Grey Panthers 2005

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The group keeps growing. A 30% increase since 2004. In addition to weekly classes in 2005, the Grey Panthers performed in Arafura Games Opening Ceremony and Angels of Gravity (where they once again shared the stage with the Lajamanu Yawulyu dancers) and created new dances performed at one-off events. Their group portrait by artist Catherine Paton in the Portrait of a Senior Territorian’ competition won the people’s choice award.

The Grey Panthers provide an ongoing presence of creative and active seniors in the community. They show life-long learning at work and make many connections between culture, health, charity and general community mindedness. They are powerful role models for women and provide positive images of seniors.

One-off performances for 2005: Arafura Games Launch – Casuarina Shopping Centre, the Administrator’s Pleasure Charity Benefit Concert – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin Festival Launch, Darwin Entertainment Centre Launch, Cancer Council, Portrait of a Senior Territorian Opening – Parliament House, Big Girls Pyjama Party – Cancer Foundation – Chan Building, Arthritis Foundation – Trailer Boat Club, Evergreens – Nightcliff Sports and Social Club, and Council of the Aging Festive Season - Spillet House.

Program Leaders

Julia Quinn and David McMicken

Guest Artists: Tim Newth
, Betchay Mondragon (Filipino dance), Sarah Calver (Angels Of Gravity), Gail Evans (Character work)

Particpants

Judith Allen, Lucy Aylett, Betty Ballinger, Marj Baxter, Kay Brown, Bette Chapman, Val Clark, Diane Dibbins, Idalia De Sousa, Marge Duminski, Liz Gammon, Margaret Glowacki, Audrey Gorring, Jan Hastings, Kathleen Harding, Crena Hemmings, Sheila Hensby, Val Hristova, Margaret Lee, Elaine Marlow, Helen Murphy, Anne Newman, Bev Paget, Shirley Somers, Janine Sutter, Gwen Varney, Punny Vegter, Maria Vlastuin, Mavis Waddell, Jacquie Williams, and Norma Younger

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“Superb, truly captivating. Wonderful inclusion of a range of people in society. Beautiful exploration of real issues."

“Dance groups such as Tracks and the Grey Panthers are distinctly Territorian and provide young and older locals with national, even international exposure.” Relocation North, Defense Force Paper

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