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STAFF

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JAIME RICHMOND

Principal

Jaime's journey in the world of dance began at the age of 3, sparking a lifelong love affair with the arts. She honed her skills and passion, earning a Certificate III in dance from Tony Bartuccio's Dance and Performance Centre, and delving into the realms of dance and drama at Deakin University. Jaime's dedication to dance and teaching led her to become an Associate in the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and a Member of the Southern Federation of Dance.

 

While Jaime's early career saw her shine on professional stages, including performances for renowned sports teams like the Melbourne Storm NRL team and the Victoria Giants, her true calling emerged in teaching and choreography. Transitioning from performing to nurturing the next generation of dancers, Jaime found her purpose in guiding students of all ages, from preschoolers to elite seniors at Vibe Studios. Her choreographic talents have not gone unnoticed, with numerous National-winning routines bearing her creative touch.

 

In 2023, Jaime embarked on a new chapter by leading a jazz and lyrical team to the Dance Worlds, where they clinched 10th place in jazz, showcasing her prowess as a mentor and choreographer. Despite stepping away from the spotlight to embrace motherhood, Jaime's passion for dance and performance continues to burn brightly. Her dream remains unwavering - to inspire and share the transformative power of dance with others, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of her students.

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PAUL RICHMOND

Director

Paul is the Director of Vibe Studios and can’t dance to save himself.  He has 15 years of sales and marketing experience in a variety of fast-moving consumer goods businesses including, Carlton & United Breweries, Lion Dairy & Drinks, and Peters Ice Cream. He played a key role in turning the “MEGA” Studio dream into a reality. Paul has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Vibe Studios.

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LAUREN KERR

Lauren has been dancing with Vibe since Day 1 in 2005. She began training in jazz, lyrical, hip hop and cheerleading and later added ballet, pom & contemporary. She became an assistant in her second year with Vibe and became a qualified IASF coach in 2009. In 2012, she became our Head Cheer Coach, qualified at Level 6 with the IASF and also holds qualifications with ADA & SFD in jazz.

 

She is passionate about creating a positive, encouraging environment in which her students can grow and develop their skills, not only as athletes but also as people. Her heart and soul are at Vibe & she is always happy to help with any questions that might pop up.

 

She is proud to have taken home several Grand Champion Banners throughout her career, as well as a National Grand Champion for Vibe’s first Level 5 team in 2023. She is proud of the cheer program at Vibe that she has grown and developed over the last 15 years and is excited to continue this in future years.

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AMANDA HOWARD

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 her passion for dance and her passion as an academic educator makes Amanda an excellent staff member at Vibe Studios.

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NICHOLA THIEDEMAN

Nichola was introduced to dancing at the age of 7 years old. She is trained in many styles but ballet is definitely her passion. 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 has also obtained the SFD teachers certificate. Nichola is also Cecchetti trained, still working towards all her dancing exams but has received her first Cecchetti teaching certificate in early 2021. Nichola began teaching in 2015, she has taught from preschoolers right up to the senior age group covering many styles and started teaching troupe in 2020. Nichola is loving every minute of her teaching journey.

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CLAIRE FALLA

Claire, or ‘Miss Claire’ as she is known, is a highly regarded dance teacher with over 20 years of experience teaching Ballet, Pointe and Contemporary styles. She completed her secondary schooling at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and later gained a Bachelor of Dance at Melbourne University (VCA). Claire has completed her Cecchetti Ballet teacher training to the highest level of the system Fellowship F.C.B.A – C.I.C.B. She was recently selected as a Cecchetti Ballet examiner and is currently completing her examiner training with Cecchetti Ballet Australia.
Claire also holds the prestigious Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma Certificate.

 

Throughout her career, Claire has worked with some of the best teachers and choreographers from around the world. With these experiences, Claire brings an extensive knowledge of dance to her teaching and has had many students go on to successful careers in dance here in Australia and overseas.

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RODNEY BURNS

Rodney has been with us at Vibe for several years and has made a significant mark in the cheerleading world over the last decade. As a level 6 tumbling and stunting coach, he has over 15 years of experience coaching athletes of all ages. Rodney's athletic journey began with a black belt in MMA and a world champion title in Extreme Martial Arts at the World Cup in Sydney, where he excelled in Extreme weapons.

 

He also spent over five years coaching both women's and men's Artistic Gymnastics, including working with young athletes aiming for the Olympics. Rodney then moved into cheerleading, where his dedication and skill have led his teams to win more than 10 national championships and a first-place trophy at the Aloha competition in Hawaii. Rodney's diverse skills and commitment have greatly contributed to our community at Vibe.

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SENA TAWIA

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. In 2013 she travelled to the United States to live and study dance full-time at Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

 

Her professional work includes NBL Melbourne United Dancer, Australian Open, 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 her team. Sena holds a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and a Bachelor of Media and Communication. When she isn't teaching or training, she works as a photographer/videographer and content creator.

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TAYLA DONKER

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!

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ELISE RULE

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!

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KIM ADAM

Kim Adam has established herself as one of Australia's foremost dance choreographer, mentor and teacher. With an extensive portfolio of work that extends globally, Kim is always pushing the boundaries of the dance discipline and innovating in every performance, masterclass or workshop she is a part of.

Kim's unique ability as a storyteller has seen her work extensively throughout Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Her innate ability as a communicator sees her daily inspiring the next generation of Australian dancers. 

