Andrea Robertson

Owner/ Xtend Barre & Yoga Instructor

Andrea is the owner of Xtend Barre Southside, Xtend Barre Eastside and Southside Clinic. Having trained in classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dance since the age of 3, and having danced professionally for 12 years, as well as being a qualified Osteopath since 2000, Andrea brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her Xtend Barre classes. Andrea’s dancing credits include soloist replacement at the Moulin Rouge in Paris; International Ballet in Son Amar, Spain; Carnival Cruises, USA, and many corporate, film and television credits through her agent in Sydney, Grayboy Entertainment. Andrea is a qualified Pilates instructor through Dance Medicine Australia, and is also an International Xtend Barre Teacher Trainer. She is also a qualified Yoga Teacher in the Purna Yoga style through Byron Yoga School. Andrea is a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative and is the author of the Xtend Barre 60 Day Challenge Manual. Andrea has also written a book ‘The Nutrition Detective Solution’ which can be purchased online at www.thenutritiondetectivesolution.com.au. She is also a student of Nutritional Medicine.

Paula Hobson

Senior Administrator and Xtend Barre Instructor

Paula has had a passion for dance since she was three years old. She has practiced many forms of dance from an early age including classical ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary. She pursued her dance education through her teens and early twenties graduating from Certificate III and IV in Dance Performance Studies from Australian Dance Vision. Originally from Brisbane, a friend encouraged her to try Xtend Barre and she was hooked from her first class. Upon moving to Adelaide in late 2016 Paula jumped at the opportunity to take up Xtend Barre in a new city and hasn’t looked back since. Paula loves the unique blend of ballet and Pilates and that no two classes are the same. She can’t wait to meet you at the barre.

As the Senior Administrator of Southside Clinic and Xtend Barre, Paula brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, from her degree in design, to her years of experience managing large retail teams.

Anna Tsirigotis

Xtend Barre & Pilates Instructor & Studio Management Team

Anna made her professional debut, Tap dancing at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, after which she graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (W.A.A.P.A.) with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre. She has worked throughout Australia, New Zealand and Europe as a performer and educator, and has a passion for health and fitness and helping others reach their goals. Despite participating in a wide variety of exercise disciplines all her life, it was Xtend Barre’s unique balance of music, movement and strengthening that captured Anna’s attention, and inspired her to train as an instructor. Xtend Barre fosters a friendly and communal atmosphere amongst both the instructors and participants, and Anna is grateful to be a part of that special environment at Adelaide’s Southside and Eastside studios.

Rebecca (Bec) Thiele

Xtend Barre Instructor

Bec is a qualified Physiotherapist as well as an Xtend Barre Instructor. Bec grew up on stage, dancing ballet in Norwood and participating in many state competitions, as well as performing as part of the Australian Girls’ Choir, in musical theatre, and touring in 2008 to France and England to perform as part of the 90th anniversary commemoration of the First World War. Stopping dance to focus on study, Bec always searched for a way to reconnect with dance, and then she found Xtend Barre! Bec’s favorite aspect of Xtend Barre is the way it combines graceful exercise with music to provide a workout that’s hard not to enjoy! She has found a way to combine her passion for dance, music and fitness, and loves being able to share this with others!

Jeni Watson

Xtend Barre, Pilates & Yoga Instructor

Having been a ballet lover and studied classical ballet for over 15 years, Jeni found Xtend barre in 2013 and it too was love at the first class. With a shared passion for clean eating and living each day to the fullest – Jen so enjoys sharing this with our clients.

Having danced as a child for 15 years , Xtend for Jen was like coming home. At a time in her life where achieving balance was an urgent priority, Xtend Barre has been, and is, a real passion for Jen … this has led to a career and lifestyle change that involves helping people find the joy in moving again in whatever way feels good.

2016 saw Jeni complete her Diploma of Clinical Pilates, Certificate 4 in Pilates and become a Registered 500hr Yoga Instructor with Byron Yoga.

Known in her previous career as an “all rounder” Jeni loves sharing her desire for all things Xtend, Pilates and Yoga and the beautiful benefits of all with our clients.

