Jaime Richmond - Principal
Jaime has been dancing since the age of 3. She obtained a Certificate III in dance from Tony Bartuccio's Dance and Performance Centre and she studied dance/drama at Deakin University. Jaime is an Associate in the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and a Member of the Southern Federation of Dance. Jaime performed professionally since the age of 17, dancing for the Melbourne Storm NRL team, the Victoria Giants, and also choreographed and danced for the South Dragons in the NBL. She has performed internationally with her own award winning Rock Eisteddfod creation. Since becoming a mother, she has retired from performing but has really sunken her teeth into teaching. She loves teaching kids of all ages from the pre-schoolers through to the elite seniors at Vibe. She has choreographed many National winning routines and also choreographed Vibe's first ever Pinnacle winning item. Jaime's passion has always been dance and performance, and her dream is to share this with others!
Paul Richmond - Director
Paul is the Director of Vibe Studios and can’t dance to save himself. He has 15 years sales and marketing experience in a variety of fast moving consumer goods businesses including, Carlton & United Breweries, Lion Dairy & Drinks and Peters Ice Cream. Paul has recently joined Vibe Studios on a full time basis, so Jaime can focus on what she does best, teach dance. He played a key role in turning the “MEGA” Studio dream into a reality. Paul has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Vibe Studios and he looks forward to serving you in the café.
Lauren has been dancing with Vibe since day 1. She began training in Jazz, Hip Hop and Cheerleading and later added Ballet and Contemporary. She became an assistant in her second year with Vibe and became a qualified USAF coach in 2009. She is now our Head Cheer Coach, a qualified Level 4 USAF Coach, qualified with the ADA at an Intermediate level and First Aid Certified. She has also completed SFD exams in Jazz and Ballet with excellent marks and is an accredited SFD Jazz instructor. Lauren believes in creating a positive, encouraging environment in which her students can grow and develop their skills, not only as an athlete, but also as a person. She is proud to have taken home two Grand Champion Banners last year, as well as coaching Vibe's first cheer team to win a bid at Pinnacle.
Amanda began dancing at the age of 4 and later joined Vibe in 2008. Here, she has been trained at a competitive level in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Pom and Cheerleading. In addition to this, she has completed up to level 8 in SFD Jazz exams. After assistant teaching with us for many years, Amanda began teaching with us in 2013. She is qualified with the ADA at an Intermediate level and with USASF at level 4. Amanda studied Primary Education at Deakin University and graduated with High Distinction in 2017. She has choreographed multiple State and National winning dance and cheer routines for our competitive students over the years. Fusing together her passion for dance and her passion as an academic educator makes Amanda an excellent staff member at Vibe Studios.
Claire began dancing at the age of 5 under the direction of Miranda Kalgovas and has studied many different styles of dance. As a student Claire was a Cecchetti Junior and Senior scholar and has completed her Advanced 2 examination as a dancer. Claire graduated from The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and later gained her Bachelor of Dance at VCA. sh also holds the following qualifications L.C.B.A - C.I.C.B Cecchetti Ballet Australia (Licentiate of Cecchetti Ballet International) Throughout her career Claire has had the opportunity to work with some of the best teachers and choreographers from Australia and overseas. With these experiences Claire brings an extensive knowledge of dance to her teaching and has had many students go onto successful careers in dance. She also holds the following qualification L(Dip).C.B.A-C.I.C.B Cecchetti Ballet Australia (Licentiate Diploma)
Carlo has has been dancing and teaching professionally in the arts of hip hop and break dancing for 20 years. Currently a member of Rhythm Faction crew and a mentor for Vibe's very own break dancing crew Ageless Style Crew or “A.S.K”. Carlo was influenced and mentored by the original creators of breakdancing and hip hop such as Bboy Poe 1 Style Elements Crew and Suga Pop from Electric boogaloos. His goal has always been to develop students knowledge and movement in not just the art, but the passion and love of dance. Carlo has also been a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance top 50 season 1 and season 2. He was a gold medalist in the 2000 XGAMES and has represented the Australian break dancing team against New Zealand in 2001.
