Stephanie Grauer – Owner/Instructor
As a competitive cross country runner throughout high school and college, I always knew that my life would be focused in health and fitness. After college, I put my accomplished athletic background to work by running and teaching at a chain of trendsetting and acclaimed dance studios in Los Angeles. In 2004, I was introduced to the Pilates movement by one of my dance instructors after experiencing pain in my knees, shins and lower back due to the impact running had on my joints. I was amazed at how Pilates gave me back my strength, flexibility and the mobility to run without pain. I earned my Pilates Certification through Balanced Body and soon after, I added certifications in both Sports Injury and Pre/Post Natal Pilates to my repertoire. Once my husband and I became pregnant with our first child, running became very difficult and I was looking to find a great workout that would be safe for me in my pregnancy and add the cardio element I so sorely missed. I discovered Xtend Barre and loved the fabulous cardio as well as the Pilates element. After the delivery of my little boy, I jumped right back into classes, and was back into my pre-preggo jeans within 8 weeks! The benefits that I gained from Xtend Barre made my decision to open and Xtend Barre studio easy. Xtend has challenged my mind and body in new ways and has added balance to my fitness regiment. I am exited to be able to share my experience, love and passion of Xtend Barre to others!
Deja Griggs - Instructor
My love for fitness started at an early age when I began dance and gymnastics. I was a competitive gymnast for 7 years and naturally fell into coaching at the age of 16. I coached gymnastics throughout high school and college where I studied Kiniesiology. After college and the births of my son and daughter, I began practicing pilates and fell in love with it right away! I was amazed at the connection between gymnastics and pilates. Pilates allowed me to maintain my flexibility and core strength, without the vigorous training that is required in gymnastics. I became a certified Stott Pilates instructor in 2009 and began sharing my love for pilates with adults and gymnasts as well. Along with Pilates I enjoyed high intensity interval training, hiking, walking (pushing two kids up hills in a stroller isn't easy!) and spinning. I discovered Xtend Barre in 2011 and was more than excited about this unique workout. What makes Xtend Barre special is the challenging cardio aspect of the workout. In Xtend Barre we tighten, tone and lengthen the muscles of body while getting an amazing cardio workout too. We use bands, balls, straps, and weights to make every workout challenging and different. No two classes are exactly the same, which makes working out fun! I am honored to be apart of Xtend Barre and share my passion for this workout with others!
Lynzi Andre - Instructor
Lynzi Andre grew up as a dancer which gave her a passion for physical fitness early on. She danced at conservatories in Southern California where she became a dance company member of B2 and later became a company member of The California Conservatory of Dance Ensemble. Training under the directorship of Kim Olmos and Jennifer Backhaus, she had the opportunities to perform throughout California and was trained by world-renowned ballet and modern teachers and choreographers, which kept her on her toes (literally). As a company member, she was required to take numerous dance conditioning classes, including Pilates, to keep her body healthy and strong. She instantly fell in love with it as she saw how Pilates strengthened her body, especially her core, and made her job as a dancer easier. It also taught her how to move more effectively to prevent injures, as well as exercises to heal and strengthen her body when injuries occurred. In 2011, Lynzi took her first Xtend Barre class and became ecstatic to find a workout that encompasses two of her passions: Pilates and dance. But, she feels that it is the cardio within the two elements that makes Xtend Barre unique and therefore, her favorite workout method. Soon after her first class, she became certified in Pilates to pursue her love for Xtend Barre by becoming an instructor.
Brianna Armstrong - Instructor
Growing up in Seattle, WA, I’ve always been involved in team sports and played Division I Fastpitch Softball for Towson University in Towson, Maryland. After college, I joined my first gym and discovered my love for group fitness classes. Not only did I enjoy the workouts of step aerobics, strength training, spinning, yoga and Pilates, I was drawn to working out with other people in a team-like atmosphere. In addition to group fitness classes, I also enjoy endurance sports like running, biking, swimming and triathlons. In 2008, my husband and I moved to Orange County and love being active outdoors year-round. In 2011, after three half marathons, my body and mind needed a break from high-impact exercise and I ventured back into group fitness classes. That summer, I took my first barre class and was immediately hooked. I was able to get a complete full body workout without any joint pain, and I had a lot of fun! Having never done any dance in my life, I liked doing a workout that made me feel graceful and powerful at the same time. After testing out a handful of different barre classes, I found Xtend Barre challenged me the most, offered a well-rounded workout with cardio, and transformed my body like never before. A few months later, I decided to put my background in sports performance training to use, combined with my passion for fitness, and became a certified group fitness instructor. It brings me great joy helping others achieve their fitness goals!
