About the studio

Xtend Barre Alexandria is conveniently located on Henderson Rd in the heart of Alexandria.

The studio enjoys a leafy aspect overlooking Australian Technology Park with easy access and plenty of parking available. We offer a fast-paced, 55-minute full body immersion that fuses dance, Pilates and sculpting exercises at the ballet barre to give you a chiseled body – and fast! 

By using a series of isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches, the Xtend Barre system sculpts the body proportionally so that all body parts are equally challenged. This total body workout serves to strengthen, lengthen, and stretch the body from top to bottom, from inside out. The end result is a long and lean physique… without added bulk. Developed from a dance / Pilates background, the Xtend Barre workout combines the amazing results of dance with the principles of strength and safety in Pilates. At Xtend Barre Alexandria we teach a multi-level, safe, fun and effective class that anyone can join and thrive in. No prior Pilates experience or dance training required. Meet you at the Barre!

Before Your First Class…

New clients must fill out their liability waiver form before their first class. Grippy socks are required. Feel free to bring your own or buy a pair from us. Don’t be late. If you’re more than 10 minutes late, we can’t let you into the class. No mobile phones permitted in the studio. Please inform your instructor if you are pre/post-natal or have any pre-existing medical conditions. If you need to cancel your reservation, please note your studio’s cancellation policy in order to avoid being charged a late fee. You may cancel online or by using the Xtend Barre app. Email and phone cancellations are not accepted.

A note from the studio owner…

Through our passion for Xtend Barre and Pilates we will help you to create positive changes in your body and your life.

Meet our instructors

Mel Firbank

Melanie’s experience is as a dancer and actress, having completed professional training both as a contemporary dancer at NZSD in Wellington and her Bachelor of Performing Arts in Acting at the prestigious Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School.
Melanie has worked in theatre, musical theatre and film locally and internationally across New Zealand, London, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Upon returning home to Sydney and taking Xtend Barre classes herself, Melanie knew that this was the next step in her career and completed her training the following year. Being completely in love with the Xtend Barre workout Melanie’s favourite thing about Xtend Barre is that it offers the ability to strengthen and sculpt your body, combining the musicality and creativity of dance in a fun and energetic setting that is open and supportive of every client.
Most importantly Melanie is the proud owner of Xtend Barre Alexandria and hopes to bring her love and passion of Xtend Barre to each of her classes.
When not in the studio, Melanie can be found hanging upside on an aerial hoop or aerial silks.

Ashleigh Gurnett

Ashleigh’s passion for dance and exercise led her to fall in love with Xtend Barre. After traveling the world performing for Princess and Norwegian Cruise Lines she is thrilled to say goodbye to her sea legs and teach the class she loves to take. She looks forward to bringing her technical jazz experience into the studio and can always promise a laugh or two as she works you out! Ashleigh’s dance training has led her to perform in two national tours with recording artist ‘Kanye West’ as well as a plethora of children’s shows in multiple countries including India and The Philippines. Ashleigh’s favorite part of instructing is nurturing her clients and watching their confidence and technique grow with each class. She looks forward to seeing you in the studio and promises to deliver the total body work out Xtend Barre is famous for!

Elaine O'Doherty

Elaine began dancing at age three in her hometown of Portsmouth in the UK, appearing in numerous stage and TV productions both in the UK and Europe. In 1999, she settled in Sydney with her husband and discovered AND fell in love with the Xtend Barre Workout! In 2012 she became a certified Pilates Instructor and continued on with her Xtend Barre qualifications.

Pheobe Jeurissen

Phoebe is a professional dancer, dance teacher and Xtend Barre fanatic from Auckland, New Zealand. In Auckland she completed her degree in Communications Studies at AUT, worked for leading dance companies such as Diamond Entertainment and Momentum Productions, performed with the Skycity Cheerteam and instructed at Xtend Barre Ponsonby and Studio 3. Phoebe is an experienced teacher and instructor and is passionate about Xtend Barre’s workout and the positive results it has had in not just her own life but also her clients.
Phoebe is thrilled to be instructing at Xtend Barre Alexandria and looks forward to meeting you at the barre.