Xtend Barre® Plie for Pink™ Initiative To Benefit Bright Pink, Breast And Ovarian Cancer Prevention Organization

Premier Ballet Barre Workout Hosts Breast and Ovarian Cancer Fundraiser & Education Event in over 70 locations Nationwide, October 19 - October 20, 2013

Sep 24, 2013, 12:52 ET from Xtend Barre

BOCA RATON, Fla., Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Xtend Barre® Workout (www.xtendbarreworkout.com; @Xtend_Barre), one of the fitness industry's most diverse barre programs that fuses dance, Pilates and cardio in a high energy environment, today announced a fundraising and educational initiative that will benefit Bright Pink (www.brightpink.org), the only national non-profit organization with an exclusive focus on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Xtend Barre Plie for Pink™ will unite the 70+ U.S. and international studio locations (owners, instructors, clients and their communities) behind a common cause.

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A weekend-long event, Xtend Barre Plie for Pink will be hosted on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, 2013. Participating studios will offer a series of classes and products to benefit Bright Pink, including:

  • Two or more special 55-Minute Bootcamp "Plie for Pink" charity classes, with a suggested donation of $30-$40 (fee will include the class and a special edition Xtend Barre "Plie for Pink" tank top)
  • "Pink Ribbon" grip socks
  • Tips and educational materials from Bright Pink for breast and ovarian cancer prevention
  • Additional Plie for Pink events throughout the month of October, on a studio-by-studio basis.
  • Xtend Barre Plie for Pink accessories will also be sold to benefit Bright Pink at www.xtendbarreworkout.com.

Participants are encouraged to dress for the cause, in pink tutus, pink workout apparel, toe socks and more!

"At Xtend Barre, we celebrate Bright Pink's mission to empower women. We love that they educate and encourage young women to know their bodies and proactively manage their own health to prevent or detect cancer at an early stage," explains Xtend Barre founder and Master Instructor Andrea Rogers. "Many of our clients and instructors (and their friends and family members) have bravely battled breast and ovarian cancer, among other health challenges, and Xtend Barre is proud to rally behind a cause that means so much in such a fun way!"

Xtend Barre is a high energy workout that combines serious sculpting exercises done at the ballet barre with lively music. Created by former dancer and choreographer Andrea Rogers, the Xtend Barre Workout combines exercises at a professional ballet barre with precise concentrated movements to target small muscle groups.  Plies, releves and a series of ballet inspired cardio exercises are combined with Pilates principals as well as light weight training. The focus is on "shaping" muscles by first increasing muscle strength and then lengthening the muscles by stretching. An array of props like resistance balls, weights, stretch bands and more also keep you on your toes. The result? A strong, sculpted "dancer-like" body without unwanted bulk, and increased stamina and flexibility.  Each class is a full-body emersion that lasts 55 minutes and results show quickly. Xtend Barre also offers modified and therapeutic classes for breast cancer, post-surgical, pre-and-post-natal and clients who have been affected by personal injury.

For a full calendar of local events and more information about Xtend Barre Plie for Pink or to interview a representative from Xtend Barre, please contact Amy Shey Jacobs at amy@halopr.com or 646-415-8675.

About Bright Pink
Bright Pink® is the only national non-profit organization focusing on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women, while providing support for high-risk individuals. Our life-saving programs and resources equip, educate, and empower young women to be proactive with their breast and ovarian health. Visit us online to complete our Assess Your Risk Tool to determine your lifetime risk for breast and ovarian cancer and download helpful questions to ask your doctor, breast/ovarian self-awareness tools, and more. For those at high risk, receive a mentor through our PinkPal® one-on-one peer support program or find a local Experiential Outreach Group to get support in a city near you. Brighten Up today at BrightPink.org.

About Xtend Barre® and Andrea Rogers
The Xtend Barre® Workout has been sought after by national top Pilates instructors, dancers and leading fitness experts, and now has quickly expanded to over 70 locations around the world, including studios in the US, Australia, Dubai, Paris, London, Brazil, Canada and more. Andrea Rogers, the creator and founder of Xtend Barre, boasts an extensive career as a professional dancer and choreographer. Having shared the stage with numerous celebrities, Andrea traveled the country with several professional dance companies, including her role as a principal dancer for Walt Disney World Co. Andrea aligned her passion for dance and Pilates in 2006 when she cultivated Xtend Barre, Pilates and dance Amplified. Her creative combination of traditional Pilates methods and ballet basics sculpts bodies into lean, strong, 'dancer-like' physiques, helping people of all fitness levels. Andrea holds various credentials including: Pilates Method Alliance member, America Council on Exercise Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Member of IDEA Health & Fitness Association and Classical Pilates instructor.  She has appeared on programs such as on ABC News, CNN, NBC, and has been featured in Shape, Pilates Style, Fitness, OK!, and Marie Claire Magazines.

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