Julia Keast – Owner/Instructor
Julia began her professional dancing career at the age of 16. She traveled all over the world working as a dancer and performing artist and enjoyed career highlights such as Principal Dancer at the Moulin Rouge and Principal Dancer and host for a number of Italian television shows and musical theatre productions.
After nearly 9 years abroad she returned to Australia where she was able to continue her career on home soil, performing in a number of top Aussie musicals including Guys and Dolls and Candyman. During this time she began her studies in health and wellbeing disciplines and hasn’t stopped since!
Julia is a qualified Stott Pilates instructor, holds a Diploma of Remedial Massage, is an Xtend Barre instructor and Instructor Trainer, has completed a Certificate in Nutrition, is a certified Intrafitt™ coach (personalized nutrition and exercise programs) and is currently enrolled and studying for the Certificate IV in Fitness.
In May 2013 Julia gave birth to her second son and believes that Xtend Barre was a major reason for her fast labor and recovery. She is passionate about the benefits of the Xtend Barre sessions for women and men of all ages and fitness backgrounds and loves the way the Xtend Barre workout complements her holistic approach to fitness, health and wellbeing.
Andrew Aroustian - Owner/Instructor
Andrew has studied dance all his life and he enjoyed a very successful career as a performing artist. His professional experiences have included; featured dancer in Baz Lurhman's film "Moulin Rouge", four years performing the soloist role at Moulin Rouge and Lido de Paris (Paris), various roles in major musical theatre productions in Paris and Australia and he also toured the world as a dancer on the most prestigious American cruise lines.
Upon his return to Australia Andrew discovered the benefits of Pilates. He experienced the rehabilitative effect of Pilates on his own previous injuries, which inspired him to become a qualified STOTT Pilates Matwork and Reformer instructor. Andrew specializes in Reformer technique and has helped many clients to achieve new levels of physical wellbeing through his detailed response to individual needs. He is skilled and experienced in working with clients from varied age groups and ability levels. Andrew has been a sought after instructor at many well-respected Sydney based Pilates studios.
Andrew has continued his professional development by completing Xtend Barre training. Xtend Barre is a workout that delivers not only the form and strength of Pilates, but also the grace, poise and cardio challenge found in dance. Andrew's passion for Xtend Barre instructing is fuelled by the clients he teaches; in watching them develop the lean, strong bodies that Xtend Barre promotes like no other format. Andrew is thrilled to be joining his business partner and dear friend Julia Keast in welcoming you to Xtend Barre Alexandria.
Chloe Dallimore- Instructor
ATraining in classical ballet from an early age, a severe arm injury whilst studying dance performance in London, led Chloe to The Pilates Method.
Her own rehabilitation via The Pilates Method inspired her to commence training as an instructor with Alan Heardman in London. Upon returning to Australia, Chloe continued her instructor training with Alan Menezes at Pilates Australasia, and has worked for over 15 years as a Pilates instructor.
Chloe ran the Pilates division of Integrated Life Solutions Gym in Melbourne’s CBD before creating her own business Head Over Heals, which provides personalised home- visit Pilates solutions.
She is highly trained in all manner of Pilates apparatus and has added Xtend Barre to her repertoire, for those clients wanting to add a cardio element to their Pilates training. Chloe is also an Xtend Barre Teacher Trainer. Chloe works with all manner of clients, from 10 years old to 92 years young...as her 92 year young client once said, “If you don’t move it, you lose it!”.
Elaine O'Doherty - Instructor
Elaine began dancing aged 3 in her hometown of Portsmouth in the UK, studying most forms of dance including ballet, tap, modern, jazz and competitive disco and rock n roll. Having appeared in numerous stage and TV productions both in the UK and Europe, Elaine hung up her dancing shoes in 1999 to travel the world with her husband. Having settled in Sydney Elaine soon discovered and fell in love with the Xtend Barre Workout. Gaining her pilates certification in 2012 and becoming a certified Xtend Barre instructor soon after. Elaine wants to share her passion and enthusiasm for this incredible workout and endeavors to make each and every class challenging and fun. See you at the Barre!
Matthew Harris - Instructor
Matthew comes from the UK and fell in love with dance and movement at the tender age of four. He trained for five years at the Royal Ballet School, London followed by a diploma in Musical theatre at The Arts Educational Schools , London. He went on to a successful career in musicals, TV and cabaret all over the world that has spanned over 21 years.