Elise Rule has been dancing for over 20 years and is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and contemporary. Elise has completed SFD exams in jazz, tap and ballet and trained full-time at Patrick Studios Australia with some of Melbourne's best teachers. Elise has worked professionally at the Annual Crown Palladium Ball, Bollywood film "Me and Mrs Kana" and "Pink Goes Gaga" tribute shows. Elise began teaching dance in 2005 and had fast become one of Vibes most requested teachers! Now, Elise is known as Miss Rule at her day job as a primary school teacher!
Genna has been dancing since age 7, exploring different styles including Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballet. She had been a student and a teacher at Vibe Studios for more then 6 years, but has taught at various schools since the age of 19. She completed Cert 4 in Dance Teaching and Managament in 2008, and completed a Teaching Diploma with the SFD in 2012. Genna is excited to have her daughter Heidi dancing with the Vibe Tribe!
Jason is a Dancer, Choreographer & Creative Director. He is highly experienced in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip-hop and musical theatre. Jason launched his choreographic company in 2009 (www.jasonlaw.com) producing shows for Crown Casino, BMW, Jessica Mauboy, Elle Macpherson lingerie, Fashion+Aid, St Kilda Football Club and The Red Ball.
Jason choreographed Vibe's first ever item that was taken to USASF World Dance Competition in USA in 2017.
Ainsley has been dancing since the age of 5, training in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary & Hip-Hop. In 2002 she gained the Southern Federation of Dance (S.F.D) Jazz Teaching Diploma then went on to freelance teach before owning her own dance studio for 5 years, whilst studying a Diploma of Dance Teaching at Box Hill TAFE. Ainsley has guest taught at Primary and Secondary schools, choreographing a variety of routines for school productions, graduations, VCE and VET dance. Ainsley danced with the Victorian State Dancers performing in 2 state school spectacular performances (Melbourne Park), and a wide variety of functions for both government and private industry. Ainsley joined Vibe as a guest teacher for exam levels, and hasn’t left!
Nichola was introduced to dancing at the age of 7 years old. She is trained in ballet, contemporary and jazz and has very recently added hip hop to the mix. She started competitive dance in 2011 and has been a member of Vibe's competition teams ever since. Through the Southern Federation of Dance, Nichola has completed up to the Elementary level in classical exams, receiving honours with distinction and is currently studying Cecchetti. Nichola has also obtained a classical SFD teachers certificate and has a certificate 3 and 4 in fitness. Nichola began teaching in 2015 and has loved every minute of it.
Ebony has been dancing since she was 4 and later joined Vibe in 2009 where she was part of our senior dance troupe. Ebony is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop and musical theatre. Ebony has completed SFD and cecchetti exams in ballet, as well as SFD exams in tap and jazz and obtained Certificate 4 in Dance training fulltime at Patrick Studios Australia with some of Melbourne's best teachers. Ebony has worked professionally at the Annual Crown Palladium Ball, Regent Theatre, Royal Melbourne Show and in children's entertainment doing kids shows such as Despicable Me, Smurfs and Thomas the Tank Engine.
Anna started dancing at the age of 9 and began teaching in 2015. She received her Certificate IV in Dance and Diploma of Musical Theatre at Spectrum Dance full time performing arts. Anna has completed her SFD exams in Jazz and Ballet and is currently training in the styles of Jazz, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet, Hip Hop, Commercial, Partnering and Acro. Anna has performed at The Hope Ball, Ascend into the Darkness, The Australian Dance Festival, Shared Tables, Crown Palladium and The Palms at Crown. Anna also works for a children’s entertainment company called showtime attractions.
