Youth Dance Program

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This year we are combining many activities into one Youth Dane Program, delivered by our Youth Dance Animateur - Spillett.

Youth Dance Leaders
The purpose of the program is to develop employment pathways, foster artistic skills and career aspirations in the creative arts industries. We aim to train and support young dancers’ capacity  to be leaders within the broader community and to access further support throughout the sector. This program is to create pathways for youth to be heard - both formal and informal voices, individual and collective while actively working towards minimising barriers to success such as stigma, marginalisation and deprivation. Create positive role models for youth leaders who can contribute to our community, creating capacity for youth to deliver workshops and dance activities.

5 Youth dance leaders, and other participants, we explore youth dance as it is found in our highly transcultural community, delivering relevant workshops and training sessions, while seeking partnerships and relationships across the youth sector. Performance
opportunities will be sought continually throughout the year.

Bayanihan
A Day of Filipino Cultural Dance and Hip Hop.  Bayanihan which in Tagalog means ‘the spirit of communal unity and cooperation.' This cultural dance weekend built a bridge for the Filipinos who have migrated to Garramilla and are adjusting to a Western society and the Filipinos who were born in Australia trying to reconnect to their Filipino culture. (Date TBC)

Suburban Dance Jams
The Suburban Dance Jams program will run during school terms and as intensives during school holidays. The project will culminate in a Block Party for young people and their family and friends at the end of the year.

The backbone of the project will be two weekly workshops running for 1hr each, from Terms 1-3 2024 after school, at The SHAK. Once a month each workshop would also have a guest teaching artist from PHL the Beat (a vibrant local Filipino dance crew) joining to run a special skills workshop and create a jam for young people to share their skills development

The school holiday periods (April, June/July and September/October) will be utilised for intensive skill development and the opportunity to visit and work at Tracks Dance Studio. The intensive program will include dance workshops with dance artist Spillett, PHLtheBeat and beat-making workshops with Sietta Creative (Kuya James and Caiti Baker). The holiday schedule is planned as follows, pending artist availability:

April: 3 sessions a week for 2.5 hours 
June/July: 3 sessions a week for 3-4 hours
Sept/Oct: 3 sessions a week for 3 hours 

The Block Party Event will be a one-night program of dance and music acts from our community and with a showcase of young people’s work, with dance, music and food.

The SHAK
Spillett runs weekly sessions at the SHAK. The SHAK offers a safe and inclusive space for young people aged 10 – 17 years to connect, have a hot meal and take part in a variety of activities. 

School Workshops
Currently, workshops are being held at Sanderson Middle School (Artisti In Schools program), Palmerston College Special Education Centre, Milkwwod Primary School, and Lajamanu School (May, and September)

 

Company Partners

Tracks Inc is proudly sponsored by 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

Public Fund Trustees: Maari Gray and Michael Grant

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