Allison Gilkey - Instructor
Allison has been involved in the fitness industry since 1999. With an athletic background in dance, gymnastics, & basketball, the fitness industry was a natural profession to "fall into" shortly after she graduated from highschool. As a successful N.C.C.P.T. certified personal trainer, she helped her clients reach their weight loss & strength goals through her expertise & motivational skills. After battling several injuries & health issues, she decided to explore Yoga with the intention of increasing flexibility, reducing stress, & learning a more gentle approach to training her body. She fell in love with Yoga immediately and decided to pursue her 200 Hour Teaching Certification through YogaWorks in 2009 & 300 Hour Teaching Certification in 2013. Through Yoga, she found a new passion for teaching in group settings and later received her Piloxing certification. Allison has 10 years of dance experience & Piloxing is the perfect class format to utilize her love for dance, passion for fitness & desire to help students have fun while reaching their fitness goals.
Sarah Bost - Instructor
Sarah Bost grew up dancing in Scottsdale, Arizona where she competed extensively in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop and modern. She spent her high school years involved as the captain of the varsity pom team while working at her local dance studio, teaching dance as well as managing the administrative side of the business. Sarah continued dancing and choreographing in college for the University of Notre Dame's Dance Company as well as the Notre Dame Pom Squad. Sarah graduated from Saint Mary's College of Notre Dame with an elementary and special education degree as well as a dance minor. Sarah taught 1st grade as well as special education and then moved into her recent sales career with AT&T. She has continued teaching dance focusing on technique, choreography, and beginning to advanced dance curriculum. Her recent desire for a more gratifying workout, that highlighted core dance technique, led to her partaking and becoming certified to teach Xtend Barre. Sarah is excited to share her passion for teaching, dance, and health through interweaving her dance technique and Xtend Barre methodology to create a challenging and rewarding workout experience.
Stephanie Davio - Instructor
Stephanie Davio grew up dancing ballet and jazz as a child. She then added fitness as large part of her life since college when she started teaching classes at age 18. Stephanie earned her B.S. in Health Science from Brockport State University of New York. She is a certified personal trainer, pilates instructor, and aerobics instructor. Recognized by Stamina Fitness, International Sports Science Association and the Aerobics Fitness Association of America. She has been teaching and training for over 15 years and continues to complete extensive training certifications in all forms of conditioning. She loves the Xtend Barre method: working the body proportionally so that all the body parts are challenged! Stephanie is excited to blend her talents and join the Mission Viejo Team and teach Xtend Barre and Sculpt classes!
Nicole Hill - Instructor
Nicole is a former Artistic Director, as well as a soloist national champion and competitive dance instructor for over 15 years. As an instructor, many of her students have been accepted into prestigious dance companies and won scholarships to nationally celebrated dance programs. She has won top honors for her unique and challenging choreography. Nicole has toured the country as a choreography assistant and lead performer with Hoctor’s Dance Caravan while under full scholarship with Joe Tremaine, The Edge, and Urban Jamm. Nicole, as a scholarship recipient, attended The University of Michigan majoring in dance. Along with her professional credits as a dancer, she was a professional model in print and film and currently works full time in Global Marketing at Oakley.
Nicole was looking for a challenging and fun workout that would allow her to utilize her dance skills. After trying many different forms of exercise she found Xtend Barre and knew instantly that she was going to love it. After practicing at Xtend Barre - Mission Viejo for over a year, she decided to take the next step and become an instructor. Every class is built to be a full package: cardio, barre and more! Nicole enjoys teaching new and advanced students and loves to see her students getting stronger and fitter.
Chariese Craycraft - Instructor
As a young girl I was a whirlwind of pure energy. My mom frequently caught me tumbling over the living room couch. For me, gymnastics, dance, and martial arts were a natural fit to channel all that liveliness. Eventually my love for martial arts grew and my days became consumed with the discipline of a traditional practice along with training competitively. It was always fun to show the boys that a girl could be just as good. In high school, I was a member of the dance team. This is where I found my passion for the creative process, performance and teaching. Eight years later, in December of 2010, my husband and I welcomed the birth of our son and I welcomed over sixty pounds with that pregnancy. Yikes! A year and a half had gone by when I finally mustered up the courage to work out again. I found my way to a beautiful studio on Lake Mission Viejo where I attended my first class and was instantly addicted! It wasn’t long before I was inspired to empower others to be fit and feel fabulous. I received my PILOXING and Xtend Barre certifications in 2013 and am excited to motivate others on their fitness journey.