Our Team

Passionate about imparting their love for dance and cheer onto young dancers and cheerleaders within the Penrith region, the teachers at Excite Dance and Cheer are committed to ensuring each students experience is a positive one. Excite Dance and Cheer teachers are experienced, dedicated and qualified in the genres they teach providing your child with sound quality dance and cheer tuition.

Kerry Richardson
Principal Teacher

 - Most Memorable Dance Experience...

Leaving home at 19 to travel to Taiwan and live like the locals while performing at the Leofoo Village Theme Park for 5 months.  

- When I teach dance...

There is no other thrill than seeing a young dancers eyes light up when they finally master a skill.  It could be an aerial trick, pirouette, a cartwheel or skipping.  I am so lucky to be a part of so many firsts in our young dancer’s lives.

 

- In my spare time I love to...

Watch a great movie with a choc top or get creative and come up with new ideas and designs whether it is for dancing or my home.

 

- Favourite Quote...

"You can spend your life on anything, but you can only spend it once" - Jim Rohn

Evangeline Doust
Classical Ballet
RAD Registered Teacher

- Most memorable dance experience...
During my full-time year at ballet school, while performing my solo piece I received most promising competitor from PJ Clarke for the whole senior competition.
 

- When I teach dance...
I
t means everything to me to see the passion the dancers have for learning. If you have a passion for dance, there is never a limit to what you can achieve.

 
- In my spare time I love to...
Read books and take naps, or watch a movie whilst organising and cleaning.
 

- Favourite Quote...

"Don't practice until you get it right, practice until you can't get it wrong"

Maryanne Sultana
Tap

- Most Memorable Dance Experience...

Competing in the Australian Teachers of Dancing (A.T.O.D) Australasian Scholarships help in Queensland and receiving 1st place. It was my first major win and to be acknowledged amoungst the best Nationally was a huge honour.

 

- When I teach dance...

I get very excited to see the progress throughout the year from when a student first walks into class, then to competing and completing their examinations, then to see all the students with smiling faces and owning the stage at the end of year concert. It is such a privilege to see to witness.

 

- In my spare time...

I love baking cakes and sweets and decorating the cakes with my final touches.

 

- Favourite quote...

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion” - Martha Graham

Ashleigh Tavares 
Jazz

- Most Memorable Dance Experience...

Being apart of the top 20 on 'So You Think You Can Dance' Season 4 in 2014, was a challenging yet very rewarding experience which i am so grateful i got to be apart of

 

- When I teach dance...

I am so invested and passionate about my students and their growth, it is so exciting being apart of their journey!

- In my spare time I love to...

Travel, spend time with my family and friends and binge watch Greys Anatomy. 

- Favourite Quote...

"Follow your highest excitement!" 

Jake Murray
Tap

- Most memorable dance experience

Teaching an advance tap class at The Edge in LA

 

- When I teach dance...

I focus on progression and development.
I aim for my students to be better than last week... whilst having fun ;)

- In my spare time I love to...

Play with my nephew

- Favourite quote

"Your only competition is who you were yesterday"

Kim Iversen
Tumbling & Jazz

- Most memorable dance moment...

Performing my aerial hoop act for the first time on the ship Norwegian Dawn. Hanging 5 meters in the air praying not to be dropped by my partner.

 

- When I teach dance...

I love seeing the improvement from the beginning to the end of the year and thinking how proud and lucky I am to have an impact on a students life.

 

- In my spare time I love to...

What spare time?? Hehe... In my spare moments I love to train aerial.

 

- Favourite quote...

"Thanks to dance I now start everything with 5,6,7,8"

Brooke Bowne
Allstar Cheer

- Most Memorable Cheer Experience...

Competing at Nationals in the Level 6 Group Stunt division. We ended up competing at 1:30am in the morning and still managed to come away with the win!

- When I teach cheer...  

I love seeing the friendships and comradery amongst the teams that form over the year. Cheerleading is such an inclusive sport where every person makes such an impact on a routine so the teams naturally form such great bonds because of that. I love being a part of that, as well as helping the kids push themselves to achieve more than what they thought they could.

- In my spare time I love to...

Watch reality TV shows like Dance Moms, Cheer Squad and Cake Boss. I also love to cooking- especially pasta!

- Favourite Quote...

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose" - Dr Seuss

Emilia Brunetto
Jazz, Technique & Lyrical

- Most Memorable Dance Experience...

My most memorable dance experience was when I choreographed and performed a disco themed show for a corporate event at the star casino.  

- When I teach dance...

I love seeing the kids improve throughout the year, the end of year concert is always my favourite time of the year. Seeing how proud the kids are and their parents makes me feel so happy. 

 

- In my spare time I love to...

I love to go out with friends and family and go out to different places we’ve never been before. 

 

- Favourite Quote...

"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think" - Winnie the Pooh

Angela Sciacchitano
Hip Hop & Jazz 

- Most Memorable Dance Experience...

 In both 2011 and 2013 my Hip Hop crew won the Australian National Hip Hop Championships. Then travelling to Las Vegas to compete in the International World Hip Hop Championships representing Australia. This experience lead to being on Australia's Got Talent and learning more about show business! 

 

- When I teach dance...

Seeing our young dancers achieving their goals as well as learning important life skills such as team work and commitment is a feeling that never seems to fade. 

 

- In my spare time I love to...