Meg has been dancing at Vibe Studios for 11 years and has trained in jazz, contemporary, hiphop, ballet and pointe. She has completed her SFD level 8 jazz exam and pre-elementary ballet exam. Meg was apart of Vibe's competition team from 2009 to 2017, she began assistant teaching in 2014 and teaching in 2016. She is currently studying her Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. Meg absolutely loves teaching and hopes to continue teaching at Vibe for many years to come!
Sena has been dancing for over 20 years. She trained classically in ballet, jazz/funk, contemporary and musical theatre while growing up. However, she found her love of hip hop while in high school and hasn't turned back since. Her professional work includes NBL Melbourne United Dancer, Australia's Got Talent, Everybody Dance Now, Disneyland, Universal Studios Los Angeles and Disney's Anybody Can Dance 2. In 2018, she attended the IASF World Dance Championships in Florida where she placed 4th with all-girl crew DE.3. Sena holds a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and is now completing a Bachelor of Media and Communication.
Gemma began dancing with Vibe in 2007. She has competed in both Cheer and Hip Hop troupes and now coaches them! Gemma was the 2012 Teen captain and began assisting with our Under 14 Fun Cheer team. Gemma began teaching in 2013, and gained her Level 3 USASF qualifications. She began studying biomedicine in 2015. Her confidence and joy for dance is infectious, and very easily passed on to her students. We like to call her "Party Girl" because she runs most of the birthday parties here at Vibe and she is the queen of making the birthday boy or girl have the best day ever!
Tahlia began cheerleading with Vibe in 2011, after training in gymnastics for 4 years. She began teaching at Vibe in 2016 and is USASF qualified to coach levels 1 and 2. Teaching is her passion, and she is currently undertaking a degree in primary teaching at Deakin University.
Therese is a self taught hip hop dancer originally and has been dancing for 7 years. Starting out late in life has made Therese more determined to grow and better herself as a teacher and choreographer. With her natural abilities, passion and understanding for hip hop and by learning from some of the best hip hop dancers in melbourne including Vibes very own John-Carlo Sorono and Demi from SYTYCD Australia, she has become confident and extremely capable. Therese has also dabbled in other styles of dance including whacking, dancehall, house and break dancing.
Mali has been at Vibe since 2011, beginning with pom and then starting cheerleading. Over the years, she has developed through the cheer levels and in 2016 was offered a place as an assistant coach at Vibe. Since then she has assisted multiple fun cheer classes, tumbling lessons, and a Grand Champion, Pinnacle bid winning cheerleading team. She has recently gained her qualification in Level 2 with the IASF, and is also level two first aid qualified. In 2018, Mali was offered to coach her own fun cheer team, and is loving every second of it. She cannot wait to learn many things from the kids, as it is in her beliefs that the children can teach and show her just as many things as she can teach and show them; that it is a reciprocal process.
Tayla started at Vibe in 2007. She has done hip hop, cheerleading, jazz, ballet, contemporary and tumbling over the years she has been at Vibe. She is currently a part of the Level 4 Grand Champion, Pinnacle bid winning team Anacondas. Tayla started assisting in 2017 with the Grand Champion, Pinnacle bid winning team Taipans. Recently she gained her Level 1 coaching credentials with IASF and is excited to progress her coaching ability in the future. Tayla was offered her first fun cheer class in 2018. She now teaches both competitive and fun cheer which she very much enjoys and she cant wait to teach fun and exciting routines to all her students!
Alex has been dancing ever since she was 4 years old and first came to Vibe in 2010. She became a part of the Open Shooting Stars and Lethal teams in 2017 and is still a part of them now. Alex is trained in jazz, contemporary/lyrical, ballet, hip hop and acro. She has completed her classical level 7 SFD exam and completed her first Cecchetti ballet exam in 2018, receiving honours in Grade 6. In early 2018, Alex danced in the Indefinite Dance Company’s contemporary show ‘Truth or Dare’ and also been a part of various performances with IDC including the Dance Writer Charity Gala and Masters of Choreography's ‘Shakespeare: Tragedies & Comedies’. Alex was recently a member of the winning team in the 2018 Grounded Battle of the Arts Next Gen Division. Alex has been assistant teaching since 2017 and is beyond excited to be living her dream of becoming a teacher in 2019!!
