Lyndel established The Loft over a decade ago and teaches regular contemporary dance classes and creative movement workshops. She trained in Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Theatre in Melbourne, completing a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Teaching at Deakin University (Rusden), and an Associate Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management, Box Hill TAFE. Lyndel has been involved in the dance and theatre industry for over 25 years and her experience spans teaching, movement direction, workshops and choreography for schools, theatre companies, training organisations and private dance studios in Australia and the UK. She is the founding artistic director of regional performance company, Blink Dance Theatre and together with other local artists, creates devised movement theatre. In the last few years, Lyndel has developed a passion for Yoga and completed the Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching (350hrs) with The Australian Yoga Academy in Melbourne. Lyndel believes in the natural intelligence of the body and movement as a catalyst for healing and transformation.
Trudi trained in classical ballet and achieved RAD Advanced before being introduced to contemporary dance at Victoria University where she completed a BA in Performance Studies. She went on to teach contemporary at Dancehouse in Melbourne and undertook further training in contemporary dance teacher training at VCA before having her 2 children, Oskar and Edie. She has also completed the Australian Yoga Academy’s Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching and ran her own yoga studio in McKinnon, Melbourne from 2009 to 2014, during which time she also taught contemporary for the Belle Rose Academy of Ballet. Trudi and her family moved from Melbourne to Geelong in 2015.
Erin is an advocate for the practice of self-reflection, meditation and contemplation and their role in promoting positive self-care, body awareness, health and healing. Erin has completed numerous qualifications within the health and fitness industry, gaining certification in Mat Pilates, Personal Training, Nutrition, Group Fitness and Community Coaching. She completed an Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching with the Australian Yoga Academy in 2013 and has since embarked on her journey into the realm of mental health and emotional well-being. A passionate writer and teacher of yoga’s basic principles of cultivating mindfulness, stillness and awareness of the breath and flow of energy throughout the body, Erin empowers her students to live with clarity, simplicity and self-intelligence. Erin is currently completing a degree in Psychological Science at Deakin University.
Xavier is a dance teacher and choreographer from Geelong, and is the director of Attitude Dance. He graduated from the full-time course at Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance in 2012. Xavier teaches at Impetus Dance Theatre and has choreographed productions such as Fiddler on the Roof for Geelong Lyric Theatre; Game On, Jump and Once Upon a Mattress for the GSODA Junior Players; Headcase and The Man About Town for Attitude Dance Company and Fame and (opening next week) The Wedding Singer for Altona City Theatre. He has recently performed in The Producers with ACT, Soft Landing with Blink Dance Theatre and Stacey Carmichael, A Few Good Men with Geelong Rep, Forbidden with Collision Dance, Miss Saigon with Footlight Productions and Rent with CenterStage. Xavier is passionate about building strong technique, encouraging confidence in dancers and having fun in class.
Jen is an optimistic and caring person with a calming influence. Interested in all things creative and well-being, she enjoys practicing art, dance, yoga and meditation. Originally trained in jazz ballet, Jen has been dancing and performing for over two decades. A senior choreographer during high school for the Rock Eisteddfod, Jen went on to dance in Geelong dance groups; New Beginnings with Simon Vowels, Parallax Dance Company with Jordan Punsalang and teaching kids’ at Karen Feldman’s Dance Studio for many years. Jen continues to be passionate about dance and as a child of the 80’s and 90’s is looking forward to her new role as teacher of Retro Dance!
Melissa has been a regular student at The Loft for the last two years and is super excited to now be joining the teaching team. Growing up, Melissa trained extensively in Ballet, Jazz and Pointe and was also an avid surfer. She also completed training for many years in Martial arts (Jiu-Jitsu). In 2013, Melissa studied through the VFA in Geelong to attain Certificates in group exercise and personal training. Melissa began her journey with yoga in 2001 and in 2016 she undertook a 350hr Diploma in Hatha Vinyasa at Bellbrae. She is currently studying a 100hr Yin Yoga Certification. Melissa recently completed the 50hr Barre Teacher Training at The Loft and continues to grow as a student and teacher. Melissa believes in the power of any kind of movement as a transformational tool for the body, mind and spirit.
Renee has found her second home here at The Loft as our Studio Assistant. She embodies all things health and wellness and brings such creative and playful energy with her. Renee is incredibly passionate in teaching others how to nourish, flourish and be the powerhouse that they came here to be. A soulful mumma, her two beautiful children are teaching her how to be curious in the learnings of life and to always find the joy in each moment. Renee is so excited to be here as she is free to be herself and play in the beautiful community that Lyndel has created. She attends numerous movement classes at the studio on a regular basis. Renee is a wonderful support to our teaching staff and ensures the studio is tidy each and every week.
Jane joined The Loft as a student in 2014. She started taking classes as way to get back in touch with the strength, stamina and flexibility she missed, never realising that magic of movement had something else in store for her – a complete reinvigoration of the heart and mind too. The community at The Loft is something she cherishes and believes in wholeheartedly, so much so she put her hand up to assist and has been a part of the team since 2015. Using her creative skills and keen aptitude for organisation she works with the team to ensure that everything in and out of the studio runs smoothly.