Richmond Instructors

CHERIE RAFFERTY (MANAGER)

Cherie comes from a large family of dancers; 3 generations before her were Ballroom Dancing Instructors. Since she was a young girl Cherie has studied Ballet, Ballroom, Latin, Line Dancing, and then she was introduced to pole dancing and fell in love. She's danced around the country and also spent 6 months in Japan performing.

Cherie joined Pole Divas in 2005 and works both on the stage and behind the desk. Her passion and enthusiasm for pole dancing is contagious and she loves watching her new beginner students grow and develop into high level students. Cherie will always ensure everyone leaves her class with a smile on their face, sweat on their brow, and an addiction to pole in their heart! Cherie recently took time off the stage to have her new little baby girl Tia. Cherie is an example to all new mothers, as she hit Pole Power classes to lose all the baby weight and became a Yummy Mummy. She encourages all new mums to try pole dancing to get their post-baby bodies back.

    

Louise Landers

Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2016 - 2nd Runner Up, Paragon Professional Finalist 2015, Aerial All Stars Finalist 2014-2015, Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2011 - Winner, Miss Pole Dance Australia 2011/12 Sponsors Choice Award, Miss Pole Dance Australia Finalist 2008, 2010-2015,

Lou has been dancing for over 27 years in various different dance styles, but it was in 2006 that she found her love for pole dancing. From starting as a very beginner Lou is now teaching, competing, performing and judging all over the world.
Lou has a passion for dance that she wishes to pass on as many people as possible. Her personality shows through in her classes and up on stage, her style is unique and versatile. She dedicates every day of her life to pole and running her own business with pole products and merchandise. Lou has published her Pole Goals Diary and Journal for the last few years to help encourage and inspire pole people around the world. 
  
Lou is a proud ambassador for a range of companies in the pole industry such as BadKitty USA for PoleFit; X Pole Australia for their stainless poles; and Pole Physics Australia as an ambassador for sensitive skin.       


Hollie Sheehan

INBA Southern Cross Miss Fitness 30+ Champion 2014, Runner Up INBA Southern Cross Miss Fitness Novice 2014

Hollie is experienced in many forms of dance, and has competed at senior level in varying dance styles, from classical ballet to modern and funk. Stage experience and six years in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and fitness instructor means that Hollie brings to Pole Divas a professional edge and strong choreographic skills. She regularly performs at pole divas events and has represented the studio at a state level.
In Hollie’s opinion, there is nothing more incredible than being on stage! Yet another graduate from Pole Divas Prahran, Hollie enjoys working with students…watching them develop their confidence, fitness and dexterity.
Hollies’ enthusiasm and sense of fun are infectious. Seeing the smiles on students’ faces as their skills develop is testament to her success as an instructor, and consolidates her position as a key member of the Pole Divas team.



Gracie Buntine

Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2017, Miss Pole Dance Asia Pacific 2015/16, Aerial All Stars 1st Runner Up 2015, Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2014/15, Aerial All Stars Champion 2014, Miss Pole Dance Australia 1st Runner Up 2013/14, Miss Ink Victoria 2013

Gracie is a true dancer and throughout her career has been involved with dance on numerous levels. From ballet and jazz to hip hop and lyrical contemporary, Gracie’s dance background is broad and includes features in music videos and documentaries! Gracie fell in love with pole dancing after becoming a Pole Divas student. Gracie’s aim is to really help her students let go and feel super sexy, feminine and powerful! After a class with her, she’ll have any student looking at themselves in the mirror like ‘damn’!
Gracie is one of the pole dancing industry's rising stars who has won two pole championships in 2013 alone! Our resident Lyrical Gangsta sure knows how to create stand out performances...so join the queue to get into one of her classes! Gracie is an ambassador for X-Pole Australia and Pole Physics.


 

Anna Lemish

Miss Pole Dance Victoria Doubles Champion 2011/12

Since commencing classes as a student at Pole Divas, Anna quickly turned her lifelong love of dance and fitness into an obsession with pole dancing. From winning the advanced section of Pole Divas Unleashed competition in July 2006, Anna was a regular competitor in Miss Pole Dance Australia (Victorian Division), winning the doubles competition in 2011.
Recently returned from maternity leave, Anna is testament to the benefits that pole dancing can bring in terms of conditioning, positive body image and self confidence. A qualified personal trainer, she is dedicated to not only making her classes both cheeky and fun for new and longtime participants alike, but also ensuring correct technique and all over strengthening. Anna's aim is for all students to leave class feeling even more positive than when they walked in.


 
 

Angelique Cerminara

As a professional Latin and Ballroom dancer, Angelique has always had a passion for dance. This passion led her to choreograph an entire Latin show that was a hit in clubs across Melbourne, however when she was introduced to the pole during a hens night she new this would become her new passion!  Angelique loved the welcoming, friendly style of classes at Pole Divas and this spurred her on to complete the more advanced levels of pole dancing.
As a Pole Divas Instructor, Angelique uses her Latin coaching experience to make sure each girl she teaches feels welcome and comfortable and her strong background in dance means that you will never be left floundering! Angelique loves teaching at Pole Divas because she gets to share her passion for moving to music, she loves to watch her students grow in belief and ability! Angelique is coach to Pole All Star Gracie Buntine and has coached dancers from amateur competitions to national titles, including divisional winners of Unleashed. She teaches courses, classes and workshops, and is also available for pole coaching and private tuition.


