Don't you think I know that I have a hard time connecting to people, Noah?

— Richelle, recognizing her stand-offish nature, "It's All Fun and Games..."

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Richelle is an acro dancer on A-Troupe.[2] She is currently hospitalized.[3]

Richelle is initially a thriving J-Trouper whose greatest aspiration is to be the dance captain of A-Troupe.[4]

Richelle eventually makes it onto A-Troupe, more determined than ever, but loses the captaincy to Skylar.[5][6]

Richelle is made dance captain of TNS East[2] but loses the position after joining the newly merged A-Troupe.[1]


Before the show

Richelle did gymnastics, but started dancing when one of her friends did.[7]

Richelle joined J-Troupe.

Season 2

Richelle auditions for A-Troupe and makes it past the first cut, but does not make it onto the troupe.[8]

Richelle is outraged when she learns that she and the other current J-Troupers must re-audition for the troupe. She tries to persuade Kate to give the current dancer guaranteed spots to no avail. Richelle auditions and remains on the troupe.[7]

Richelle is mentored by Emily, who advises her on how to be a successful future dance captain.[4]

Richelle places seventh in a trio competition with Becca and Josh.[9]

Season 3

Richelle is envious of Noah when Kate gives him a chance to audition for A-Troupe over her, but is rejected when she questions Kate.[10]

When Emily can no longer dance, Richelle is given her spot in the dance battles.[10] Despite an exceptional solo, she is outmatched by her opponent, Max, and does not make it onto A-Troupe.[11] Though, her commendable performance causes Kate to promote her to B-Troupe.[12]

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Richelle thanks Emily for giving her the dance captain diary.

Richelle is given the dance captain diary by Emily, which she uses to gain as much knowledge as she can about holding the title.[13] When Giselle struggles with being dance captain, Richelle gives her the diary.[14]

Much to her chagrin, Richelle realizes that she has a crush on Noah. Richelle deems this problematic, since she believes that it will infringe upon her dancing and since Noah likes Abi.[15]

Richelle places first in a duet competition with Max. The victory prompts Phoebe's decision to have A-Troupers and B-Troupers perform duets with each other, for which Richelle is paired with Noah, much to her displeasure. Fortunately for her, having to spend time with Noah causes Richelle to realize that she no longer likes him.[16]

Upon A-Troupe's difficulty registering for Absolute Dance Internationals, Richelle is paired with Skylar to perform a duet to cleanse the studio. Richelle finds the idea ridiculous, but partakes in it nonetheless.[17]

Richelle is elated at A-Troupe's Internationals victory, which she watches online.[18]

Season 4

Richelle makes it onto A-Troupe.[5]

Richelle auditions for the Regionals qualifier with Michelle and Amanda. Her excellent performance causes her to replace Sloane in the winning trio.[19] At the competition, Richelle is irate when Noah fumbles during the routine, causing them not to qualify.[20]

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Richelle assures Amanda that Noah has always been a proud person.

Richelle is concerned for Noah when she discovers that he has to get back surgery, but assures him that he will get through it.[21] Richelle visits Noah in the hospital where she meets Amanda in the waiting room. After finding out Noah told Amanda to leave his room, Richelle she tells Amanda of how she did not want any of her friends to visit her in the hospital when she got her tonsils removed because she looked like a chipmunk, and claims that Noah is just a proud person.[22]

Richelle runs for the title of dance captain against Skylar and Amy. Although Richelle is determined to get the title, she loses out to Skylar. Despite losing, she is congratulatory of Skylar.[6]

Richelle offers Amanda and Amy to fill in for Michelle in the rehearsal of their trio for Regionals. When accused of being selfish by Michelle, Richelle assures Michelle that she is looking out for the studio way more than she is and tells her that she must give an equal amount of time to her solo and trio.[23]

Richelle is uncharacteristically nervous to perform the duet with Noah at Regionals but is given advice from Noah and is able to help the team qualify to the semi-finals.[24] She is disappointed when the team loses the competition.[25]

The Off Season

Richelle becomes the new J-Troupe teacher and is confused by Ozzy's awkwardness around her.[26] Richelle purchases a new pair of pointe shoes.[27]

Season 5

Richelle makes it onto A-Troupe[28] and is made dance captain, much to her excitement.[2] She is immediately wary of Lola's subsequent kindness toward her, believing it to be a means of sucking up to her for a featured spot in one of the routines. Although, after seeing Lola stand up for her and refuse a proposed solo, Richelle is willing to give their friendship a chance.[2]

