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After a few dance lessons in another style of dancing, Trish went to see the 2001 Best of the Best Competition. The first two contestants to take the floor were a swing couple. ‘‘At the end of the song I remember turning to Derek with my eyes bugging out of my head and yelled at the top of my lungs ‘I want to learn THAT!’’’ Trish then went out searching Sydney looking for someone to teach her Swing.

Word had come out that the couple who had impressed her so much were coming to Sydney to teach a lift workshop. Of course, that couple turned out to be Swing Patrol’s Scott and Fi. She signed up for the class as quickly as her pen could sign the cheque… For her efforts she ended up being so sore that she couldn’t walk for a week. It was a fantastic workshop!

Since then Trish has been cutting up any rug that has the sweet tune of the 40s playing in the background! Strangest place I have ever danced would have to be on a Sydney ferry on the way to the Zoo.

Highlights of the swingin’ years:

  • Learning from Frankie Manning
  • Being a part of the Sydney swing scene and watching it grow over the last couple of years&
  • Travelling to a number of popular Australian destinations to dance (namely Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Goldcoast, Canberra & Lismore)
  • Meeting so many wonderful people over the years through the swing scene
  • Becoming a teacher in the Sydney swing scene and joining the Swing Patrol team
  • Travelling to Herrang to learn to dance from some of the worlds best swing dancers
  • Seeing The American Lindy Hop Competition Live in LA
  • Teaching the finalists from the popular TV program – Dancing With The Stars!
  • Being the first Australians to be accepted into 'The Balboa Experiment'
  • Traveling oveseas to teach weekend workshops

Trish is highly respected as a person, a teacher and a swing dancer all over Australia and her passion for sharing the dance is unrivalled. Swing Patrol are delighted to have Trish on the teaching team as she has a lot to offer budding swing dancers and will continue to play an important role in developing and growing the Sydney swing scene!

Some competition Results

Sydney Lindy Exchange 2010
1st Place (All Balboa Jack'n'Jill)

Australian Balboa Championships 2010
2nd Place (Australian Balboa Championships) WATCH VIDEO

Australian Jitterbug Championships 2010
2nd Place (All Balboa Jam) WATCH VIDEO

Sydney Balboa Weekend 2010
1st Place (All Balboa Jack'n'Jill)

Sydney Jitterbug Championships 2009
2nd Place (Balboa Jam)

Australian Jitterbug Championships 2009
3rd Place (Balboa Jam) WATCH VIDEO

Sydney Balboa Weekend 2009
1st Place (All Balboa Jack'n'Jill)

Jumptown Jam 2009
2nd Place (3 Jack'n'Jill Divisions .. Blues/Balboa/Lindy)

Melbourne Lindy Battle 2008
2nd Place (All Balboa Jam)

Sydney Jitterbug Championships 2007
1st Place (Balboa Division) WATCH VIDEO
1st Place (Strictly Lindy)
3rd Place (Fast Foot)

Sydney Jitterbug Championships 2006
1st Place (Balboa Division)
2nd Place (Showcase Division)
3rd Place (Strictly Lindy)
3rd Place (Fast Foot)

The Australian Balboa Championships 2006
2nd Place (Open Balboa / Bal-Swing Division)

The National Dance Championships 2005
1st Place (Open Invitational Harlem Swing)
1st Place (Open Invitational Lindy Hop)
1st Place (Teams Division)

The National Dance Championships 2004
1st Place (Open Invitational Harlem Swing)
1st Place (Open Invitational Lindy Hop)

Sydney Jitterbug Championships 2004
1st Place (Showcase Division) WATCH VIDEO
2nd Place (Fast Foot Division)
2nd Place (Strictly Lindy Division)

Rockdale Social Dance Comp 2004
1st Place (Open Swing)

National Capital Championships 2004
2nd Place Lindy Hop (Open Invitational)

The Pan Pacific Championships 2004
1st Place Slow Swing (Open Invitational)
1st Place Lindy Hop (Open Invitational)

The National Dance Championships 2003
1st Place Lindy Hop (Open)
1st Place Lindy Hop (Open Invitational)

Illawarra Rock'N'Roll Dance Championships 2003
1st Place Open Swing

The Pan Pacific Championships 2003
1st Place Slow Swing (Open Invitational)
1st Place Lindy Hop (Open Invitational)

QLD Rock'N'Roll / Lindy Hop Championships 2003
1st Place Slow Swing (E Grade)
2nd Place Lindy Hop (E Grade)

Camp Jitterbug Down Under 2003
2nd Place (Up & Comers)


Learn to dance with Trish.

2nd & 4th Fridays of the month at Swing Pit
St. Stephens Hall – 189 Church St (off King St) Newtown, MAP
Private Lessons with Trish.

If you want to speed up your learning or put the finishing touch on your dancing then why not consider a private lesson with Derek or Trish (or both).

Private lessons cost $60 per teacher or $80 for both (Great for couples learning).

For more information drop Derek and/or Trish a email derek@swingpatrol.comor trish@swingpatrol.com

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