Participation Program 2018
Darwin, Northern Territory
We believe that everyone should have the chance to enjoy dancing. The Tracks Participation Program is about engaging in dance as a whole of life activity and presenting it publically. This program provides diverse opportunities to be involved in a project at Tracks, including everything from large-scale one-off participatory performances to smaller pop-up performances, and even the chance to be seen on stage at some of Darwin's largest events.
Classes and Workshops
The Grey Panthers
Senior dance classes – 9.30 - 11am every Friday morning.
In 2018 The Grey Panthers celebrate their 30th year milestone of being an extraordinary senior dance troupe. Weekly classes, rehearsals and one off performances have seen the Grey Panthers become a favourite with Darwin audiences. We think the Grey Panthers are Australia's longest running senior dance troupe and exemplify's a core Tracks value, which is our belief in dance as a whole life activity.
Our community members aged 60 yrs + will be busy learning and performing new work in and around the city throughout 2018.
Between 19 February – 27 April we relocated our dance studio to the Live Darwin Hub in Smith Street Mall. Four local and inspiring dancers - Bryn Wackett, Jenelle Saunders, Madeleine Brown, and Jordan Brtetherton - joined our resident Dance Animateur, Kelly Beneforti for this special program of interactive activities, with dance literally spilling out into the streets of the CBD.
With lunchtime drop-in classes, mall performances, office visits by the Dance Doctors, our CBD City Dance Walk tour featured new site specific works by our Tracktivators, Big Dance large-scale community dance event and cheeky dance interventions. TRACKTIVATION transformed our city with the pulse and rhythm of dance.
Make a Dance in a Week
Tracks' annual school holiday program, Make a Dance in a Week, 2018 was open to primary, middle and secondary school students. We had 12 particpants who worked under the guidance of Madeleine Brown and Jordan Bretherton, both local dancers and Tracks alumni.
Daily classes and workshops led to a performance in the Live Darwin Hub on Friday April 20th for family and friends of the students. The groups took themes from current events, namely Cyclone Marcus, to come up with material following the elements of Fire, Wind, Water and Earth.
Big Dance Darwin 2018, with a focus in Darwin CBD as part of our Tracktivation project was performed throughout Australia on International Day Day April 29. Big Dance, an International biennial festival of dance engages large numbers of people connecting through one unifying choreographic piece.
In 2018, Indigenous choreographer Frances Rings and New Zealand born Craig Bary were engaged to create this years Big Dance piece, which spoke uniquely Australian. Tracks Dance Company produced the Darwin leg of Big Dance and through this connected with the rest of Australia through dance. Open to all, our local and community participants performed on level 6 of the West Lane Carpark - Darwin City, during sunset.
For more information about Big Dance throughout Australia click here.
Open auditions for Community dancer were held on May 15 & 16 for Tracks' next full length production, In Your Blood. Experienced and non-experienced performers were welcome to audtition for either 'The Footy Team' or 'The Cricket Team'.
Tracks Inc is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; and is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government.
NTGV Live Darwin and Jacana Energy
Ausdance NSW, NTGV Office of Youth Affairs, Big Dance and Darwin City Council
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. 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
The Grey Panthers - Feb 2 to Dec 7, Each Friday 9.30am - 11am
Tracktivation - Feb 19 to April 29
Make a Dance in a Week - April 16 to April 20
Big Dance - Performance April 29
In Your Blood - Aug 12 to 19