Peta Parnell

Peta Parnell

You could say Peta loves dancing… she’s been doing it for almost 30 years!! Originally starting with Classical, Jazz, Ballroom and Latin she then discovered Rock’n’Roll, Rockabilly and Swing and has not looked back! Since then she has also learnt Collegiate Shag, Balboa, St Louis Shag, 20s Charleston and many solo routines. Peta has competed in numerous competitions, performed at all sorts of events from stage shows to conferences and weddings, and also DJs.

She’s been teaching dance for over 15 years, has judged at both the state and national level, and has been on the organising committee for one of the largest and longest running swing dance weekends, Sydney Lindy Exchange (SLX), since its inception.

She’s learnt from so many of the greats including Frankie Manning, Norma Miller, Sylvia Sykes, Sylvia Skylar, Frida Segerdahl, Dax Hock, Laura Keat, Soochan Lee and Young Kang, Pontus Persson and Isabella Gregorio, Sheesha and Nikki Marvin, Natalie and Yuval, Nick Williams, Jeremy Otth, Rusty Frank, Swingaporians, Mikey Pedroza and on and on!!!

By the way she’s Sweetp! Ask her how she got the nickname when you see her in class!

Andrew

Details coming soon!

Mitchell

Mitchell has been dancing for more than 15 years. He is an experienced Rock n Roll and Swing dancer who’s dance history includes being part of a great professional performance dance troupe as well as competing in NSW state dance competitions. If you want to learn Rock’n’Roll from someone who has great style, fabulous moves, is patient and technically proficient then Mitch is the teacher!!

We love dancing. And teaching dancing! We get a buzz when others enjoy it too! It’s fun, social and great for your health. We believe dance class should be relaxed, friendly and enjoyable. It should also be a place where everyone can learn, grow and progress at their own pace, while feeling safe and included.To help ensure this, the Sweet P Retro Dance School have a Code of Conduct. 

We expect everyone, students, volunteers, teachers and any other individual involved, to behave in a manner that supports the Code. This way we can all make dance a happy, welcoming, positive environment where we all treat each other respectfully and behave as adults at all times! (within the law!!).

So…. for the serious stuff… our Code of Conduct. This outlines our expectations of everyone. 

They are…

We would like our environment to be welcoming and safe for all, regardless of gender, gender identity, age, race, religion, sexual orientation etc. This is everyone’s responsibility.

No violent, rude, racist, homophobic, misogynistic, discriminatory, sexist, transphobic or ageist language will be tolerated at any Sweetp class or event! Nor will any comments on physical appearance, any suggestive sexual comments, or any form of verbal harassment. It’s rude, disrespectful and against the law. You will be asked to leave if you can’t speak nice. This applies to verbal and written communication that may be associated with this school or any Sweetp event. You know the old saying… if you don’t have something nice to say… don’t say it!

This is a social activity for most people… they come here to learn, grow, relax, get fit, have fun etc. So, we ask that you treat each other respectfully and be considerate of all others. If you accidently bump someone or tread on them, please make sure they are ok, check if they need help and apologise.
If someone says “No thank you” to a dance that’s their right… do not be disparaging about them… instead be polite with perhaps “No problems”.

Our neighbours would be included in behave nice, so when arriving and leaving a venue please keep noise to a minimum. This also includes respecting their property.

Be aware of others on the dance floor… don’t go throwing your arms around, doing lifts or dips, taking huge back steps or taking up a huge amount of space. Think about what shoes you wear… please ensure that you are comfortable in them and can move safely so as to not harm yourself. Safe also means no illegal substances nor drunken behaviour… apart from anything else it makes you unsafe to dance. This also includes no physical or emotional harassment of others. Finally please ensure you follow the COVID guidelines.

Dance involves physical contact however for this reason there are boundaries and rule. This means you do not have the right to touch the person you’re dancing with wherever you please! Unless indicated by your teacher you are not to touch anyone anywhere the dance does not require, and your partner doesn’t welcome. This includes butt, groin, face and chest. This also means no stroking or rubbing your partner’s hand/s, brushing up against someone and no close embrace! Ever! No they’re NOT asking for it!
If you are unsure about a hold, or hand placement, or hand grip and strength just ask your teacher.

Not your partner’s. Never give unsolicited advice unless asked for it. Our experience is that even though your partner may be polite to you about this it usually doesn’t make it welcome. Mostly it’s annoying! If you are asked for advice, tip or a suggestion while dancing… please keep it short… after all we’re here for the dancing.

However not at someone else’s expense.

The law in Australia is very clear about the unacceptability of discrimination, harassment and bullying. If you are unclear as to what these laws cover, it is your responsibility to become conversant with them so you know what is expected legally (and hence ensure you don’t break them). The same with the legal requirements covering a person’s right to privacy.
We are also an illegal drug free environment.
If you at any point in time you break any of the laws, you will be asked to leave and may be reported to the police.

A fun business… however a business none the less. As such we exercise the right to ask a person to leave, either temporarily or permanently, as well as refuse entry if we wish.

I know this sounds like a lot of serious stuff… we take our moral care towards others as well as our legal responsibility very seriously!

Our dancing though… well that part is fun!!!

If this sort of environment sounds to you like a good welcoming place to be… then we hope to see you at Sweetp’s!