Kim Adam's ongoing professional performing credits span 15 years in the areas of film, television, music theatre and corporate performances: 

“Fire and Ice” Gasworks,‘Underground Events’ ’Golf Air Airlines’ ‘Wog Boy the Movie’ (Film Victoria) ‘Bad Eggs ‘(Film Victoria). Dance credits include Michael Ralphs “Now and Then”, Crown Casino “Shared Tables”, and Disney Live shows, The Footy Show Players Review, Countdown The Arena Spectacular.

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AINSLEY HEINRICH

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!

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EMILY ARTIS

Emily has been at Vibe since 2015 and started cheerleading in 2016. In 2018, she was offered a position as an assistant teacher and started coaching her own teams in 2019. Since then she has coached her teams to become National Champions and won multiple Grand Champion titles as a coach and as an athlete. She recently won Level 5 National Grand Champion with her team, Constrictors.

 

Outside of the gym, she has worked with high schools on their yearly productions, choreographing their shows. Emily has also just graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Criminology. Emily is IASF Level 3 qualified and is excited to continue to grow as a coach and take her skills to the next level.

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STEPH COXHILL

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 the styles of jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, pom, ballet and acro. She has completed her grade 6 and intermediate Cecchetti exams and had studied and trained 2 years of full-time dance at Patrick’s School of the Arts, and received her Certificate IV in Dance in 2021. In 2018, Steph was crowned as the winner for a piece she choreographed in the Grounded Battle of the Arts Next-Gen competition. She returned in 2019 and placed 3rd. Steph has also performed in many shows and performances with Indefinite Dance Company, a contemporary dance company directed by Casey Chellew including 'Truth or Dare', Masters of Choreography 'Shakespeare Tragedies VS Comedies', VDF, 'Affix', ‘Home’ and ‘All In’. She performed in the 2018 Victorian State Schools Spectacular at Melbourne Arena as an Ensemble Dancer, and in 2019 as a Principal Dancer. Steph became a teacher at Vibe in 2019, she loves sharing her passion for dance with her students and enjoys watching them grow and succeed!
 

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JESSICA DAISH

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.

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TAHLIA FARRELL

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.

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CHRISTINA CRACHI

Christina has been a student at Vibe since 2007 and has competed in Hip hop, Pom and cheerleading throughout the years. Currently, she is a part of the 2021 Level 3 Grand Champion team Black Mambas. Christina recently found her passion for teaching cheerleading, where she started assistant coaching in 2020, and tumble coaching in 2021. Christina also holds her Level 1 coaching credentials with IASF.

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HOLLIE WHEELER

Hollie has been at Vibe since 2015 and began competing in All-Star cheer at the beginning of 2016. She has been an assistant coach for the last 3 years and now teaches her own classes as an accredited Level 1 Cheer and Tumble coach. Vibe is one of her favourite places in the world and she thinks Vibe is an amazing place to be a part of.

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JENNA GLASCOTT

Jenna, originally from South Australia, discovered her love for dance at the young age of 7. She received training in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, and Contemporary styles. Eager to further her passion for dance after completing high school, Jenna pursued a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Dance) at The Centre of Performing Arts in Adelaide. Seeking to expand her expertise, Jenna then relocated to Melbourne where she studied at Dance World Studios in South Melbourne and earned a Diploma of Dance (Performance). She dedicated several years to teaching and assisting in the management of the dance school before returning to Adelaide.


Venturing into a new career in the fitness industry, Jenna obtained multiple certifications from the Australian Institute of Fitness and combined her knowledge from both fields to resume teaching. Jenna's love for teaching and dance led her to Vibe Studios, where she has been a dedicated member since discovering the studio when her second daughter was 3 years old!

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ELISHA BLOOD

Elisha began dancing at age 3, training in jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, musical theatre, tap and pom. She has completed full-time dance training with Robbert Sturrock and Part Time Industry course with Kelly Aykers.

 

Elisha has competed in USA IASF worlds 2018 placing 4th and NDA Allstars Nationals in 2017 placing 3rd. Elisha has continued her dancing career in shows/performances including “A Night With Tina”, NBL Melbourne Phoenix dance team, Melbourne Awards 2022,2019 ft Rob Mills, principal dancer in Victorian State School Spectacular and training at BDC in NYC. 

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AVA CORDINGLEY

Ava has been dancing since the age of 3 when she joined Vibe Studios in 2011. She has been a troupe team member since 2015, currently a member of Vibe’s elite Vega and Blazing Stars troupes. She is trained in jazz, lyrical, pom and ballet, completing all Cecchetti grade-level exams through the years.

 

Ava started the Dance Step assistant teaching program in 2022 and began her teaching career in 2024, she is excited to see where this journey will take her.

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EDEN PRITCHARD

Eden began dancing at the age of 3 and is trained in hip hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, tap, and pom, most of them at a competitive level. Alongside her passion for dance, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education. Eden has worked professionally with the South East Melbourne Phoenix NBL team as a dancer and has performed at various locations such as the Australian Open, Crown Casino and the Melbourne Arts Centre.

Eden is no stranger to the competitive dance world having performed and won many state and national titles in addition to numerous bids to the IASF World Dance Championships in Florida. Returning to Vibe as a former student, Eden is excited to share her passion as both a choreographer and educator. With aspirations to lead troupe classes in the future, she eagerly looks forward to continuing her journey at Vibe, nurturing the next generation of dancers with her unwavering dedication and boundless creativity.

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SANDI KRISCHUNAS

Administration/Accounts 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!

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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.

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