About the studio

Xtend Barre Melbourne City is centrally located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD;

a stone’s throw away from Southern Cross station and a short walk from Flinders street station. 
Our studio fosters a strong community feel and encourages a holistic approach to health.

We pride ourselves on providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere; a sanctuary for our clients amid the hustle and bustle of the CBD.

a note from the studio owner…

At Xtend Barre Melbourne City we promote a positive environment where our clients feel comfortable while being motivated to reach their individual fitness goals. Our staff and instructors bring a wealth of experience to the studio in the areas of ballet and other dance genres, fitness, Pilates, and nutrition and are passionate about supporting each client through their health and fitness journey. We pride ourselves on fostering a strong community feel at the studio, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere; a sanctuary for our clients amid the hustle and bustle of the CBD. Whether you are a fitness junkie, haven’t exercised in years or are wanting to try a barre workout for the first time – come and join a class today and learn why we love Xtend Barre so much!

Meet our instructors

Mary Shaw

Mary first discovered Xtend Barre while visiting family in Perth in 2011. With a dance background spanning 20 years in jazz ballet and tap, Mary fell in love with the Xtend Barre workout, so much so that she decided to open the first free standing Xtend Barre studio in Victoria.  “I am so happy to be able to bring this amazing workout the Melbourne CBD. We have created a wonderful community at the studio, and love welcoming new clients into the world of Xtend” Mary has an academic background in Business and Psychology, with special interest in the areas of Behavior Change, Motivation and Post-natal health and wellbeing.

Rebecca Coates

Originally from England, Rebecca was a professional dancer for many years. Since graduating from London Studio Centre in the UK, her work has been extremely varied covering stage, TV, film, radio, cruise ships, corporate/fashion and events. Since taking the plunge and moving to Melbourne Rebecca has loved living and working Down Under, and relishes in her new role as Xtend Barre Studio Manager alongside teaching Xtend Barre to get her exercise and dance fix in one hit!

Bonnie Phillips

Bonnie has a strong background in classic ballet and contemporary dance, starting classes at just four years of age. During her time at university Bonnie studied Contemporary Dance, Specialised Technique and Dance Performance, and Choreographic Research and Performance whilst completing a Bachelor of Laws with Honours. Working as a Family Lawyer, Bonnie finds Xtend Barre to be the perfect way to unwind and achieve a full body workout whilst incorporating her love of dance and Pilates. Bonnie enjoys challenging her clients and is committed to helping them achieve their personal goals and become stronger, longer and leaner with every class.

Caroline Michie

Caroline has been dancing for 23 years and trained at The Ballet Theatre of Victoria. After a life changing 21kg weight loss, she decided to make a career change, getting out of corporate life and into all things health!! Caroline lives and breathes nutrition and is studying a Bachelor of Health Science Nutritional Medicine. Caroline has been an Xtend Barredevotee for 2 years and teaches at all four XtendBarre studios in Melbourne.

Soolin Ong-Tan

Trained in ballet, jazz and tap, Soolin has worked professionally in musical theatre including Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon, South Pacific, and The King and I. With the Breathe Certificate in Pilates (Mat and Reformer), Certificate IV in Fitness and Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance, Soolin uses an evidence-based approach to Pilates. This includes postural assessment, biomechanics, anatomy, personal training, matwork and reformer repertoire, and of course Xtend Barre!

Kiara Watkins

Kiara Watkins has always had a passion for dancing, acting and singing. She relocated to Melbourne to complete her Advanced Diploma of Dance.  Kiara discovered Xtend Barre. She fell in love with this full body workout, as it combines her love for dance and fitness. Kiara also teaches ballet, tap, modern and contemporary dance and is very excited to be able to share her love for Xtend Barre with our clients. There is no better feeling than passing on positive energy, and inspiring clients to reach their goals.

Sarah Camilleri

Sarah Camilleri passion for classical ballet began at an early age, training through the RAD syllabus and successfully completing all her examinations. Through this, she discovered and developed a love for Pilates…. “Before Pilates I had no concept of how vital core stability was for a dancer when performing, a strong core is the foundation to your movement”. Discovering the Xtend Barre workout gave me the best of both worlds.

Francesca Vocisano

Francesca Vocisano Originally from Perth, Francesca has always had a passion for dance, starting ballroom and latin at the age of 5. Francesca has a Bachelor degree in Contemporary Performance from ECU/WAAPA and has danced competitively, reaching many WA state and national finals in her level in Dancesport. Always having a keen interest in health and fitness, Francesca was drawn to the strong dance element of Xtend Barre and loves the full body workout and is very excited to be combining her passions of dance and fitness instructing Xtend Barre.

Leah Lim

Leah is passionate about her career in performing and Pilates as exercise, so what a better way to combine her love for both in instructing Xtend Barre. From her years of performing professionally in numerous musicals, she has learnt how important it is to keep fit and sees the huge benefits of combining dynamic dance elements and Pilates disciplines together in a fun workout. She strives to give a cardio filled, strengthening xtend barre workout in every class. Come join her at the barre.

Matt Hadji

Matt has grown up loving sport and fitness. Matt completed his PT qualification in London whilst working in finance. He specialises in TRX and body-weight fitness, and now trains in Melbourne, sharing his passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle with Xtenders. Matt focuses on core strength and development of lean muscle. He enjoys the challenge of working in both an office and a gym environment, and looks forward to meeting you at the Barre.

Marina Fox

Originally from Far North Queensland, Marina has spent the past eight years living and working as a professional dancer overseas. Marina trained in the RAD syllabus for classical ballet and is a BDA qualified tap and jazz teacher. Professional experience includes performing as a showgirl in “Oui J’adore” at Royal Palace in France, a season at The Venetian Macau and contracts as dance captain and company manager with several cruise lines. Marina is excited to be back in Australia and continuing her Xtend Barre journey as an instructor!

Julia Luby

Originally from country Victoria, Julia moved to Melbourne to undertake an Advanced Diploma of Dance at the Australian Conservatoire of Ballet. Having now moved on to studying visual arts, she wanted to find a way to continue to incorporate her love of dance and fitness into her life, and so she discovered Xtend Barre, falling in love with it immediately. Julia is excited to be able to share her love of the workout with other Xtend devotees, and to inspire and help them to achieve their personal fitness goals.

Emily Walker

Hailing from Scotland, Emily comes to Xtend Barre from a dance background. Having studied jazz, contemporary, ballet and tap in Edinburgh and gaining a BA(Hons) in Dance, she then furthered her professional training at London Contemporary Dance School.

Now settled in Australia, Emily fell in love with Xtend Barre after her first class. “It’s low-impact on my joints yet chisels muscles I never knew I had. I’m the strongest and fittest I’ve ever been!” Although new to the Melbourne studios, Emily has been living in Sydney’s northern beaches for the past six years and has been sculpting beach barre bodies there! She is also a freelance dance artist, choreographer and teacher.

Emily’s classes are fun and energetic. Her enthusiasm and love of Xtend Barre fills the studio and you can’t help but leave her classes smiling!

Martina Hardiman

Martina is originally from the UK and became addicted to Xtend Barre after being introduced to classes in Sydney.  After many years performing and competing in the Latin dance world, Martina quickly found that Xtend Barre is a perfect complement to her Latin dancing background – toning her muscles, strengthening her core, and generating better posture, alignment and balance.  Martina has instructed in Sydney and now joins the Melbourne team and she can’t wait to share her love and passion for Xtend Barre with you.