Career highlights include performing in the Musicals “Chess”, “La Cage aux Folles” and “Moby!” In Cabaret Matthew has worked at the world Famous “ Moulin Rouge”, “The Talk of London”, “Royal Palace” and “Scala” In Madrid Spain. He has also performed on the high seas for Royal Caribbean, Costa and Carnival cruise lines. Matthew has danced in numerous pantomimes, trade shows and on many TV variety shows. He has been lucky enough to dance for the Queen on several occasions.
Matthew is also a qualified massage therapist. Injury led Matthew to pilates and while studying this he discovered Xtend Barre and fell in love with this amazing workout. He is dedicated to help you achieve your fitness goals through this exciting class that will constantly challenge you and looks forward to meeting you at a barre very soon.
Stacey Rigney - Instructor
Stacey started Classical Ballet at age 3 when she begged her mother for a pair of ballet shoes. As a teenager she aspired to be a professional dancer, completing up to Advanced II in the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and was also a Junior Interstate Member of the Australian Ballet School. It was during these years Stacey first discovered Pilates; the focus on core stability and flexibility enhanced her performances and allowed to her to train daily without injury. Stacey later traded in her pointe shoes for a calculator in order to become a Biomedical Engineer, but when she discovered Xtend Barre she fell in love immediately. She was able to reconnect with her childhood passion but with the modern edge of upbeat music and the core fundamentals of Pilates.
Stacey has completed a Certificate IV in Pilates Mat Instruction with Polestar Pilates Australia and is currently undertaking candidature for a Doctor of Philosophy in Biomechanics, so she lives and breathes the study of human form. Stacey loves the burn of a great Xtend Barre class, so prepare yourself for a big smile, fun music and sweat sweat sweat!
Sara Czarnota - Instructor
Sara studied classical ballet under Josephine Jason and Alan Cross at The McDonald College, during which time she performed with the Premier State Ballet Company in roles including Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Kitri in Don Quixote and Nikiya in La Bayadere. Successfully auditioning for professional ballet schools including The English National Ballet School and Zurich HMT Dance School, Sara decided to stay in Sydney where she completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts and graduated with Honours in Dance at Macquarie University. Simultaneously Sara was Convenor, Lecturer and Tutor of Dance History & Aesthetics at Macquarie University, combining her passion for dance and teaching. Sara is also an active Sydney dance reviewer and works full time in Marketing. Sara discovered Xtend Barre in Sydney and was instantly a devotee and addict. For Sara, since moving away from dance as a profession Xtend Barre is the single workout that enables the same muscles, develops tone, posture and balance like ballet does... Plus, the movement is fun and highly rewarding! Sara’s passion for Xtend Barre sparked a decision to become an instructor in order to spread her love of Xtend Barre and make everyone feel as good as she does after doing class!
Samara Kennedy - Instructor
Dancing from a very young age, Samara now continues to work in the entertainment industry as a dancer and model. She has performed in many corporate events, national advertising campaigns, music videos, Television commercials, dramas and most recently The Great Gatsby directed by Baz Luhrmann. She is currently dancing in Shay Stafford’s Memoirs of a Showgirl and on the Sydney Showboat. After finding Xtend Barre and realizing it not only strengthens your body but also sculpts it, she chose to study Pilates and Xtend Barre to become a qualified teacher. Xtend brings all of her passion for dance, pilates, music and fitness together and combines them in a very fun and addictive workout.
Amanda Jakelic - Instructor
Amanda developed a passion for dance at a very young age, training in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary from the age of 3. This passion for performing continued in adulthood where Amanda has had many years’ experience as a professional dancer, performing in various corporate events, stage shows and working for the Wiggles. Aside from her dancing achievements, Amanda holds a Bachelor of Commerce – Commercial Law and Human Resource Management and works full-time as a HR professional. Amanda holds her BBO Diploma in Classical Ballet, and having taught dance for many years it was very refreshing to discover the Xtend Barre workout. Amanda instantly fell in love with the dynamic, full body workout that combines her love for dance and Pilates in one addictive 55 minute class. She hopes to pass on her love and passion for Xtend Barre to her clients to help them achieve results by offering challenging classes that strengthen, lengthen and sculpt the body from head to toe. “Xtend Barre is a fun and great workout that takes Dance and Pilates to the next level and really does transform your body! Meet you at the barre.”
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