Dance Animateur: Kelly Beneforti
Involved in various ways with training, the facilitation, creation and direction of performances.
Kelly is an exemplar of a Tracks company member. As Dance Animateur at Tracks, Kelly brings with her a diverse and extensive creative history with the company, as well as experiences from interstate and overseas. She has built a diverse and extensive creative history with Tracks with well over 10 years contact. Her artistry is incredibly broad ranging and her ability to work across the Territory with so many different dancers, cultures, ages, and styles is phenomenal. She is currently working with Tracks and also maintains her Independent Dance status by working with other dancers and artists, school students and community groups, both locally and interstate.
Initially Kelly became involved with Tracks as a youth dancer leading into a youth leadership program where she performed, taught, and toured to the Philippines on a research trip. Kelly completed a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne (2011). She participated in our choreographic development course, and now leads this program.
Kelly has been an ArtStart recipient (Melbourne, New York, Darwin 2013), an Artist in Residence at Millner Primary, undertaken an Early Career Residency with Lajamanu man Caleb Japanangka Patrick (Lajamanu, Darwin 2013/2014), and in 2015, Kelly was the recipient of a Structured Mentorships grant through Community Partnerships, Australia Council for the Arts.
Her passion for contemporary dance has recently led her to curating Fresh Tracks 2016 – our contribution to the Darwin Fringe Festival. In 2017 Kelly performed and assisted in the devising of Frankie Snowden and Madeleine Krenek’s The Perception Experiment, premiering at Araluen Cultural Precinct, Alice Springs
"Since my first youth dance show with Tracks in 2004, the company has continually offered me newly profound and challenging experiences, both in developing my career and in the sense of influencing me to become a more open-minded and engaged person. The many opportunities to grow and nurture deep connections and relationships here in the Territory have been the most generous and invaluable gifts that Tim and David have given me. I only hope that my own work is imbued with the same humanity that I have discovered while working with Tracks."