The Team

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Lyndel Quick - Owner/Director

Lyndel has a deep love for embodied movement practice . Classes offer a creative flow of movement sequences and emphasise strong anatomical foundations, energetic alignment and creating space in the body through release techniques. Lyndel is the lead course trainer for The Loft’s 50 hour Barre Teacher Training course. She 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 Uni Rusden, majoring in Contemporary Dance. Lyndel also completed an Advanced Diploma in Dance Teaching and Management at Box Hill TAFE, focusing on ballet teaching. In 2016 she received the Australian Independent Dance Teachers Award and later in 2017 her studio The Loft won the People’s Choice, Health & Fitness at the ANZ Geelong Small Business Awards. Lyndel’s contemporary class material draws inspiration from somatic practices as well as structured modern dance influences. She is the founding Artistic Director of Blink Dance Theatre, a project-based performance company. She teaches with humour, enthusiasm and love.

Monique Powe

Monique began dancing at age 3 at Danceworks Geelong where she trained for 16 years in various dance genres including; jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, highland and ballet. During her time at Danceworks, she was a competitive dancer and participated in guest performances such as Wakkakirri and Raise The Barre. After graduating high school, Monique completed 2 years of full-time training at The Ministry Of Dance, where she completed her Cert. IV in Dance, Cert. IV in Dance Teaching and Management, and Diploma in Elite Dance Training. Monique has had opportunities to perform in professional events including; White Night Melbourne, The Footy Show, Aus Tourism Gala, F1 Grand Prix and Australia’s Got Talent. 

She is a current company member of Attitude Dance Company. Monique has been teaching for 5 years and has found a passion for educating and sharing her love of dance with students of all ages, bringing enthusiasm and fun to her classes.

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Taygan Povolny - Studio Manager

Taygan has always maintained a deep love and passion for dance. Although lacking opportunities to train, she spent countless hours as a child choreographing routines in her bedroom and watching dance tutorial videos. Re-locating to Geelong in 2016 at 21 years old, Taygan enrolled in her first dance class at The Loft and has been there ever since! She has thrown herself into as many classes as possible, learning numerous dance styles and taking privates lessons. Taygan was an assistant dance teacher and studio assistant at Impetus Dance for many years, and currently teaches kids dance classes at Geelong Dance Movement. She is currently studying Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management with Transit Dance in Melbourne and this year, will complete her Masters in Child Play Therapy at Deakin University. Taygan has extensive experience working in childcare settings and holds a Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education. Prior to this, Taygan completed a bachelor’s degree in Criminology/Psychology at Deakin. The Loft holds a special place in Taygan’s heart and will always be a big part of her dance journey. She is very grateful to be embraced by the studio community and enjoys her role as Studio Manager. She hopes to welcome, inspire and encourage others to follow their dance dreams and to know it’s never too late to start dancing or re-ignite your passion for dance and movement.

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Laura Brown

Originally from New Zealand, Laura has danced since she was 3 years old, growing up learning ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and an avid amateur theatre performer.  She moved to Melbourne in 2006, where she graduated from Dance World Studio’s with a Diploma in Performing Arts.

After graduating, Laura worked for Princess Cruises, traveling the world and performing aboard the Princess fleet. Returning to Melbourne she has enjoyed working teaching and choreographing for a number of schools and organisations including; the Australian Girls Choir, Australian School of Performing Arts, Dance World Studio’s, Leaps and Bounds, M3 Dancehouse, Melbourne Dance Centre, Brighton Dance Academy, Kinderballet and non for profit organisation Girls from Oz. Throughout her 15 years teaching in Melbourne she has enjoyed working with everyone from complete beginners to advanced students over all styles of dance.

Dance is a lifelong passion and Laura loves sharing that passion for both movement and technique with her enthusiastic teaching style, helping students find different ways to move and challenging them within different genres and styles of dance.

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Alice Rossi

Alice began early ballet training in Italy at the age of six.  At the Professional School of Ballet in Padua, Alice had the chance to learn from some of the best ballet and contemporary dance teachers in Europe. She studied ballet history, music, pointe, technique, choreography and folkloristic dance during the different workshops and international 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. At the age of 20, Alice made her first steps into the immense universe of yoga. Alice strongly believes that a regular yoga practice, meditation and mindfulness can enhance the quality of our lives. Yoga teaches us the art of patience, kindness and compassion. 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. In 2018 Alice completed her Barre Teacher Training at The Loft and started to teach barre, along side with different levels of ballet, yoga, contemporary, stretch and retro classes. Meanwhile, in 2019 she took on a new challenge and, after two years of learning Pole Dancing, she started teaching beginner pole, stretching and choreography classes at Kylie J Pole Studio. In 2021 Alice competed in the Amateur category and placed second at the national competition, the Australian Pole Championships. In 2022 she was a semi-professional finalist in the renowned national competition, Hardcore Pole Championships.