Amy has been dancing since she was 3 years old and came to Vibe in 2015. She began as a member of the Open Shooting Stars team, and in 2017, a member of Lethal. She is still dancing in both troupes now. Amy is trained in jazz, contemporary/lyrical, hip hop, tap, acro and has completed her Cecchetti examinations from Grades 1-6. She recently received Honours in her Grade 6 exam. In 2017, Amy was a member of our first team to compete at the Dance Worlds Championships in Orlando Florida, after receiving a bid to the competition at AASCF Nationals on the Gold Coast in 2016. Amy has performed at Grounded Battle of the Arts in the Next Gen divisions over the last two years and was a member of the 2018 Next Gen winning team. Amy has also completed her Cert 2 & 4 in Dance through VET. She has been an assistant teacher since 2016 and is so excited to teach on her own and hopes to continue it for many more years to come!
Danny started dancing with us at the age of 5 and has been with Vibe ever since. His first term of dance was a jazz class, but as soon as the term was over, Danny very quickly moved onto hip hop and fell in love with it immediately. He soon after started break dancing and other hip hop related styles and dabbles in tricking and tumbling. Danny has been in a number of competition teams at Vibe and is currently competing with our Open Hip Hop team Lethal. He began assistant teaching with us in 2017 and started teaching on his own in 2018.
Monique has been dancing since the age of 3 and later joined Vibe in 2015. She is trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz and hip hop. Monique has completed her SFD Level 7 and Pre-Elementary ballet exams since being at Vibe and is currently studying Intermediate Cecchetti with us. She was also a member of our 2018 Lethal hip hop troupe. Monique has been assistance teaching with us since 2016 and quickly realised that her passion is teaching. Outside of dance, she is a qualified swimming instructor. With the completion of her VCE in 2018, she will be going on to study Secondary Health and PE Teaching in 2019. Monique is beyond excited to join the Vibe team and hopes to continue teaching for many years to come!
Emily has been at Vibe since 2015 and started cheerleading in 2016. In 2018, she was offered a position as an assistant teacher and also gained her qualification in Level 1 with the IASF. In her final year of high school, Emily was one of three choreographers for her school’s production of ‘We a Will Rock You’. Emily is beyond excited to be teaching in 2019 and for the challenges it may bring.
Taylah has been dancing since she was 4 years old and started at Vibe in 2011. Through her years of dance, she’s done jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary/lyrical, pointe and acro. She first joined the competition teams in 2013 and is still competing with the Shooting Stars and hip hop troupe Lethal in 2019. During Taylah’s time at Vibe, she has also completed her SFD jazz certificate up to level 7 and her SFD ballet certificate up to Pre-elementary. She is now currently studying Intermediate Cecchetti with us. Taylah began assistant teaching in 2018 and her love and connection for teaching was formed straight away. She can’t wait to see what the following years ahead bring!
Shanae joined Vibe in 2008, beginning with a number of recreational dance styles including jazz, hip hop and ballet. She then started fun cheer and tumbling in 2011, progressing to competitive cheer in 2012. She has continued with competitive cheer every since. Shanae was also a part of the “Shooting Stars” dance program in 2016 and 2017, and during this time she completed her level 7 classical and level 6 jazz SFD exams. Shanae began assistant teaching in 2016, as part of completing her duke of Edinburgh award. She continued assistant teaching in 2017 and 2018, further developing her knowledge of coaching across a range of different dance styles as well as cheerleading. In 2019, Shanae is proud to be continuing level 4 cheerleading with the Anacondas and is extremely excited to begin living her dream of coaching! She loves the Vibe family and their infectious friendly nature and cannot wait to be a part of helping that grow!
