Charmene completed her Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2006. This included a semester at Purchase College, New York where she also worked with choreographer Karole Armitage performing with the Armitage Gone! Dance Company. During her time at WAAPA, she performed at the Hong Kong Dance Festival and received a scholarship to participate in the Taipeidea Intensive in Taiwan.
After graduating, Charmene joined Gavin Webber's company Dancenorth in Townsville for their Underground season. In 2007 she also received an Australia Council Skills and Development Grant for Young and Emerging Artists, which allowed her to work with numerous choreographers including Sue Healey and Tanja Liedtke. Working with director David Rosetzky and choreographer Lucy Guerin, Charmene danced and acted in the film/video art Think Of Yourself As Plural which was premiered at Sutton Gallery in Melbourne in 2008. Also in that year, she joined Tasdance Company for their Parenthesis season performing two works by Kate Denborough and Natalie Weir. More recently, she returned to work with Dancenorth for a successful two and half month Mobile States Performing Lines national tour of Underground.
Charmene first joined Chunky Move in 2007 for Mortal Engine, which was premiered at the Sydney Opera House in January 2008, and performed at the Edinburgh and Groningen Festivals in Scotland and the Netherlands.