“I have never felt better, then when I see our clients walk out with a smile and lightness in their step… I love being part of that, it reinforces to me that I am certainly following my Dharma”.

 

Tessa Andrews

Xtend Barre Instructor

Tessa has been a dance enthusiast since the age of 5. She has practiced many forms of dance from an early age including classical ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary. Tessa studied Dance in Year 12 as part of her SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education) and has competed in numerous State Dance competitions, exams, concerts and performances. After high school, Tessa stopped dancing to focus on her studies. In 2007 she completed a double degree – Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Junior Primary/ Primary) – specialising in Primary French Teaching. After university, Tessa moved to France to teach English. Upon her return to Australia, Tessa decided on a career change and accepted a job as a Flight Attendant. Looking to return to dance, Tessa explored Salsa, Hip Hop and Pilates before finally coming across Xtend Barre. She has been hooked ever since and says, “It’s the perfect combination of dance flair and an all over body work-out.” Now, as an Instructor at Xtend Barre Southside, she can combine her passion for dance and teaching.

Leah Mitrovic

Xtend Barre Instructor

It was love even before her first class for Leah who had heard about xtend barre through a dance friend and just knew she was going to love everything about it, and she did. Leah grew up on the stage with Calisthenics being a huge part of her life for more than 20 years, competing successfully around Australia. Xtend Barre was the perfect replacement as it was a way to keep fit but still incorporate dance, music and friends into everyday. Leah also found the muscle strengthening benefits of xtend barre so beneficial having always lacked in core strength. “I love being surrounded by likeminded, passionate, inspiring people who encourage each other to be the best version of themselves that they can be. I am stronger than I’ve ever been and love being continuously challenged by the xtend barre workout and being able to share my passion with others.”

Hayley Johns

Xtend Barre Instructor

Hayley first tried Xtend Barre with only a vague idea what she was getting herself into… Although the aspects of dance were unfamiliar, she became hooked on Xtend after gaining increased strength, fitness and body awareness that she had never achieved before. Hayley has a strong interest in health, and has completed a Bachelor of Human Nutrition. Unsure about how to make her mark in improving the health of others, she jumped on the opportunity to become an instructor and work in such a positive environment.

“My favourite thing about Xtend Barre is the positivity associated with the classes and the movement. It’s a great way to improve the health of the body and the mind.”

Vanessa Newton

Xtend Barre Instructor

Vanessa has loved dancing since she was little, and this passion has followed over into her love of Xtend Barre. Her favourite aspects of Xtend Barre is the overall workout, for the body as well as the mind, to ever changing choreography and a fantastic beat!

Vanessa delights in seeing clients extend themselves to whatever their own personal goal is, and helping them along their journey. Building a positive and supportive class is something she feels is fundamental. Vanessa aims to help everyone have a fantastic time, regardless of the week they have had; helping her clients leave their class smiling, sweating and empowered… ready to take on the day!

Anna Ruediger

Xtend Barre Instructor

Anna was first introduced to Xtend Barre sometime in 2014, and has been an enthusiast ever since. Anna grew up loving music and dance, taking ballet as a young girl and playing piano since age 4. Since then, Anna has dabbled in various styles of dance including hip hop and musical theatre, and has continued to be involved in a range of musical pursuits. Never a real exercise lover, the combination of music, dance-inspired exercises and a hard-core workout is what made Anna fall in love with Xtend Barre.

“I absolutely love Xtend Barre! This holistic, safe workout is so fabulously inclusive – ideal for anyone of any age and fitness level. I love the way it can be safely modified to enable people recovering from injuries to still achieve a satisfying work out, and working to improve posture and strength!

When not at the Barre, Anna is a qualified Occupational Therapist, a youth leader, and loves spending time with family and friends.

Kristy De Poel

Xtend Barre Instructor

When Kristy discovered Xtend Barre she immediately knew she had found what she was looking for.

Growing up Kristy was an artistic gymnast until she was told that she was too tall for the sport. She then moved to rhythmic gymnastics where height wasn’t a concern. She loved that this sport included an element of ballet and went on to practise classical ballet alongside her training.

