Lyndel established The Loft over a decade ago and teaches contemporary dance, barre and yoga classes. She encourages 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, creating space in the body and synchronising movement and breath. She has an extensive background in dance, training professionally in dance technique, theatre making and movement improvisation. Lyndel completed the Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching (500 hours) with The Australian Yoga Academy in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Teaching from Deakin University, majoring in Dance. 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 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.
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.
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!
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.