Grey Panthers 1992


By 1992 the Older Adults Group of the Darwin Dance Mob have proven themselves to be one of the most stable groups in the Community Dance program. Their weekly 1.5 hour dance class maintains and increases skill and fitness, while their many community one-off performances keeps them in the public eye.

A major work for the women was the Old Spice Club Cabaret, working with dance and dramatic material from every era the women had lived, from the 1920’s to the current day, and accompanied live by the Old Spice Club Band. Directed by Joanna Barrkman with Merrilee Mills as Musical Director.

The women also performed in the full-length community event Tracks and Clusters performing 'Under the Banyan Tree', finding that special place in the garden.

Beyond the major performance season of Old Spice Club, the women performed for 19 other community events including: Council of the Ageing (COTA), University of the Third Age (U3A), Darwin and Palmerston Bowls Clubs, Inner Wheel, local high schools, Hey Hey It’s Saturday Red Faces (Second place), Palmerston Markets, Life Be In It, Evergreens Club, Mixtures at the Mart, and their popular Christmas show at seniors homes.

Program Leaders

Sarah Calver and David McMicken
Guest Artists: Joanna Barrkman and Merrilee Mills


Inger Andersson, Kath Baldwin, Ruth Blandy, Adie Bruce, Julie Dowson, Audrey Gorring, Glad Morris, Marie Porter, Lila Prochazka, Greta Quong, Marjorie Reynolds, Joy Soullier, Frida Staats, Hanna Stamm, Audrey Svara and Jean Young Smith


Dance Development Office: David McMicken

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


“There is little of the granny in these surprising women, and that little is the sharp twinkling of eyes, relishing life’s partnership in spite of its whims and false moves.” Maggi Phillips

“… the humor is always quick, and there is no room for prudes on stage or in the audience.” Marney White, Northern Territory News

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