Dead Singers Dance Society 2024

Dead Singers Dance Society 2024

Join the Dead Singers Dance Society

Love to dance to great music with others?

Back again in 2024 the ever-popular “DSDS” is a 4-week dance course where participants learn a fun and achievable dance routine that celebrates the incredible music of a legendary, dearly departed singer.

Open to all, Society Meetings (dance classes) are held in an inclusive and supportive studio space led by Tracks' experienced teachers. At the end of the course, there will be an optional performance opportunity to show off the dance in front of an audience, or just bust out your new moves, anytime, anywhere.

Anyone can join DSDS, but numbers are limited for each course. Don't miss out! Only Members truly know what it means to be in the Dead Singers inner circle.

Course Calendar

Each series is announced via our Tracks E-news. Sign up now to get all the details as they are released!

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DSDS #1 Wonder Women 

31 Jan - 21 Feb

Facilitator: Kelly Beneforti
When: Wednesdays 5.30 - 6.45pm
Pop Up Performance: City of Darwin celebrations for International Women's Day - Saturday 2nd March

In the lead up to International Women's Day, we started our year in the Dead Singers Dance Society with an eclectic medley of songs from four incredible female artists - Sridevi, Chrissy Amphlett, Aretha Franklin, and Marie Fredriksson. The studio was buzzing with Society Members catching up and diving in enthusiastically to learn the routine that took us through lightness, a little bit of rage, a lot of rhythm and some heartfelt abandon. A group of 19 fabulous performers came together to share our spectacular dance moves with the crowd at Civic Park, gathered there for the City of Darwin celebrations. Amongst the magnificent trees and the swirls of purple, we danced alongside the Grey Panthers and embraced the energy of the day. 

Performers: Christine Watson, Kate Bourchier, Melissa Reid, Cecile Schnitzler, Kate Dixon, Heather Docker, Natalie Kew, Meeta Ramkumar, Jocelyn Nathanael-Walters, Severine Meunier, Gillian Jones, Helen Treacy, Kirsti Abbott, David McMicken, Marian Patterson, Amanda Ah Toy, Anita Lakatos, Natina Demetriou, Kelly Beneforti 

DSDS #2 Bon Scott

10 April - 1 May

Facilitator: Kelly Beneforti
When: Wednesdays 5.30 - 6.45pm
Pop Up Performance: Seabreeze Festival Dance Stage - Saturday 11th May

With each Dead Singers series, we embrace the feeling and style of the artist we are celebrating. DSDS Bon Scott was no different with an infectious rock n roll energy filling the studio. In fist pumping, air-guitar playing, wild rhythmic freedom, we danced through 4 weeks of classes and onto a performance at Seabreeze Festival. Sharing the stage with the fabulous Grey Panthers, the inspiring Tracks youth dancers, and many of Darwin's dance schools and community groups, our Bon Scott routine brought the big, hard rock vibes to this delightful local festival by the sea. 

Performers: Flynn, Mandy Trueman, Thevi Chelliah, Melissa Reid, Amanda Ah Toy, Evi Supriyati, Heather Docker, Marian Patterson, Carolyn Knutsen, Kelly Beneforti 

DSDS #3 TBA

4 - 25 September

Facilitator:
When:
Pop Up Performance:

Pop Up Performances

Dead Singers Dance Society pop-ups are optional to participants and held in public spaces at the end of each course, enabling the community to celebrate their dancing achievements. 

Creative Team

Lead Artists: Kelly Beneforti and Jenelle Saunders

Previous Dead Singers Celebrated 

Tina Turner, Olivia Newton-John, John Lennon, Prince, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Donna Summer, Michael Hutchence, Aretha Franklin, Bollywood stars Sri Devi and Rishi Kapoor, TLC Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Marie Fredriksson, Elvis Presley, Chrissy Amphlett, Freddie Mercury, Nina Simone

There are currently 200 members of all ages and backgrounds in the Dead Singers Dance Society.

Company Partners

Tracks Inc is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.

Project Partner

Proudly Supported by Newmont International through their Community Investment Program, and the Northern Territory Government

Tracks 2024

Artistic Director: David McMicken
Company Director: Sean Pardy
Associate Artistic Director: Jess Devereux
Production Manager: Duane Preston
Creative Producer: Britt Guy
Dance Animateurs: Kelly Beneforti and Steph Spillett
Administrator: Debbie Micairan
Bookkeeper: It Figures
Auditors: Brian Tucker Audit

Committee Members: Chairperson: Max Dewa Stretton. Treasurer: Glenn Bernardin. Ordinary Members: Andrea Wicking, David Taylor, Lachlan Peattie, Rachael Wallis, Anna Lindsay, Venaska Cheliah. Ex-Officio: David McMicken, Sean Pardy

Venue

Tracks Dance Studio, Darwin

Cost

4-week course:  $45

What you need to know

·  The course costs $45, whether you attend 1 class or all.
·  You need to sign up before the course starts (places are limited so grab your friends and log on to purchase your course ticket)
·  The Dead Singers Dance Society is for people 18 years +
·  All movers welcome, from zero dance experience right up to trained dancers
·  Wear comfy clothes that you can move in
·  Dance barefoot or wear soft dance shoes

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2024 DSDS Wonder Women pop up performance at International Women's Day. Whole cast. Photo Duane Preston
2024 DSDS Wonder Women pop up performance at International Women's Day. (l-r) Heather Docker, Kirsti Abbott, Helen Treacy, Severine Meunier, Gillian Jones, Marian Patterson, David McMicken, Kelly Beneforti. Photo Duane Preston
2024 DSDS Wonder Women pop up performance at International Women's Day. Cast and audience. Photo Duane Preston
2024 DSDS Wonder Women pop up performance at International Women's Day. Kirsti Abbott. Photo Duane Preston
2024 DSDS Bon Scott performance at Seabreeze Festival. Whole cast. Photo Duane Preston
2024 DSDS Bon Scott performance at Seabreeze Festival. Whole cast. Photo Duane Preston
2024 DSDS Bon Scott performance at Seabreeze Festival. (l-r) Evi Supriyati, Melissa Reid, Thevi Chelliah, Mandy Trueman, Kelly Beneforti, Marian Patterson. Photo Duane Preston
2024 DSDS Bon Scott performance at Seabreeze Festival. (l-r) Carolyn Knutsen, Amanda Ah Toy, Heather Docker, Flynn. Photo Duane Preston

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