Scroll through social media and catch up with my friends and family.

 

- Favourite Quote...

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow you've got to put up with the rain" - Dolly Parton

Kate Lazare
Tumbling

- Most Memorable Cheer Experience...

The most memorable moment for me was when I won gold at the NSW State gymnastics championship for floor and vault in level 7. Everything I had worked hard for throughout the year was all worth when I was standing at the top of the podium. Hard work and dedication certainly pays off!

 

- When I teach cheer...

I love the feeling my students get when they achieve a skill they have been working so hard to master. The joy and excitement on their faces shows me how much they love what they do and how hard they worked to achieve this skill.

 

- In my spare time I love to...

Jump on the trampoline! I think as I get older, I enjoy it more…Haha! I love the feeling when I am floating through the air, twisting and turning. It reminds me that if I put my mind to it, I can still achieve anything I want!

 

- Favourite Quote...

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’M POSSIBLE’!” - Audrey Hepburn

Jess Yates
Allstar Cheer & Dance

- Most Memorable Dance Experience...

My most memorable dance moment would have to be stepping on the stage and competing at the 2018 Dance World championships. This moment was so special and one I had dreamt about for years.  

 

- When I teach dance...

I feel inspired and very lucky to be sharing what I love with others. I enjoy seeing students overcome fears and push themselves to levels they never thought were possible. 

- In my spare time I love to...

I love going on adventures….. whether it may be going for a walk, camping or water sports. Other times I like to wind down by watching my favourite series on netflix.

- Favourite Quote...

"Don't just fly, soar" - Dumbo

Keira Wall
Tumbling & Allstar Cheer

- Most Memorable Cheer Experience...

When I finally landed my first full twist on the floor. It took a lot of drills, frustration and hard work. I was so excited to know that it all paid off.

 

- When I teach cheer...

I love being part of the kids progress towards a new skill. I love watching the journey and seeing how excited they are when they achieve something they have been working towards. It’s so rewarding as a coach.


- In my spare time I love to....

Spend time with my family and friends and relax by watching movies and tv shows.
 

- Favourite Quote...

“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being excited of what could go right” - Tony Robbins

Natalie Smith
Lyrical & Jazz

- Most Memorable Dance Experience...

Definitely Travelling for dance and taking different classes in new York and London.

 

- When I teach dance...

I love the feeling of making a difference and leaving a positive influence on the students. I also love being able to channel my creativity through choreography.

- In my spare time I love to...

Be creative, listen to music and choreograph to it. I like to Engage in cheerleading, explore and go on adventures while spending time with family and friends!

- Favourite Quote...

"Everything happens for a reason"

Imogen Van-Stolk
Hip Hop

- Most Memorable Dance Experience...

Performing in Packemin's production of 'Cats' alongside an incredibly talented cast and crew.

 

- When I teach dance...

I adore the positive energy generated in the studio formed by the passion, determination and enthusiasm of students striving to achieve their goals.


- In my spare time I love to...

Spend time with family and friends, creating life-long memories.
 

- Favourite Quote...

“You are what you do, not what you say you'll do"

Imogen Scully
CheerSport

- Most Memorable Cheer Experience...

Competing at The Summit in Orlando Florida and placing 3rd place out of 31 teams.

 

- When I teach cheer...

I love seeing the hard work and dedication that the students put into achieving a new skill. I love seeing how far students come and enjoy seeing the friendships that form on the cheer teams.

- In my spare time I love to...

Spend time with my friends and family as well as watch competition videos of American cheerleading teams like TGLC, SMOED, and Senior Elite.

- Favourite Quote...

"Stay patient and trust your journey" - Brian Ford

Shania Clark
CheerSport

- Most Memorable Cheer Experience...

My last performance with the Senior 2 team, it was the greatest feeling stepping out onto the mat with the most talented team of girls. I was proud to be a part of a team so strong and encouraging. I wouldn’t be where I am today without those girls pushing me to be my best.

 

- When I teach cheer...

I love seeing everyone’s face when they come into class, students always have stories about their day. I enjoy being a part of their development, seeing them grow in cheerleading and gaining new tumbling skills is always amazing to watch.


- In my spare time I love to...

Read! I love sitting outside in the sun with my two dogs Buddy and Georgie, with a cup of tea.

- Favourite Quote...

“CTRL-ALT-DEL, Control yourself, Alter your thinking and Delete Negativity”

Hayley Barnes
Little Dynamites

- Most Memorable Dance Experience...

When I received Honours with Distinction for my ballet exams.

 

- When I teach dance...

I love to see the faces of my dancers when they achieve their goals.

- In my spare time I love to...

Sleep, listen to music and cook.

- Favourite Quote...

"It always seems impossible until it's done" - Nelson Mandela

Christelle Boi
Little Dynamites

- Most Memorable Dance Experience...

Performing at Australian Dance Festival 2019. I had so much fun performing in such a huge event alongside so many incredible dancers and companies who have inspired me.

 

- When I teach dance...

I feel excited to see what the future holds for all students. Each and every week my dancer's come into class with new skills and ambition to learn more. This makes me feel so grateful and lucky.


- In my spare time I love to...

Draw and play the piano.
 

- Favourite Quote...

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort"

In addition to our regular teaching faculty we regularly hold workshops with leading industry choreographers and teachers within the industry.  

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