Team

LYNDEL QUICK

STUDIO DIRECTOR
TEACHER: YOGA, BARRE & CONTEMPORARY

Lyndel is passionate about sharing the benefits of an embodied movement practice. She established The Loft over 15 years ago and  encourages her students to be deeply present, to explore their innate movement capacity and to trust in themselves. Her classes incorporate a creative flow of movement sequences and emphasise strong anatomical foundations, energetic alignment and creating space in the body through release techniques. Lyndel has an extensive background in dance, training professionally in technique and movement improvisation. She is the lead trainer and course director for The Loft Barre Teacher Training program. Lyndel completed the Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching (350 hours) with The Australian Yoga Academy in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Teaching from Deakin University, majoring in Dance, Theatre and Education. She is currently completing a 12 week Smart Body, Smart Mind course with Irene Lyon, focussing on nervous system regulation, trauma, feldenkrais and somatic experiencing. Lyndel believes in the natural intelligence of the human body and movement as a catalyst for healing and transformation. She teaches with humour, enthusiasm, dedication and love.

 

ALICE ROSSI

TEACHER: YOGA, BALLET & BARRE

Alice began early ballet training in Italy at the age of six. At the Professional School of Ballet in Padua, she learnt from the best ballet and contemporary dance teachers in Europe. Alice studied ballet history, music, pointe, technique, choreography and folkloristic dance during the different workshops and conferences she took part in. Alice learnt the Italian method, Cecchetti, in combination with the Russian method Vaganova. Her love at first sight for ballet brought Alice to discover the fabulous world of contemporary dance. Dance is a form of art that allows us to express our inner beauty throughout our body language. After travelling, working and sailing around the world, Alice found her happy place in Geelong, where she completed her 200 hours Yukti Yoga Teacher Training at Pilates and Yoga Styles and started teaching with determination and compassion. At The Loft, she has the chance to combine her greatest passions, dance and yoga, in a unique, welcoming place for teaching and learning.

 

JENNIFER BACKWELL

TEACHER: RETRO WORKOUT

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 enjoying her new role as teacher of Retro Workout. Jen is currently completing her Yoga Teacher Training.

 

SIMONE FITZGERALD

TEACHER: YOGA

Simone started doing yoga over 17  years ago as a way to deal with life’s many challenges. She completed her first Yoga teacher training in 2014 with My Health Yoga Level 1 (350hrs), she then went on to further her studies in the Jivamukti method in NY 2015 studying directly with David Life and Sharon Gannon (300hrs), and has recently completed her Level 2 Training and Yin with My Health Yoga (200hrs) in 2017, 2018. She is also about to embark on Trauma Yoga Training and will forever be a humble student of the yoga method and philosophy. Simone’s classes are intuitive, fun and grounding, leaving you with the feeling that anything is possible when you step off your mat.

 

SARAH MCDONALD

TEACHER: BALLET

Sarah began dancing at the age of 5 and completed her training her in Geelong. In 2014 she was invited to take part in Expressions Ballet Academy’s Vocational Training Program, where she was taught by teachers of the highest calibre. It was in this year that she achieved distinction in her RAD Grade 8 exam and she discovered her passion for teaching ballet at the age of 16. After finishing Year 12, Sarah auditioned and was successful in many full time dance auditions however decided to pursue a career in nursing. Through her studies, Sarah has increased her understanding of the body’s anatomy and physiology. This understanding is beneficial for teaching the ballet technique which focuses heavily on the alignment of the body to perform safe movement. Sarah loves the way that dance weaves together artistry and athleticism in one unique tapestry and she is committed to sharing this passion with others.

 

DANNII PETROVSKI

TEACHER: JAZZ

Dannii began his training at an early age in Geelong and quickly made his way to Melbourne and Sydney studying with some of Australia’s finest institutions and choreographers including The Victorian College of the Arts, Barbara Lynch, Dulcie Lee, Barbara Warren Smith and Tony Bartuccio. He then completed his training at The National Theatre Ballet School under the direction of Marilyn Jones and Joanne Adderley.
Dannii then headed to Japan and America performing in countless shows, Cabarets, Theme parks and Cruise ships. Upon his return to Melbourne, he concentrated on the commercial and corporate dance scene performing in productions for Opera Australia, The Logies and Crown Casino.
In the last 8 years, he has established himself as a successful and sought after choreographer and creative director with his company Fame Agenda. His clients include Loreal Fashion Festival, Crown Casino, Westfield, Foxtel, and Em Rusciano to name a few. Dannii is excited to return to his hometown to teach Jazz classes at The Loft.

 

SHERIDAN LANG

TEACHER: CONTEMPORARY

Sheridan is a dancer, choreographer and lecturer in Arts Education (Dance) at Deakin University. She is trained in both contemporary dance technique and classical ballet. Her classes support the development and expression of dance artistry through structured contemporary dance sequences that are specifically designed to extend each dancer’s movement range, physical skills, ease of movement and creative movement potential.  Sheridan also has a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Dance (Hons), Bachelor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy and is an experienced educator, VCE dance educator and teaching artist, with over 15 years of teaching experience in dance composition as artistry and education in schools, tertiary institutions and dance studios.

 

SINDI RENEA

STUDIO ASSISTANT

Sindi started as an absolute beginner student at The Loft in 2016 and has floated back and fourth to classes as time has permitted ever since. She loved the welcoming and encouraging atmosphere from the first time she walked in the door.  Ballet and dance was a love from her childhood however circumstances and self consciousness prevented her from learning most of her life. In 2017 whilst sharing her story of beginning dance as an adult, Sindi was chosen as one of the first VicHealth ThisGirlCan ambassadors, encouraging other Victorian woman to get out and have a go in whatever activity they choose and not letting themselves be held back. She is happy to be part of the team and help create a safe and comfortable environment for all to learn in and explore movement.

 

JANE ACOPIAN

STUDIO ASSISTANT

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.