Richmond Instructors

Cherie (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.

 

Lou Landers

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.

Titles and Competitions
Miss Pole Dance Australia Finalist 2008,2010,2011 & 2012
Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2011 - 1st Place
Miss Pole Dance Australia 2011/12 - Sponsor’s Choice
FitX Pole Power Championship 2012 - 2nd Place
Australian Pole Fitness Championship 2012 - 3rd Place
   


Hollie Sheehan

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.

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

           



Gracie Buntine

International pole champion, 2 time national pole champion and 2 time state pole champion Gracie Buntine is a true dancer and has been involved in the dance industry for over 10 years on numerous levels.
After gaining Diplomas in Dance Technique and Performance Gracie travelled nationally and internationally as a dancer and choreographer.

Gracie is known for her technique, performance and intention as a pole dancer and is the 2012 Australian Pole Fitness Champion, 2013 Professional Victorian Pole Champion, 2013/14 1st runner up in Miss Pole Dance Victoria, Miss Pole Dance Victoria Champion 2014/15, 2013/14 1st runner up Miss Pole Dance Australia, Miss Ink Victoria 2013, Aerial All Stars Champion 2014 and 1st runner up Aerial All Star 2015 and the winner of Miss Pole Dance Asia Pacific 2015/16.

Gracie has been a featured pole performer in the californian International Pole Performer Showcase 2012 and 2013 and Girl Next Door in Los Angeles as well as international pole competitor Gracie is sponsored by X-Pole, Pole Divas, Pole Physics and Rawrrr Nutrition.

Gracie has had features in documentaries, magazines, chat shows and many other forms of media. Gracie has become a globally well known and respected performer and instructor within the pole industry after only a short time.

Titles and Competitions
Australian Pole Fitness Champion 2012
Victorian Professional Pole Champion 2013
Miss Pole Dance Victoria 1st runner up 2013/14
Miss Ink Victoria 2013
Miss Pole Dance Australia 1st Runner up 2013/14
Aerial All Stars Champion 2014
Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2014/15
Aerial All Stars 1st Runner up 2015
Miss Pole Dance Asia Pacific 2015/16
Pole Theatre Pole Art Professional Winner 2017
 


Anna

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

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

Veronica Waite began Pole Dancing back in 2009, falling in love with this apparatus immediately Pole Dancing opened up her world to Aerial Performing. From here she continued her aerial apparatus training and now instructs competition performers and students. Veronica is trained in Aerial hoop, Silks, Hammock, Trapeze, Sway Pole and Contortion. Veronica loves gaining new skills which is why her versatility and showmanship is recognized throughout the competition circuit. Veronica is a seasoned performer, entertainer and competitor.

Veronica is well known for her unique and entertaining performances. She loves pushing the boundaries for the love of performing and entertaining.

Titles and Competitions
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

 




Caroline

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.

Titles and Competitions
Sexy's Back Pole Competition (Presented by Peach Pole Studio) 2015 - Winner
Miss Pole Dance Victoria Finalist 2015, 2016
Miss Pole Dance Australia Finalist 2015
 


Hanne Grant - Aerial Divas Instructor

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

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.

Titles and Competitions
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

 
 


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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