Bambi Watt – Owner
Certified Pilates and Xtend instructor Bambi Watt is the owner of Xtend Barre Nashville as well as Willow Pilates Studio, Nashville’s premier Pilates studio for 11 years running. After the birth of her first child in 1995, Watt hired a personal trainer to help her get back in shape. By 1996 she had become an ACE and AFAA certified personal trainer herself. Seeking an emphasis for her personal training, Bambi started Pilates in 1997 and loved the method. She studied with Master Teacher Romana Kryzanowska and completed her Pilates certification, teaching out of her home until she opened Willow in 1999. After witnessing Xtend Barre™’s amazing workout and its immediate results, Bambi became a certified Xtend instructor and introduced Xtend to Willow Pilates Studio in 2010. In February 2011, Watt opened Xtend Barre Nashville.
Stephanie Gamonet-Reid - Instructor
Stephanie grew up with ballet dancers as parents. With her mother's background in fitness training, Stephanie developed a love for all things fitness. She danced with the Nashville Ballet until age seventeen, during which time she also trained in Pilates with her mother, Sylvia Gamonet, who was Tennessee's first Pilates Instructor. She graduated from MTSU with a degree in Exercise Science and has since made a career out of being a personal trainer. In 2010, she was introduced to Xtend Barre, and she fell in love with its combination of Pilates and dance. She soon became a certified instructor.
Anna Martin - Instructor
Dance and fitness have always been an essential part of Anna’s life. Prior to college she danced at her local dance studio in McMinnville, TN for 10 years. Since graduating from Samford University she has moved to Nashville to start a career in fitness and dance through teaching Xtend. After being introduced to the workout in the summer of 2010, Anna has worked to become a certified Xtend instructor. Now certified in pilates through the Power Pilates organization and Xtend, she currently teaches and manages Bambi’s new business endeavor, Xtend Barre Nashville. Anna is excited to see Xtend’s effects on the Nashville area.
Emily Schneider - Instructor
Emily began dance training at age two and was introduced to the benefits of Pilates at age fifteen. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Clarice Smith Performing Arts School at the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to becoming an instructor, Emily had a career in journalism at ABC News. Emily would use Pilates as her relief from the world of broadcast news. And so, after being a student of Pilates for nearly 10 years Emily chose to shift her career focus and became a Pilates instructor. She has taught in successful studios in both South Florida (where she met, bonded and began work with Xtend Barre Workout creator and owner Andrea Rogers) and New Jersey. Emily helped introduce the brilliance of Xtend to its first northeast location – Renaissance Pilates in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 2008. Emily's extensive background in dance, kinesiology, anatomy and training in Laban Movement Analysis helps her to understand the body, instruct students in the quality of proper movement and better assist clients in achieving results. Emily is certified through Power Pilates, All-America Pilates, Stroller Strides, and is a Teacher Trainer and Instructor of Xtend Barre Workout.
Heather Holloway - Instructor
Born and raised in Nashville, Heather started dancing at the age of three and Pilates at 14 with Sylvia Gamonet, Tennessee's first Pilates Instructor. She trained with the School of Nashville Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Franklin School of Preforming Arts, DC Dance Factory and Ann Reinking's Broadway Theater Project where she had the opportunity to work with Ann Reinking, Gregory Hines, Gwen Verdon and Julie Andrews. She has preformed with the Nashville Ballet, Tennessee Repertory Theater, Ann Reinking's Broadway Theater Project and Circle Players. After spending a decade in New York and working in the corporate world, she decided to return to Nashville and her movement roots. She was introduced to Xtend in 2010 and loved the opportunity to include the fundamentals of ballet and pilates within a total body workout. She is a fully certified pilates instructor through Power Pilates, certified in Xtend Barre and is also a Health Coach for marilu.com