Since retiring from rhythmic gymnastics to focus on her education Kristy has practised yoga. This became her passion as well as running. In 2016 Kristy injured herself and has not been able to run since. Although she was able to continue with her yoga practise she really missed the cardio workout she had previously enjoyed when she ran.

Kristy discovered Xtend Barre following her injury and loved everything about the class. It gave her mind, body and soul everything that she needed and wanted. Kristy loves that in every Xtend Barre class her heart rate rises, all muscles in her body are burning and she knows that her body has been toned and lengthened with a low impact workout.

It was this love that lead Kristy to complete her training to be an Xtend Barre instructor in February 2017. Instructing Xtend Barre compliments Kristy’s life as a mum to Zara and Maxwell and also her work as a Mortgage Broker and business owner.

Liz Whitmore

Xtend Barre Instructor

Liz first tried Xtend Barre whilst looking for a new exercise regime to improve strength and flexibility and help her recover from old netball injuries. Having never been a ballerina she was nervous about trying it but need not have worried… “after my first class I absolutely fell in love and have not looked back”.

Liz is also a Medical Doctor working in Emergency Medicine. One of her passions is helping people to improve their health and she sees sharing Xtend Barre and encouraging people to exercise as another important way to achieve that. “Xtend Barre is an amazing experience, it allows people from all fitness backgrounds to come together and exercise at their own level in a fun and very supportive environment. I can’t wait to share it with as many people as I can”.

Jesse Moore

Xtend Barre Instructor

Jesse is an Adelaide based dancer who has studied contemporary dance at Adelaide College of the Arts leading her to gain the qualification of Bachelor of Creative Arts in Dance. Prior to this Jesse trained in various styles and had a strong passion for performing. Her teaching abilities grew from her enthusiastic nature and from the love of teaching others. Xtend Barre sparked Jesse’s interest in her final year of study when she took part in work experience at Southside.

Also in her final year of study Jesse was given the opportunity to work with Shaun Parker & Company performing an exert from his 2014 piece Am I.

Jesse has also had the opportunity to spend time with Expression Dance Company, Sydney Dance Company and Australian Dance Theatre Company.

Prem Chawla

Xtend Barre Instructor

Prem booked into a free trial xtend class after seeing it on TV years ago. After the first class, she knew it was the exercise solution she needed. Xtend combines strength, cardio, dance and stretch all in one class. At that point she was struggling to fit all those aspects of fitness in to her routine and this was it! Having always loved and admired ballerinas, it made her strive harder to improve her techniques and train as an instructor.

Xtend Barre kept her fitness regime going throughout her pregnancy, and helped her gain back her strength and endurance postnatal. Prem loves sharing her love of Xtend Barre with the clients at Southside and Eastside.

Jayne Rossiter

Xtend Barre Instructor

Jayne is a physiotherapist who has also completed a degree in human movement at the University of South Australia. Since her university studies she has been trained in both Pilates and Xtend Barre which she enjoys participating in and teaching. Her dance experience includes over ten years of classical training following the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examination syllabus through to the advanced grades. She has also had experience in, and enjoys, contemporary and jazz styles. She is very happy to be a part of the Xtend Barre Southside team.

Jayne is currently one of our amazing team of guest instructors.

Tahnee Marotti

Petites Instructor

Tahnee began dancing at 3 years and has never stopped! She trained in all facets of dance and later gained teaching qualifications through the Commonwealth Society Teachers of Dancing  (C.S.T.D.), where she developed a love and passion for teaching. Tahnee has also recently completed a bachelor of applied science (health and human movement) at UNISA. In addition to teaching our Petites class at Southside Xtend Barre, Tahnee is the owner of dance studio, Body 2 Star, based in Angaston.

Tahnee loves to teach our Petites; it is a gift and a privilege for her to have the opportunity to share her passion for dance with others.

Belinda Freckleton

Yoga Instructor

Belinda’s love for yoga started over a decade ago when her mother bought her a yoga DVD to practice with at home to combat the stress of school exam. Yoga wasn’t mainstream at the time but that didn’t deter her from further inquiry. She was instantly inspired and found a sense of grounding every time she set foot on the mat. What started out as a physical practice turned into much more, the depth and history drew her in.

