Grey Panthers 1991

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This year we saw a growth in participants in the Darwin Dance Mob Older Adults Group. Doubling in number, the classes provided access to dance regardless of age. Along with their weekly class the women performed in various one off events including: The Storm Festival and the Easter Parade (combining with a Seniors choir the women presented to five rest homes around Darwin: 'Israel Folk Dance', 'The Blues Shuffle', the 'Cha Cha', the 'Koko Dance', the 'Itallo Dance', 'Birdie Dance', 'Hokey Pokey', the 'Lambeth Walk').

They also performed in the Darwin Fringe Festival, the Senior Citizens’ Picnic (Folk and Hoedown), Evergreens Luncheon (performance and participation dances), the Life Be In It Sunset Series for Senior Citizens Week and seven seniors homes for their Evergreens Christmas Show. They added to their repertoire new dances 'Christmas Night', 'Jingle Bell Rock', an Indian Folk Dance, and a range of Christmas songs. These women are fast becoming a major inspiration for other seniors, showing the benefits of not just an active life style, but also a creative one.

Program Leader

Sarah Calver
Guest: Jayachandran, (modern Indian folk).

Participants

Jo Davis, Audrey Gorring, Glad Morris, Marie Porter, Lila Prochazka, Joy Soullier, Kath Baldwin, Audrey Svara, Adie Bruce, Hanna Stamm, Greta Quong and Inger Andersson

1991

Dance Development Office: Sarah Calver

[Under Brown’s Mart Community Arts – Executive Officer Ken Conway]

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Further Reading

The history of the Grey Panthers

Audience Response

“What an Active Bunch they are! One can only see the zest they have for living. I hope I have the same enthusiasm when I am their age and there are people like you working with active older adults.” Cate Soppitt, Life Be In It.

Media Response

"Age is no barrier when it comes to enjoying dance." Nicole Cridland, NT News

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