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 2011
Miss Pole Dance Australia 2011/12 Sponsors Choice Award
Miss Pole Dance Australia Finalist 2008, 2010-2012
International Pole Dancing Masters Cup Finalist 2012
Victorian Pole Championship Finalist 2013
Third place Australian Pole Fitness Championships 2012


Lou has been dancing for over 20 years...and as you can see, has won some incredible titles in her time! In her early days Lou trained as an aerobics fitness instructor as well as working as a dance teacher in a range of styles for the last 10 years.

Lou is an amazing pole dancer who is known nationally and Internationally as a Pole Star! With so much experience under her belt, its no-one Lou has such a fan following around the world. As an instructor, performer, judge, coach and student herself, Lou will make sure you get the most from her classes no matter what your goal. Lou lives by her motto 'Love Life and Pole Dance'. For Lou Landers updates and touring information go to www.loulanders.com.au


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.


GRACIE BUNTINE

1st Runner Up Miss Pole Dance Victoria 2014
Australian Pole Fitness Champion 2013
Victorian Professional Pole Champion 2013
Miss Ink 2013
Australian Capital Pole Championship Finalist 2012


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!            


 

Lauren Runge (MISS HUNTER)

Miss Dreamgirl Victoria 2014
Miss Nude Hobart 2014
Miss Nude Australia's Hottest New Talent 2014
Miss Nude Australia Top 8 Finalist 2014

Miss Nude Melbourne 2007
Miss Striptease Melbourne 2007-2009

Lauren has been a Showgirl all her life…literally!  One of our most flamboyant Divas, Lauren has always loved to perform and takes the opportunity to do so whenever she can. At a young age she loved to perform and was always looking for an audience, forever demanding her parents to watch her latest 'routines'! All this experience paid off when Lauren became a featured Showgirl at some of Melbourne's most famous gentleman's clubs. Her high energy, high intensity shows helped her to win titles such as Miss Nude Australia 07 and Miss Striptease Australia 08.

As a personal trainer, Lauren specialized in exotic fitness and body transformation, knowing as well as anybody the importance of a fun and engaging fitness routine. Lauren sees pole dancing at Pole Divas as an amazing way to get fit whilst having fun and feeling super sexy, something everyone can get involved in to feel good about themselves. You are sure to release your inner Showgirl in one of Lauren's classes!




Anna Longley

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.

 

Veronica Waite

Victorian Amateur Pole Champion 2013

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.

 

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