Meet our instructors

Retrosweat All-Star Instructor and Founder Shannon Dooley
Retrosweat All-Star Instructor and Founder Shannon Dooley

Shannon Dooley

Founder

Shannon’s mother taught her everything she knows. After graduating from NIDA with a BA in 2007, she struggled desperately to find the treadmill alluring, a competitive dance class inviting or any type of traditional exercise inspiring. She looked to her heroes: Prince, Jane Fonda, Cher, Richard Simmons, David Bowie and Madonna and they told her what she must do: create a workout class that she would love to go to.

Retrosweat combines Shannon’s love of iconic and timeless pop music, vintage fashion and mission to make dance and movement accessible to and enjoyable for everybody. She is a storyteller, choreographer, singer, 1980s expert and certified fitness instructor who believes that working out must be fun and fabulous. Shannon loves using Retrosweat as a vehicle to take people on a theatrical and joyous time travelling journey through which they can forget their 21st century dilemmas, lose their inhibitions, resurrect their inner child and have a damn good time.

Favourite 1980s hit: Little Red Corvette by Prince Cocktail of Choice: Frozen Margarita Crimp or Curl: TEASE Favourite ‘80s Movie: Little Shop of Horrors and Labyrinth Shimmer Tights or bike Shorts: Shimmers all the way

Retrosweat All-Star Instructor Holly Sheils

Holly Sheils

All-Star Instructor

Holly is a ‘90s baby, but she certainly knows the feeling of dancing on the ceiling. She’s grown up on the classics from the ‘80s music legends like Prince, George Michael and David Bowie. Having trained from an very early age at Brent st dance academy in every movement style under the sun, Holly has a lifetime of dance performing and teaching experience under her high-waisted belt. Latin American dance is Holly's speciality and it shows during her retro workouts: expect a bit of hip action, cha cha cha's and Latin arms during her classes! Holly is a die-hard fan of ABBA, Madonna and Blondie and her playlists are nothing short of an entertainment extravaganza.

Favourite 1980s hit: I’m Still Standing by Elton John Cocktail of Choice: Aperol Spritz Crimp or Curl: Crimp (In a high ponytail!) Favourite ‘80s Movie: Footloose Shimmer Tights or bike Shorts: Bike Shorts, with a g string over the top!

Retrosweat All-Star Instructor Holly Sheils
Retrosweat All-Star Instructor Elouise Eftos
Retrosweat All-Star Instructor Elouise Eftos

Elouise Eftos

All-Star Instructor

Elouise is another one of our 90s babies but she’s well versed and mad about all things ‘80s! The big hair, the g string leotards & of course, the music. Growing up with her Mums love of George Michael, Spandau Ballet & INXS and her Dad’s love of Bowie & The Clash, Elouise’s playlists are always eclectic. By day (and nights when she’s not teaching) Elouise is an actor, stand up comedian, singer & dancer.

Training in ballet & jazz from a young age and picking up heels, hip hop and dancehall over the last ten years, she enjoys a challenge & learning new skills and styles. Elouise is a huge fan of Prince, Madonna & Chaka Khan so you can be sure her workouts will be hot, fun & very funky. Although she loves to crack jokes and keep you smiling in our workouts, you’ll definitely still feel the burn (laughing definitely helps tone those abs and smiling is scientifically proven to burn more calories!)

Favourite 1980s hit: Express Yourself by Madonna Cocktail of Choice: Aperol Spritz Crimp or Curl: Curl Favourite ‘80s Movie: Coming to America Shimmer Tights or bike Shorts: Shimmer Tights!

Retrosweat All-Star Instructor Emily

Emily

All-Star Instructor

At the time, she had recently graduated from NIDA’s Acting B.A. and was looking for a fun, creative outlet to distract her from the pressure of achieving her own dreams -ah, institutions! #Retrosweat magnified Emily’s self-confidence, in AND out of Lycra, and her natural style infused effortlessly with an 80s aesthetic. Since then, her Lycra collection has tripled in size and Emily has performed on stages and screens internationally.

You can catch her in the highly acclaimed TV series, Wentworth and in The Secrets She Keeps on Channel 10. Emily has always loved sharing joy and getting sweaty which is why she is proud to be a Retrosweat All-Star.

In Shannon’s words: ‘Emily is a ball of light. She’s not just an employee, she’s a comrade and wonderful friend. She’s always up for a dance party and puts equal amounts of kindness, sparkle, and sass into everything she does. She’s a strong, fearless leader. Especially in the aerobics room, and I love that she’s part of Team Retrosweat.

Favourite 1980s hit: Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But The Rent by Gwen Guthrie Cocktail of Choice: Tommy’s Margarita Crimp or Curl: Curl Favourite ‘80s Movie: Ghostbusters Shimmer Tights or bike Shorts: I love a bike short!

Retrosweat All-Star Instructor Emily
Retrosweat All-Star Instructor Kimberley
Retrosweat All-Star Instructor Kimberley

Kimberley

All-Star Instructor

Kimberley is a professional Actress, Princess and Retrosweat All-Star. Kimberley has been grapevine-ing since she was 10 years old - where she would attend aerobics classes with her mum.

Kimberley and Shannon have been close friends for many years and lived together while at studying at NIDA and afterwards. Shannon would often come home to Kimberley grapevine-ing and pony galloping to the Cher, Cindy Crawford and Jane Fonda’s original VHS workout tapes (owned by her mum from the 80’s) in the lounge room!

Kimberley has extensive experience as an actor and dancer and loves 5,6,7,8-ing her way around town! Kimberley joined the Retrosweat AllStar team after living in the wonderful neon lights of Los Angeles for many years, where she worked as an actor in film.

Favourite 1980s hit: Like a Prayer by Madonna Cocktail of Choice: A Fluffy Duck Mocktail Crimp or Curl: Curl Favourite ‘80s Movie: Mannequin Shimmer Tights or bike Shorts: Both

Retrosweat All-Star Instructor Kristina

Kristina

All-Star Instructor

Kristina is a Yogini and Musical Theatre aficionado. When she isn't dancing Fosse and teaching regular Retrosweat and Retroflow classes, she's expanding her mind through meditation, language and connection all in a bid to understand why we humans are the way we are. (If you have the answer, she's always keen for a chat!) Kristina believes movement is medicine and has spent many years finding creative ways to support the ever changing needs of her body and the bodies of her clients. This has taught her to adopt acceptance and love of the self, rather than the insatiable need to push in order to achieve some sort of external ideal.

Kristina loves killing two birds with one stone, so warms towards practises like Retrosweat, which have you ticking the boxes of about five fundamental human needs all at once! Ooh! - that really sings her song. She's a team player, curious, open and the first to admit her failures. She's keen to stand beside those who willingly admit that they have no idea where they are going, but are just doing their best.

Favourite 1980s hit: How Will I Know by Whitney Houston Cocktail of Choice: Margarita Crimp or Curl: Curl Favourite ‘80s Movie: Back to the Future Shimmer Tights or bike Shorts: Shimmer Tights

Retrosweat All-Star Instructor Kristina
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