30 Years of the Grey Panthers 2018


Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

The longest established senior dance group in Australia, the Grey Panthers were formed 1988. Believing in dance as a whole of life experience the Panthers are at the heart of Tracks Dance Company. Much loved in the Darwin for their honest, life invigorating performances, the group has included many faces, since the beginning 126 members have passed through. In their 30 years they have been involved in over 30 major performance works with Tracks and hundreds of one off community and Charitable performances. 

Hear members of the Grey Panther (seniors' dance troupe) talk about belonging to the group

Read a short history of the Grey Panthers

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Grey Panthers 1988 - 2017

Adie Bruce, Anita Janson, Ann Lilley, Anne Newman, Anong Hill, Antonietta Vanzella, Audrey Gorring, Audrey Svara, Barb Quinlan, Barbara Fletcher, Barby Barkly, Barry Thomson, Beryl Darben, Bette Chapman, Betty Ballinger, Bev Paget, Bobbie Johnstone, Carmel Alderson, Carolyn Bursa, Chris Parker, Christine MacKinnon, Crena Hemmings, Darryl Butler, David Turbayne, Delicia Cooke, Diane Dibbins, Diane Lucas, Dianne Mount, Dottie Dabin, Elaine Marlow, Eleanor Scott, Ellen Hankin, Elsie Thompson, Eve White, Filomena De Castro, Francisca Kleinebeck, Frida Staats, Gail Morris, Gisela Erfurt, Glad Morris, Gloria Corliss, Greta Quong, Gwen Varney, Hanna Stamm, Helen Mannion-Esparon, Helen Murphy, Hilary Bassett, Idalia De Sousa, Inger Andersson, Jacquie Williams, Jan Blackburn, Jan Everingham, Jan Hastings, Jan Honeyman, Jan Jewell, Janine Sutter, Janis Lewis, Jean Dempsey, Jean Young Smith, Jenni Sanderson, Jo Davis, Jo Parish, Joan Fensom, Joan Worth, Jocelyn Perkins, Josephine Brine, Joy Soullier, Joyce Tickell, Judi Samuels, Judith Allen, Judy Markwell, Judy Mckerr, Judy Weepers, Julie Dowson, Kath Baldwin, Kathleen Elliott, Kathleen Harding, Kathy Herlihy, Kay Brown, Lendell Fyson, Lila Prochazka, Lillian Mann, Linda Mansour, Liz Gammon, Lois Penman, Lucy Aylett, Marg Lee, Margaret Glowacki, Margaret Wight, Marge Duminski, Maria Vlastuin, Marie Porter, Marj Baxter, Marjorie Reynolds, Mary Ehn, MaryAnn Hinton, Mavis Waddell, Melkina Mathie, Noelene Trinne, Nora Francis, Norma Young, Pam Smith, Pamela Tibbits, Pamela Trotman, Pat Townsend, Patricia Doyle, Patricia O'Neill, Punny Vegter, Robyn Ducat, Rosemary Findlay, Ruth Blandy, Sheila Hensby, Shirley Somers, Toni Bonney, Toni Vine-Bromley, Val Clark, Val Hayes, Val Hristova, Vilaisan Campbell, Von Hill, Wendy James, Willis Gerrig, Zenaida Ballesteros

Program Leaders 1988 - 2017

Sarah Calver, David McMicken, Merrilee Mills, Julia Quinn, Joanna Noonan, Jess Devereux, Kelly Beneforti

Guest Artists 1988 - 2017

Bryn Wackett, Janelle Saunders, Betchay Mondragon, Maggi Phillips, Beth Shelton, Gary Lang, Lizzi Webb, Tim Newth, Emma Porteus, Gail Evans, Yoris Wilson, Trevor Patrick, Claire Kilgarriff, Paia Ingram, Jenine MacKay, Karen Manton, Warrant Officer Peter Clark, Karyn Sassella, Joanna Barrkman, Anja Tait, Trix Mallooly, Marie Trewin, Esther Woolnough, Jane Escott, Anthony Johnson, Gwen Brown, Natalie Sprite, Jayachandran

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 2018

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

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

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

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



Discover More

The Grey Panthers have featured in Tracks major performances as well as creating their own full length works:

1988 Dance on Darwin (featured as Darwin Dance Mob - Older Adults)

1988 Dance Feast (featured as Darwin Dance Mob - Older Adults)

1989 Dancing Tapestries (featured as Darwin Dance Mob - Older Adults)

1990 Thru Moves (featured as Darwin Dance Mob - Older Adults)

1992 Tracks and Clusters (featured as Darwin Dance Mob - Older Adults)

1992 Old Spice Club Cabaret (Darwin Dance Mob - Older Adults)

1993 Gathering Ground (featured as Darwin Dance Mob - Older Adults)

1994 Gathering Ground 2 (featured)

1994 Open House (featured)

1995 Healthy Wealthy and Wise

1997 4WD Sweat Dust and Romance (featured)

1997 Bodies of Light (featured)

1999 Reluctant Retirees

1999 Recollections

2000 Love Versus Gravity (featured)

2001 Fierce, the Story of Olive Pink (A collaboration with Lajamanu Aboriginal women’s dancing group and guest artists)

2001 Dear Auntie

2003 A Bowls Club Wedding (the smash hit)

2003 Local (featured)

2005 Angels of Gravity (featured)

2006  A Bowls Club Wedding (return season)

2007 You Dance Funny (featured)

2007 Arafura Games (featured)

2008 Lipstick and Ochre (A collaboration with Lajamanu Aboriginal women’s dancing group and guest artists)

2010 Allure of Paradise (featured)

2012 Eight to Eighty - the Architecture of Age (featured)

2013 Future Age (celebrating 25 years of the Grey Panthers)

2015 13th National Rural Health Conference

2015 Last Light (featured)

2015 Big Dance (featured)

2016 Caravan

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