What do you do when you are more than 60 years old, can't stop dancing and love travelling? Darwin’s legendary senior dance group
The Grey Panthers are taking their shimmy onto the bus and heading to Katherine with their show Caravan.
The show features more than 20 Panthers sharing the stage with some of K-town’s own dance talent to bring you a diverse afternoon including Latin, Hollywood and some sultry show numbers.
Also premiering is Swings and Flings, a piece by choreographer Joanna Noonan about the lives of women from rural and remote backgrounds. Created on women who share common life stories, the dance explores how they coped over long periods dealing with rearing young children, men folk and the loneliness that can come with life on a big station.
Tracks Dance Company Co-Artistic Director David McMicken says the audience is up for a dance avoured smorgasbord.
“They’re going to have a bit of a cry, definitely a laugh and be very impressed by the range of dance styles presented,” he said.
Being the longest established senior dance group in Australia, The Grey Panthers are performance stalwarts. With 29 years under their belt, McMicken says their longevity is remarkable for any dance group. Their secret?
“They love performing! But also having other people see they can still do their stuff. The feeling is strong that they’re counteracting the idea that seniors become invisible, and they love to do it in a fun and entertaining way.”
Opportunities to mingle with this loud and proud bunch are plenty with post show tea and chats, and plans for further workshops in Katherine. Nobody puts the Panthers in a corner – so join them for this all ages afternoon of dance filled fun.