Xtend Barre DC

Xtend Barre DC 1228 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, District of Columbia, 20001 USA

About the studio

Xtend Barre DC is located in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington DC. It is nestled in Blagden Alley which holds a ton of history and is currently undergoing quite a renaissance; it’s neighbors include Rogue 24, La Colombe Coffee and Wag Time. The studio is urban with graffiti-like signage, but chic and warm once inside. We look forward to meeting you at the barre!

Meet our instructors

Kelly Griffith

Kelly came to her first Pilates class in 2007, tired of her usual routine of cardio and weights at the gym. She was instantly hooked. Three years later, Kelly opened her own Pilates studio Fuel Pilates in Georgetown DC—fulfilling her dream of getting from out behind a computer and creating a space where people can challenge themselves physically and mentally, yet are still able to laugh and enjoy themselves. Kelly’s classes are energetic, fun, yet challenging. She’ll work you out hard while cheering you on. She’ll encourage you to push yourself and be a stronger version of yourself tomorrow. Kelly received her initial pilates mat certification from Power Pilates of New York City. She then completed the BASI Comprehensive Course (Body Arts and Science International) which qualifies her to teach mat, reformer, cadillac, chair and other apparatus. She also completed a pre/post-natal certification with Carolyne Anthony—the industry’s expert on the subject— from The Center of Women’s Fitness and BASI.

In September of 2010, Kelly brought the Xtend Barre method to Fuel Pilates & DC, and then added Xtend Barre DC in Novemeber of 2012. When Kelly is not working at the studio, she enjoys traveling with her husband. But, ironically, whenever she’s on the road, she tries to find pilates wherever she is. Over the years she’s done pilates at the Pilates Center of Boulder, Colorado, the home of Xtend Barre in Boca Raton, Florida, visited Xtend Barre Nashville, as well as Lake Tahoe, California, Aspen, Steamboat Springs, England, Spain, France and even Bermuda!

Catherine Fischer

Catherine first discovered Xtend Barre shortly after moving to DC in the summer of 2013. She fell in love with the unique combination of Pilates and dance Xtend offers with its accessibility to clients of all fitness backgrounds, challenging and energizing movements, and  precise technique. She has a B.A. in Dance from DeSales University, and while she is not at the Xtend “barre,” she is teaching dance in Beltsville and Greenbelt, as well as performing with the Philly based dance company, New Street Dance Group. Catherine hopes to meet you at the barre!

Hayley Jackson

Hayley discovered Xtend Barre classes at Fuel Pilates in 2011. She was immediately hooked and completed Xtend Barre and Mat Pilates instructor certifications the following year. Hayley loves the results of Xtend, which include increased flexibility, stamina, and strength, and she believes her students will too. She hopes that students will leave her classes feeling strong and confident!

Sharon Metz

Sharon is AFAA, BASI Pilates, and Xtend Barre certified. She became a group fitness instructor in spring 2009.  After taking Xtend classes at Fuel in 2010, Sharon was hooked. She thought, “Here is a workout that combines all aspects of exercise that I previously needed to take, or teach multiple classes to achieve!” Sharon promises a fun, yet challenging experience at the barre, and always encourages her students to push their limits.

Melissa Piskzub

Born and raised in Chicago, Melissa started tumbling at the age of 3. This early exposure to fitness and movement led her to seek a pilates certification in 2006. While pursuing her graduate studies at Georgetown University in 2010, Melissa discovered Xtend Barre and fell in love with the fusion of dance and pilates. She is both Xtend Barre and pilates mat certified. Additionally, Melissa is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and works in the Washington, DC area.

Sara Stekloff

Sara grew up taking ballet, tap, and jazz in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and later danced in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular as a Radio City Rockette for five years.  Her passion of dance led her to the fitness industry where she became a certified Pilates and Xtend Barre instructor.  She enjoys helping people stay fit and achieve their workout goals.

Christina K.

Christina fell in love with Xtend Barre in 2012 and has been hooked ever since. Her classes are high energy, fast paced and personal. She knows what each client needs to get them to the next level. She enjoys playing the best music and incorporating new choreography to keep her clients engaged.

Christina’s dance background includes performing as a teen in a traveling group “Dance Fusion,” at major events across the U.S. and she was a member of the USC and Villanova University dance teams. Her hobbies outside of barre and dance include eating, going out with friends in DC and traveling. She is originally from NJ and works in clinical research.

Grace D'Angelis

Recently a transplant from Boston, MA, Grace has always been drawn to activities surrounding health and fitness. As a collegiate athlete she looked for workouts that were fun, but also improved her game performance and made her feel good. While pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health, Grace discovered Xtend Barre and was instantly hooked. The combination of dance and pilates was just what this athlete ordered: a fun workout that improved her performance and made her feel good. Grace is Xtend Barre certified. Additionally, Grace is a personal health and wellness coach in the Washington, D.C. area.

Danielle Schuessler

As a Midwest native and D.C. transplant, Danielle has always enjoyed sports, fitness and nutrition.  It wasn’t until she tried Xtend Barre that she felt inspired to become a certified instructor.  She loves how Xtend combines cardio, strength, and balance to improve overall fitness, and she’s excited to help others improve their fitness, as well.  When she is not doing Xtend she spends her time trying local restaurants, exploring new neighborhoods on her bike, and working as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Erica Fortwengler

Erica comes to the Fuel Pilates team with a 20 plus year background in ballet and dance as a performer and choreographer. She loves Xtend Barre’s high energy combination of dance and pilates, and looks forward to motivating and challenging her clients with fun music and new choreography.

She holds a BA in Government from the College of William & Mary, and spent much of her time on campus dancing with the modern company, Orchesis. When she’s not at Fuel Pilates or in class at The Washington Ballet, Ercia spends her days working as the Director of Communications and Marketing for The Art League in Alexandria, VA.

Marti Jo Jackson

Marti discovered Xtend Barre in 2010 thanks to her daughter (and Xtend Barre instructor Hayley Jackson), as well as Kelly Griffith’s fabulous Fuel Pilates studio. Nearing the end of her career as a middle school principal, Marti found the perfect fitness method and studio with Xtend Barre at Fuel Pilates. Marti was hooked on this unique barre method after just a few challenging classes. And, with the encouragement of her daughter and Kelly, Marti achieved her lofty goal – certified Xtend Barre instructor. “I believe in this head to toe strength and aerobic fitness method. We have tons of fun Xtending ourselves in all directions! I can’t count the number of times I’ve been asked how I stay fit; it’s Xtend Barre. I’m eager to share this fabulous work out with my students!”

Melissa Murphy

Melissa started taking barre classes nearly three years ago in association with her fitness blog, Burn it Off D.C.  She fell in love with the Xtend methodology and now she’s a certified Xtend instructor. Melissa spent much of her youth in ballet and jazz dance classes, and was a competitive cheerleader and dance team member. Xtend allows her to share the passion for dance she’s had her entire life and with others.  She is an avid runner and completed the New York City Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon and dozens of half marathons. She believes that the full-body sculpt offered by Xtend is the perfect complement to running and recommends Xtend to runners for this reason.