Having trained in Hatha Yoga with Yogi Hari at his ashram in Florida (200HR Teacher Training) and Yin Yoga with Jo Phee, her classes blend the sense of connection to the body through a mindful heartfelt practice. She continues to draw inspiration for her teaching from her willingness to continually learn more along with her love of being outdoors in nature.

Belinda believes that the practice of yoga (not just through asana) can lead to wonderful transformations on all levels. The practice not only helps general wellbeing, it helps you believe in yourself, your instinct and allows the light to shine from within.

Her teaching is compassionate, understanding and straight from the heart. With an aim for clients to leave each session feeling more centered and able to tackle whatever life throws their way.

Roz Hill

Yoga Instructor

Bio coming soon…

Anna Vogelzang

Yoga Instructor

Anna is fascinated by the human body and wellness and wants to bring the joy of movement to her students! She holds a Diploma of Clinical Pilates and Certificate IV in Pilates, both through Breathe Education. Anna is also a qualified yoga teacher through the Byron Yoga Centre. On top of this, she is currently studying a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at UniSA. Obviously, Anna loves to learn! She never intends to stop and continuously seeks more knowledge, whether it’s formal or informal learning.

“I love to create that ‘Aha!!’ moment when people have a little epiphany about their body.” Anna does this by empowering people with information and a sense of control over their bodies. Anna aims to spread the joy and knowledge of the benefits of exercise. These benefits are not limited to physical but are also psychological.

Find Anna in the Pilates or Yoga studio, she’d love to meet you!

 

Kim Szeto

Pilates Instructor

Kim started practicing Pilates regularly in 2014 to manage back pain. The results were almost instantaneous, and she hasn’t looked back since. Growing up playing a number of different sports, Kim fell in love with the world of movement and fitness after finishing high school. She has dabbled in various training modalities, having found a keen interest in running, weightlifting, yoga and of course Pilates. Pilates has transformed her understanding of her own body and been a major support for whatever physical endeavours she has pursued.

Kim is also studying Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of South Australia and has experience in personal training, bringing much of her education and experiences to her teaching. It is her belief that the right type of movement and exercise can heal the body and mind as well as enhance physical performance. Through teaching Pilates, Kim hopes to help people have a positive experience within their own body – managing pain, improving physical ability, developing body awareness and taking responsibility for their health.

Kim has completed both her Cert IV in Pilates and also her Diploma of Clinical Pilates both through Breathe Education.

Sophia Hellyer

Xtend Barre Instructor

Sophia started going to Xtend Barre when Andrea first opened the Southside studio and immediately fell in love with everything about it! So when the opportunity to become and instructor came along she jumped on it! The fact that it is such an enjoyable workout to upbeat music (which she often finds herself singing along to) and combines Pilates and ballet techniques was a perfect way to reconnect with dance. Sophia grew up in Tasmania where she did all forms of dance including competitions, musicals and RAD ballet examinations right through to Advanced two. She has completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Corporate Finance) and Bachelor of Economics at The University of Adelaide, and she loves teaching Xtend Barre as a way to combine her passion for dance and an enjoyable, enthusiastic class for clients!

Sophia is currently a guest instructor who you may spot on the timetable from time to time.

Ashleigh Hauschild

Xtend Barre Instructor

Ashleigh as a young girl was interested in sport and playing with her two older brothers. At the age of eight, having become a complete tomboy, her mother enrolled her in dance lessons to build grace and femininity. It was then that she grew a passion for performing arts and has been performing ever since. Ashleigh has travelled all over the country performing in shows such as Spring Awakening, Hello Dolly, Hansel & Gretel with The State Opera of South Australia, Cinderella with the Victorian Opera, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the recent AUS/NZ tour of CATS. Through the demands of dance, Ashleigh discovered the benefits of Yoga, Pilates and Xtend Barre. She found it extremely beneficial for improving strength, flexibility, toning and injury prevention. This led to her completing her Mat Pilates Certificate and Xtend Barre Certificate in 2013. She now loves to combine teaching Xtend Barre and Pilates with her career in Musical Theatre.

We are very lucky to have Ash as a special guest instructor whenever she is back in Adelaide, keep an eye out on the timetable for her.