Stacey Carmichael

Stacey is a gorgeous soul and incredibly gifted teacher. She’s also a passionate performing artist and teacher. Having studied a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts (Dance/Drama) at Deakin University and a Dip Ed at Fed Uni, Stacey has gone on to establish her own contemporary dance ensemble, direct a number of musicals and plays within Geelong, is a regular performer (actor) within Geelong and Melbourne and is a teacher of performing arts both in private studios and within secondary schools. Stacey has trained for over 30 years in jazz, funk, tap and contemporary dance. She trained at Brave Acting Studios, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts London and was a participant in an international residency at Frantic Assembly London. 

Sandra Clack

Sandra is a much-loved member of our teaching team! She is also one of the most highly qualified teachers and a senior examiner for Cecchetti Ballet Australia. She also proudly holds the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma. Sandra has a passion for teaching and has successfully run her own ballet school since 1980 of which the first five years were spent in Hamilton before moving to Geelong in 1985. Many students have gone onto full time dance and are currently working within the industry both in Australia and Overseas. She is one of five Cecchetti Grade Panel members who choreographed new syllabi from Pre Primary to Grades 6 as well as Dance Spectrum One & Two. These new syllabi are being used throughout Australia as well as overseas. Sandra loves sharing her love of Ballet with her advanced students at The Loft.

Bianca Cesar

Bianca first started at The Loft as a student about 8 years ago, and thankfully for us, she never left! Bianca is a physiotherapist, barre and ballet teacher. She grew up in Melbourne and started dancing at an early age in tap, jazz and ballet. It wasn’t too long before she decided to concentrate extensively on ballet and went on to complete all her RAD exams as well as participating in solo and group competitions and studying VCE dance. Her caring nature and love of helping others led to a career in Physiotherapy, where she has practiced both in Melbourne and Geelong for the last 15 years, predominantly with children and adults with disabilities. Bianca rediscovered adult ballet at The Loft and the Australian Ballet School over a decade ago and continues to dance regularly. She recently started studying specific post graduate dance physiotherapy courses and completed The Loft 50-hour Barre Teacher Training. She is also a qualified Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) teacher. After sustaining her own knee injury years ago, she has firsthand knowledge of injury management and extensive knowledge of anatomy and rehabilitation for safe movement practices.

Tegan Drever

Tegan is a passionate and energetic teacher who aims to help people explore their body’s capacity and yearning to move. With a Diploma of Leadership and Management, supporting individuals to grow and challenge themselves in a judgement free environment is at the heart of Tegan’s teaching style. Tegan’s love of dance started early at Hightone Dance Academy, performing in various junior musical theatre productions with The Bellarine Jongleurs. Later, she trained full time at Dance Factory in Richmond working with Kelly Aykers, Paul Davis and Etienne Khoo. She’s performed in many local community theatre and dance productions, highlights included performing with Blunt Productions in ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’, with Collision Ensemble in ‘Trapped’, ‘Trois’ and ‘Forbidden’ and with Theatre of the Damned in their productions of ‘Altar Boyz’ and ‘Chicago’. Tegan was also a Parallax Company dancer from 2013-2019 and still currently teaches Tap with them. Her choreography credits include: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ -Blunt Productions, ‘It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman and ‘If/Then– Theatre of the Damned and Aladdin Jnr with GSODA Junior players. Tegan also loves dressing up as a fairy and facilitating ballet programs for little people down the coast.

Enrol

For over 17 years our beautiful movement studio has been located in Newtown, Geelong; perfectly situated between the Barwon River and the café precinct of Pakington Street. In 2016 we also began offering classes in the gorgeous riverside town of Inverleigh. Recent events have reminded us of the value of a regular movement practice and the strength found in community. We look forward to welcoming you to our studio and sharing our unique holistic approach.

Classes

The studio offers regular weekly dance and yoga classes as well as special events and workshops throughout the year. The Loft has a  philosophy of supporting the development of dance and yoga in Geelong.