Xtend Barre St Lucia is located just five minutes away from Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, next to University of Queensland and above IGA St Lucia. Studio owner, local girl Suzie Combemorel, had an international dance career and comes from a long history of Pilates practice and instruction. The team at XBSL are here to help you embrace movement and find your best body and mind.
Here’s some handy advice for your first trip to see us at Xtend Barre:
Arrive 20 minutes early.
Grip socks are required. You can bring your own or we have some for purchase.
Bring a towel and water bottle.
We have lockers, changing rooms, and restrooms available for your use.
Entry into class is not permitted 5 minutes after the start of class.
Let your instructor know if you have any injuries or are pregnant. They are happy to help with
modifications throughout class.
If you need to change your class, be sure to do so at least within the cancellation period.
Xtend Barre St Lucia offers something on the timetable for everyone and every body, you can join multi–level, safe, fun and extremely effective fitness classes under the eyes of expert trainers who work with you on your individual goals.
Programs include Xtend Barre, Xtend Fitball, and Xtend Babies on Board.
After graduating from The Australian Ballet School and stints with The Australian Ballet and Queensland Ballet, Suzie moved to Paris to dance with the Moulin Rouge and performed in galas in Hong Kong, London, Rome, St Moritz, the Hollywood Bowl LA and the Carnival in Rio de Janiero to name a few.
Suzie had a role created for her at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in an opera that she performed in two seasons and as an invited production at the Palau de les Arts Valencia. This led her to dance in another production in Marseille, South of France where she married, became a French citizen and had a son. Suzie’s career saw her dance and choreograph in contemporary works and perform in numerous galas and cabarets over six continents.
Gaining a Certificate IV in Pilates Instruction after studying with Annemieke Jonas in Amsterdam, Suzie was influenced by the ideas of efficient movement and Franklin Method imagery.
Finally returning to Australia in 2014, Suzie literally stepped off the plane and into Xtend Barre instructor training. She loves the workout, the studio and helping clients reach beyond their limits and have a positive movement experience.
Andrea was born on the Sunshine Coast and trained at The Australian Ballet School. After graduation she joined The Australian Ballet where she performed a wide variety of classical and modern repertoire and toured to London, New York, China and Singapore. Andrea was then invited to join Dresden Semperoper Ballet in Germany where she was quickly promoted to first soloist. Here, she worked closely with leading choreographers and toured throughout Europe.
Andrea was a guest artist with Queensland Ballet for their International Gala in 2010 before returning to Australia to dance with West Australian Ballet. Since retiring from the stage, Andrea has embraced motherhood and taught for many leading dance courses in Australia.
She finds in Xtend Barre the same commitment to body conditioning and technique that she used throughout her career to keep her body on point and strives to help others enjoy the same.
Erin fell in love with dancing from a young age after her mother enrolled her in classes as a way to get her to sit still! Erin completed her dance training with an Associate Degree in Dance from QUT before embarking on an international dance career spanning thirteen years. As a dancer and dance captain for Carnival Cruise Line she danced in Asia, India and the United States.
After “retiring” as a dancer Erin undertook her Xtend Barre training as a way to keep her love of dance alive. Erin teaches an enthusiastic and fun class and wants to see you achieve your best each and every day.
Our yoga teacher, Catherine Mullins has an extensive background in dance and movement, starting at the tender age of 4 and completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) from QUT in 2011. During her dance training Catherine worked extensively with Yoga and Pilates and can testify to the transformative benefits of this style of strength and movement training.
Catherine is a qualified Matwork Pilates Instructor and Yoga Teacher, training at CoreYoga Studios. She is currently studying anatomy, physiology and biomechanics at the University of Queensland as she continues her studies in Biomedical Science.
With a genuine fascination and appreciation of how the body works, Catherine strives to assist her students in achieving their most vital and healthy body. Her classes will evoke a sense of exploration and delight as she works with you and your body to experience the yoga that is right for you!
Shauna was one of Brisbane’s first Xtend Barre instructors and has over 3 years experience teaching barre. She has instructed Pilates for over 12 years in both the UK and Australia after gaining her STOTT Pilates Certification. She also runs Reach Pilates- group Pilates classes on Brisbane’s northside. All her experience combines in her classes where she will push your technique and is sure to extend your limits.
