforti, Caitlin Conway, Harriet Murphy
    Photo Mathew McHugh. DSDS Donna Summer at 2019 Day of the Dead celebrations (l-r) Jenelle Saunders, Eleanor Kay, Uzma Sherieff, Kelly Beneforti, Caitlin Conway, Harriet Murphy

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    The greatest time...

    "Being part of the Dead Singers Dance Society is a hoot! It's a fun and enjoyable way to learn some dance moves in a sociable, open and welcoming environment while also paying tribute to iconic music stars who've sadly left us" - Henry Parham (Society Member)

    "I had the greatest time with DSDS. Loved the fellow dancers' acceptance of everyone, the music, the choreography that tested my brain constantly, our fun, animated ‘teachers’ and the pleasure after the performance with what I had achieved " - Jenni Sanderson (Society Member)

     

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    Tracks 2019 Artistic Program

     

     

     

     

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