 

Veronica Waite

Victorian Pole Championships Amateur Winner 2013, Australian Pole Championships Amateur 1st Runner Up 2013, Rising Stars Aerial Winner 2013, Victorian Pole Championships Professional 2nd Runner up 2014, Australian Pole Championships 'Best Trickster' Award 2014, Paragon International Pole Championships 2015 - Amateur 1st Runners Up, Victorian Pole Championships 2017 - 2nd Runner Up Professional

From the moment Veronica walked through the door for her first class at Pole Divas, it was love at first pole. She has now been pole dancing for over 3 years and has reached the highest levels of both static and spinning pole classes. Starting out as a shy student, Veronica has built up her confidence and is now a keen performer, competing for the first time on stage at Unleashed 2012 in the Elite category and more recently in national competitions.
Veronica believes that pole dancing is the best sport for confidence, fitness and of course fun! With her gymnastics background including a broad knowledge from coaching, she has a strong focus on lines, strength and flexibility.


 
 

Caroline

2015  - Sexy's Back Pole Competition (Presented by Peach Pole Studio) - Winner

Since the age of 4, Caroline has been involved in and has been very successful in a variety of sports including; Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Gymnastics, Athletics, Basketball, Sports Acrobatics, Yoga, and Professional Taekwondo Martial Arts.
 
It was after a long career of Taekwondo competition sparring which won her a Bronze Medal at the Taekwondo Commonwealth Games  that she decided to hang up her Black Belt, say good bye to her national squad and take on a new challenge…… Pole Dancing!
 
Since discovering Pole Dancing she has never looked back and loves that she is now able to combine and express all of her skills into the one art form and inspire and motivate others to find their true passions in life. Caroline is very passionate about pole dancing and she believes ‘pole is good for the soul’. Her main focus is on helping others achieve optimum health, happiness, pole goals and empowering and unleashing the woman within.
 
Shoe obsessed already with over 120 pairs and nick named Imelda Marcos by her family and friends, her shoe collection quickly grew into an even larger range with her new found love of pole dancing stilettos.  Caroline is now the proud Owner and Director of Bling It Heels. 

 


Hanne Grant

Originating in Womens Artistic Gymnastics, Hanne began training and performing aerials including flying trapeze, silks, aerial hoop, and static trapeze in her mid teens. From there, she toured extensively across Australia and New Zealand with Circus Quirkus, and finally settled down in Melbourne to pursue further training. Hanne discovered pole in 2009 at Pole Divas Prahran where she completed intermediate levels. After having a 3 year hiatus to complete her Bachelor of Circus Arts, she reconnected in 2013 and has since trained hard and began to achieve her own pole goals. Hanne is an experienced teacher who brings joy to her students and helps them to release their inner divas!

Hanne has a friendly and fun style and makes sure to teach this way in her classes! Hanne joined us as an Aerial Diva but soon fell in love with the pole for its complimentary style to aerial hoop.


 

Raelene Salo - Aerial Divas Instructor

Raelene is a True Aerial Diva, having started her aerial career as a student of Aerial Divas Richmond. Raelene fell in love with Aerial Hoop her hard work has led her to her new role an Aerial Divas Instructor! Raelene has a dance background, she started dancing over 10 years ago and her Calisthenics and Hip Hop background give her an awesome style in her classes!

Raelene recently competed in Aerial Unleashed and was commended on her beautiful performance and dance style. Classes with Raelene will get you dancing beautifully in and under the aerial hoop!


                 
 

Lauren Rui - Aerial Divas Instructor

Miss Pole Dance Victoria Finalist 2013 & 2014, Rising Stars Finalist - Pole Art 2013 & Circus Art 2015, Encore Performer - Doubles 2014, Victorian Pole Championships Finalists - Solo & Doubles 2014

Lauren’s love of pole dancing started back in 2006, and was followed by hoop in 2011 as one of Aerial Divas’ first students. Lauren has a strong background in music performance and loves to dance. She has an incredible stage presence and has competed regularly in both pole and aerial, working her way up from amateur to professional level competitions.
 
Lauren is proof that you don’t need a gymnastics or dance background to excel as a Pole and Aerial Diva. She loves nothing more than a studio full of smiling sweaty faces; watching students make friends, and come out of their shells in her classes.



 

Tarah Carey - Aerial Divas Instructor


Growing up in the small town of Maryborough, QLD, Tarah spent most days in a gymnastics leotard. Competing at a state level, Tarah continued training until Theatre Residency Week with QLD Theatre Co redirected her passions towards a career in the performing arts. She then went on to study a bachelor of acting at USQ after successfully auditioning in 2005. After graduating Tarah rekindled her love of lycra and began training with Vulcana Women's Circus in Brisbane. Since moving to Melbourne three years ago Tarah has been performing, writing and producing across both theatre and circus and formed the award winning circus-theatre company Gravity Dolls.  
 

Shannon Prickett - Aerial Divas Instructor

Shannon has trained in dance since a young age, attaining a Diploma of Classical and Performing Arts at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet.

Following an ankle injury, she went on to complete a health science degree and Pilates instructor qualifications, teaching fitness and Pilates since 2011. It was during this time she discovered aerial hoop, admiring the balance of grace and strength it involved.

After starting making her way through all the levels at Aerial Divas and competing in a few comps along the way, she is excited to teach at the studio where she fell in love with this apparatus.

Relevant achievements:
Rising All Stars Winner – Doubles 2017
Australian Aerial Awards – Lyra Performance of the Year 2016 (Doubles)
Aerial Unleashed – Doubles Winner 2016
 

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