Richelle is paired with Noah to compete at a duet competition and believes their rehearsal to be going well. She is therefore irate when Emily tells her that Noah believes she is having trouble connecting with him, not only because he didn't tell her himself, but because she and he both know she has trouble connecting with people.[29]

Richelle is elated when she helps TNS East win the dance battle against TNS West[30] and becomes especially impressed by newcomer, Elliot, who is temporarily her teammate.[31] She is furious upon her team being disallowed from competing at Regionals[32] and eventually joins the newly merged A-Troupe upon which the opportunity to compete returns.[33] Although, much to Richelle's fear, the creation of a merged team means that there can only be one dance captain; her plan to entice her teammates with promises of victory backfires and she loses her captaincy to Noah. Richelle is devastated at losing her position.[1]

When given the opportunity to compete against Zara and Jacquie for the female solo in the group routine, Richelle sees this as an opportunity for redemption. Although, much to her anger and disbelief, Zara gets the spot over her.[34] Richelle holds a subsequent grudge against Zara, stealing her idea for the new qualifier video routine, and ultimately gloating when Zara's hip-hop solo is replaced by a pointe solo for herself. During this time, Richelle finds out that she has snapping hip syndrome, but only tells Lola and forces her not to tell anybody else.[35]

Richelle is infuriated to find the shank of her pointe shoe broken and erroneously deems the perpetrator to be Zara, believing to to be an act of revenge. However, she is all the more hurt to discover that it is Lola who broke the shank of her shoe and refuses to be her friend any longer.[3]

Richelle continues to hide her injury and, upon Daniel's advice, merely reinforces her pointe shoe with duct tape. She ultimately dances in the video and performs her solo, but at a price; Richelle ends up hospitalized.[3]


Richelle initially appears as a confident keener. Her greatest ambition is to become the dance captain of A-Troupe and she is willing to do just about everything to achieve this dream. Richelle can be close-minded and wary of change, shown in how angry she is when the members of J-Troupe have to re-audition for their spots.[7] Despite her apparent conceit and bossiness, she struggles with certain tasks, such as: getting people's attention[4] and bargaining.[7] Richelle is willing to listen to others' advice if it will benefit her, as she deeply respects her superiors, but she still struggles with criticism.[36]

Richelle displays a large amount of envy when she has a crush on Noah, as she continuously gets jealous when she sees him interact with Abi. Richelle views her temporary crush on Noah as a hindrance rather than a normal emotion, even deeming infatuation as the reason A-Troupe loses dancers.[37] She genuinely cares about Noah nonetheless, although selfishly; she has stated that she wants Noah to be happy, but not with Abi.[15] Otherwise, Richelle is very much a lone wolf and has trouble connecting to people.[29] Richelle can be prissy, dramatic and judgmental, exemplified with how disgusted she is at Noah's habits.[38]

Richelle's determination and conceit reach all-time highs in preparation for her A-Troupe audition. She goes out of her way to display her expertise and revels in the intimidation of her peers that results from her dancing. But, since Richelle is obsessed with perfection, she is able to commend others on their successful dancing. In fact, Richelle can be quite empathetic and rarely harbours genuine ill-content; her greatest flaw, perhaps, is her inability to make her words reflect her mind-set.

Physical appearances


Richelle has fair skin and green eyes. Richelle initially has straight, dirty blonde hair, which is dyed brown for a dance season. Afterward, her hair reverts to blonde, but is noticeably thicker and longer.


While dancing, Richelle usually wears a sleeveless top and shorts.

Richelle's street wear is quite feminine, as she is usually seen in a dress or skirt.



Emily has claimed that Richelle is a technically amazing dancer, even better than Noah in some cases.[29]

  • Acro: Acro is Richelle's dominant style of which she is exceptionally proficient in.
  • Ballet: Richelle is proficient in ballet. She can perform fouettes on pointe and is selected to perform a pointe solo out of all the members of A-Troupe.[35]
  • Contemporary: Richelle is proficient in contemporary.
  • Hip-hop: Richelle is proficient at hip-hop. She is one of three dancers selected to vie for a hip-hop solo.[34]


Main article: Richelle/Relationships


Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

The Off Season

Season 5


Group dances


Group dances


Group dances


  • Richelle loves unboxing videos.[39]


Main article: Richelle/Quotes


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