Firdaus "Baus" Sabry
Baus has over 10 years of dance experience namely Breaking and Hip Hop. He belongs to Soul Higher crew (Malaysia) and is now also representing Melbourne's best Hip Hop dance crew The SuperHoodz. SuperHoodz is the official hip hop dance team for NBL's Melbourne United and JD's Sports Melbourne. They recently just ended their America tour working with Disney and Universal Studios in California. When Baus is not performing, he is conducting workshops in primary schools and universities throughout Victoria. Baus strives to empower the next generation of dancers to become the best version of themselves.
Steph first started dancing at the age of 5 and has been dancing at Vibe since 2010. She joined our troupe teams in 2016 and is trained in all styles - jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, ballet and acro. Steph has completed her SFD Level 7 ballet exam receiving Highly Commended and her Grade 6 Cecchetti ballet exam receiving Honours. In 2018, Steph was given the opportunity to be a choreographer in Gounded Ballte of the Arts next gen competition. She was crowned as the winner for her piece on unity. Steph has performed with Indefinite Dance Company in many shows such as 'Truth or Dare', Masters of Choreography 'Shakespeare Tradgedies VD Comedies', 'The Dance Writer' and 'Affix'. She performed in the 2018 Victorian State Schools Spectacular at Melbourne Arena as an Ensemble Dancer, and this year, is doing the same as a Principal Dancer. Steph is so grateful and excited to be able to turn her dream into a reality and become a teacher in 2019!
Jessica started dancing at the age of 4 in 2008 at Vibe. She has been trained in the following styles — contemporary, jazz, ballet, hip hop, musical theatre, pointe, tap, popping & locking, pom and cheerleading. Jessica has been a part of several dance company performances including Indefinite Dance Company’s ‘Truth or Dare’ and ‘Affix’. She has also performed in Masters of Choreography’s ‘The Ringmaster’ and ‘Shakespeare; Tragedies and Comedies’. Jessica was a part of Vibe’s first ever team to win a Pinnacle bid and a Worlds bid. She went to America to compete in the 2017 USASF World Championship with Vibe and took many dance classes at studios such as Millennium Dance Complex, Broadway Dance Centre and The Joffrey Ballet School. Jessica has a Certificate II in dance and is currently completing VCE Dance at Rowville Institute of the Arts. She has also had some experiences with choreographing. She choreographed a piece for Indefinite Dance Company’s ‘In Bloom’ called ‘Home’, as well as a piece for Grounded Battle of the Arts ‘Triumph of the Tribes’ with which she placed 4th. Jessica looks forward to teaching at Vibe and can’t wait to begin her teaching career.
Sandi Krischunas - Administration Manager
Sandi taught mainly preps and grade ones for approximately 20 years at Lilydale West Primary school. In 2004 when her daughter Jaime opened Vibe Studios, Sandi volunteered to take on the relatively easy task of handling invoices and paying the bills for Jaime.....something she did in her 'spare time'. A few years down the track, Vibe grew a bit bigger, so Sandi found a partner and started team-teaching (one week on, one week off) so that she had more time to devote to Vibe. A couple of years later, she retired from teaching and now works full time for Vibe as Administration/Accounts Manager. She loves her job and the Vibe 'family', and of course she loves that she works closely with Jaime, even if Jaime is now her boss!
Lisa Kerr - Administration
Lisa joined Vibe at the beginning of 2014 as a receptionist at our Bayswater factory. She is a qualified primary school teacher, spending the last 30 years teaching at various primary schools in the local area. Lisa is an original vibe mum enrolling her daughters Lauren and Sarah the day Vibe opened. She absolutely loves the family atmosphere at Vibe and enjoys watching the students reach their full potential. Lisa has completed her Level 2 First Aid training and works as our receptionist.