Shauna learnt ballet, tap and Irish dancing growing up before studying law. Now a freelance copywriter, she relishes her time in the studio and loves finding her inner-ballerina and loves helping her clients find theirs!
Samara has worked in the entertainment industry as a dancer and model. She has performed in many corporate events, national advertising campaigns, television commercials, dramas and films including The Great Gatsby. Most recently you could find her dancing her heart out aboard Sydney Showboats and across the seas at the 2016 Auto Expo in India modelling for Mercedes Benz.
After being introduced to Xtend Barre and realizing it not only strengthens but also sculpts your body, she chose to study Pilates and Xtend Barre to become a qualified teacher. She has also continued to further her training by studying pre and post natal Pilates.
For the last four years Samara has filled her days with teaching at all of Sydney’s top studios and she is delighted to now be apart of the Xtend Barre Brisbane team. “Xtend brings all of my passion for Dance, music and fitness together and combines them in a fun, addictive and motivating workout, however my favourite part is seeing the clients lives change as they bring health, fitness and even more happiness to their lives.”
Jazzi started dance at a young age learning from Kim Bowkett at Theatre and Dance before studying Musical Theatre full-time in Brisbane, Sydney and New York. She has trained extensively in all dance styles and gained her RAD Advance Distinction.
She has taught Xtend Barre in Sydney and is now back in her hometown and very excited to be teaching at Xtend Barre St Lucia.
“I love teaching Xtend because it is so accessible to everyone, regardless of age and fitness level. I love seeing all different people come together for time at the barre. I love doing Xtend myself because it is the perfect challenge to strength and fitness.
When I see clients in their challenge zone, muscles shaking and sweat dripping down their determined faces I am so happy to be helping them get the most out of their workout and that they push their limits beyond what they thought they could do.”
Elizabeth started dancing at the age of 3 in Brisbane. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Graduate Diploma of Education in Secondary Years from QUT and is a Dance teacher for High Schools. She uses Xtend Barre as another outlet for her love of movement and can’t wait to meet you at the barre!
Sarah’s yoga journey began as a teen in the 90’s and developed into a regular practice approximately 15 years ago. After years as a professional environmental scientist, the pull of yoga grew and Sarah was inspired to teach, gaining accreditation in 2015. Her devotion to and love for the environment continues to shines through in her life, often in her classes as they focus on evolving a deep sense of connection to Self, our Earth home and community. She provides a compassionate and safe environment in which students are offered support to navigate their personal boundaries and further develop their own innate sense of belonging. In her spare time, Sarah loves to travel, bushwalk, nurture her plants, dance, sing and play with friends.
Sarah holds a 200hr IYTA accreditation in Anusara-based Hatha Yoga and a 50hr Yin Yoga accreditation. She continues to develop her knowledge and understanding of yoga, currently undertaking a further 350hr accreditation with Core Yoga Studios, focussing on yoga as a therapeutic physical, mental and spiritual offering.
Anna first fell in love with yoga as a teenager and continued to practice on and off as she moved onto university. After completing her Bachelor of Business and Arts at QUT, Anna worked for several years in tertiary education.
After becoming a parent, Anna became more dedicated in her yoga practice, and it was after the birth of her second child she decided to follow her passion for yoga. She spent several years studying and practicing yoga through My Health Yoga and qualified as a Yoga Teacher in 2016.
Anna is currently undertaking further teacher training in Yin Yoga and loves incorporating different styles of yoga into her classes. She is keen to share her love of yoga with the Xtend Barre St Lucia community. Her classes are all about nourishing the mind, body and soul. “I am a big believer in balance, which is why I love savasana, red wine and chocolate equally!”
When Monica is not at the barre you’ll find her working as an Occupational Therapist or running around a netball court.
With a passion for health and fitness, Monica has always been active and loves helping her clients build strength and work up a sweat.
Monica might not have taken a single ballet lesson in her life but her background in gymnastics and keen eye for detail means there’s no slacking off in her class. She feels Xtend Barre offers a unique workout that helps tone and sculpt all bodies, no matter the fitness level.