Dancing through 2017

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The Grey Panthers performing at the Fire Services Christmas Lunch for Seniors 2017

The dance year 2017 has been a busy one. Starting off the year with a Time and Space Residency with Tracks Dance Company I worked toward a performance of “Dreams and Echoes” as part of the Tracks Dance performance “Fresh Tracks” in July.

This was followed by rehearsal and presentation of an eight show season of the Tracks Dance Company Darwin Festival Show “Man Made” in August.

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Meet the 103-year-old dancer still performing, choreographing and making costumes – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-01/australias-103-year-old-dance-eileen-kramer/9216140

This article perhaps speaks for itself and indeed Eileen Kramer has a great deal to say as an older dancer.

My question is, “Is it ever to late to find and express your voice through dance?”

Bravo Eileen for pointing us in the direction of an answer in the affirmative.

Supporting Young Dancers

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The Top End of the Northern Territory has quite a community of dancers. Even though the community may be small in numbers that brings a greater sense of intimacy and cooperation. A number of dance schools and dance companies operate and there is an active dance school at one of the local high schools.

As an older person who has been given a chance to learn, perform and choreograph contemporary dance I think it important to do what I can to encourage and support younger dancers learning their craft.

Recently I had the opportunity to play the King in a production by the Darwin School of Ballet of “Sleeping Beauty” at the Darwin Entertainment Centre. This production showcased students in all age groups that are offered classes by the school. A great night out and an amazing production .

I am very pleased to be able to support young dancers and had a ball in this show. The photo  is of me waiting out the hundred years between Princess Aurora falling asleep, being woken by Prince Charming  and curtain call.

The Art of Well-Being

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I have only today learned that there is a conference on in Sydney during this coming week called the Ninth Annual International Arts and Health Conference The Art of Good Health and Well-Being:Mental Health and Resilience Through the Arts

I am sad about this because it is a conference I would like to have attended. It is a day away, Alas my program of other things is too full and there is no time to rearrange anything.

One reason I would like to have attended is to engage in conversation with people who might only see dance and the arts as a kind of health therapy for older people. There is a speaker who is going to talk about training teachers of dance for older people. I really hope the idea is not to just train young people to teach old people and reinforce the dance as therapy alone. it would seem to me to be very important that older people themselves are encouraged and enabled to teach and encourage their peers in the art of dance.
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Dancing at 103

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Eileen Kramer – Image from Dance Australia

Eileen Kramer is an out there example of older people dancing and moving. She is to be congratulated and recognised for her continuing achievements. Many older people, some of lesser age than Eileen’ still dance or use their bodies and minds to move for themselves and others, whether this be through dance, or yoga or just their daily lives. My question is what meaning to we place on this? Is it just a novelty that we can wonder at or might it mean that more of us could think of not giving up on our bodies just because common wisdom says we should.

Eileen Kramer SMH Article