I truly believe dance is the most joyous and organic way to connect with our physicality and explore its potential. It is a sport, an art, and a means of expression and healing which every individual can benefit from. This is a language which calls us all to speak.
The Extension Method™ strips away the tulle and satin to reveal the muscle of classical ballet technique. An accessible workout for everyone, regardless of dance or fitness background, this program challenges every aspect of fitness.
Conceived by Jennifer Nichols, professional dancer and fitness specialist, The Extension Method™ combines the fundamentals of classical ballet technique with athletic conditioning to impart the strength, posture, ease of movement and sculpted physique of a dancer.
The method is adapted for group sessions as well as individually tailored programs. With a curriculum of 9 unique classes, each one designed to target different fitness goals and areas of the body, your workout is COMPLETE with the Extension Method™’s comprehensive program.
WOULD YOU LIKE THE POSTURE, FLEXIBILITY, AND ENDURANCE OF A BALLET DANCER?
ARE TRADITIONAL DANCE CLASSES TOO INTIMIDATING?
Meet the founder
Jennifer Nichols is a choreographer, professional dancer, and founder/director of the Extension Method and co-owner of its affiliate culture and fitness retreat company, Extend Retreats. She is co-artistic director of the dance entertainment firm Hit and Run Dance Productions.
The Extension Method was founded in 2003 and its acclaim has spread across Canada and internationally. In addition to its fitness programming at the Extension Room, the method has been applied to elite sport. Jennifer has worked extensively with Synchro Canada and Synchro Ontario, as well as the Granite Club synchronized swimming and figure skating clubs.
For stage, Jennifer has been commissioned as choreographer and dancer by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Oregon Summer Music Festival, Esprit Orchestra, the Canadian Art Song Project, FAWN Chamber Creative and the Art Gallery of Ontario. As choreographer she has also created works for Against the Grain Theatre, the Glenn Gould School, Opera 5 and the Bicycle Opera Project. She has been commissioned by Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra as director of the Hausmusik production ‘Traversée’, and danced with Opera Atelier ballet for ten years.
For television and film, Jennifer holds Head Choreographer and dance/script consultant credits for the Netflix ballet school drama series ‘Tiny Pretty Things’. She also holds choreographer credits for ‘Reign’ (CW), ‘Titans’ (DC Universe), ‘Frankie Drake’ (CBC), ’Salvation’ (CBS), ‘Mary Kills People’ (Global TV), ‘Falling Water’ (USA Network), ‘Transylvania’ (CW), ‘Pine Sol’ (Bell Media) as well as the feature film ‘Barney’s Version’ (Serendipity Point Films).