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Allison Poston, Owner & Founder | Fort Worth

Allison trained on scholarship at the North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied classical ballet and modern dance. Additionally, she spent summers at the Boston Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, the Hungarian State Ballet School, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. Having received the Nordan Fine Arts Award from Texas Christian University’s dance department, she returned to Texas to attend TCU. Fast forward a decade later, and you will find a busy, proud wife to Paul and mother to Alyssa and Paul Edward, as well as a former dancer longing for her “ballet muscles”. When she discovered barre classes, that combine all of her favorite forms of exercise- ballet, yoga, and Pilates, she quickly called herself a “junkie”. Frequently taking classes in NYC, Denver, Dallas, and Houston, in addition to her own practice, she found the long, lean muscles she had as a dancer. Wanting to share her own version of barre to friends, she invited a group to share her ‘Smart Barre Technique’. With encouragement from friends and family, just one year later, she opened up her own studio. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to share this body-changing technique with women of all ages.
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Ashley Sartain, Instructor | Fort Worth

Ashley grew up in Scotland, London, Singapore, and San Antonio, Texas and has lived in Austin, Mexico City, Los Angeles, New York City and now Fort Worth. She has a B.A.from the University of Texas Austin in Theatre and Dance, and is apparatus trained in Pilates by the Physical Mind Institute of New York. She became a barre enthusiast when visiting friends in Los Angeles. When not teaching Smart Barre, Ashley spends time with her daughter, Ava Jane, and husband, Courtney, and is a licensed real estate professional. Her upbeat personality, knowledge and experience makes her Smart Barre class challenging and fun.
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Hayley Mansfield, Instructor | Fort Worth

Originally from Dallas, Hayley is a 2011 TCU graduate with a BFA in Ballet, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Education at TCU. An accomplished dancer, her love for dance started at the early age of three. She studied with the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Houston Ballet, and Joffrey Ballet, and performs locally with Ballet Concerto. Using core strengthening exercises, Pilates and yoga to enhance her training, she is a natural fit at Smart Barre. Hayley brings creativity and gift for choreography to her class. Watch out for her awesome “red” band exercises!
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Janna Harris, MS, Instructor | Fort Worth

Janna grew up in Denton, Texas and received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Northern Arizona University, where she was also an athletic trainer for women’s volleyball, men’s basketball and football. She attended Texas Christian University and earned her Master of Science in Exercise Physiology while teaching fitness classes at Colonial Country Club and teaching a personal training certification course at University of Texas in Arlington. Janna has done extensive research on exercise and pregnancy, and has designed our Smart Mom & Baby class based on her findings. She currently is working for Baylor Hospital in Dallas in their Breast Cancer research department. Her favorite Smart Barre exercises are glute work with the resistance bands- because they “hurt so good”, but results are quick and noticeable, which makes for a “fair exchange”!
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Jessica Benkel, Instructor | Fort Worth

Born in Hawaii and raised in California, Jessica moved to Fort Worth just a few years ago. In California, she graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Marketing and became a buyer for Pottery Barn. Happily married and raising two children, she started designing stationary and launched her own company, JRose Creations. She practiced various barre methods for 4 years while living in California, and noticed change in her body immediately. When she moved to Texas, she was unable to find classes in Texas. It is in her search that she met Allison, and together they exercised, analyzing and adaptingmovements to what has become Smart Barre. Jessica brings her knowledge and passion to Smart Barre, and is thrilled to be part of sharing this effective technique.
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Lynn Samis, Instructor, Fort Worth

Originally from Oklahoma City, Lynn danced and competed in sports at an early age. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of Oklahoma, and after graduating in 1981, she taught her first aerobics class. While living in California, Mexico, and Fort Worth since getting married in 1982, she has continued teaching and pursuing her love for fitness. Lynn is certified in Pilates from the Physical Mind Institute of NYC, in yoga, in the Willpower Method, as well as other forms of exercise. AFter discovering barre classes in 2005 in NYC, she has continued to learn different types of barre methods over the years. After owning a Pilates studio, where she taught mat Pilates and barre, she decided to “retire” her business and spend more time with her husband, Jimmy, and four grown children. Because of her passion for encouraging others in their pursuit of better health and a stronger body, Lynn is excited to join the Smart Barre team and share her knowledge and years of experience!
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Mary Martin, Instructor & Front Desk Manager | Fort Worth

Mary is a native of Chicago, Illinois and moved to Fort Worth in 2011 with her new husband, David. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and is a life-long dancer. She danced competitively on the Illinois Dance Team and was an instructor at Stage Door Dance Academy. She found barre classes while in Chicago, and quickly sought out Smart Barre when she moved here. When she is not teaching or working the desk at Smart Barre, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband. Her friendly disposition and knowledge of the Smart Barre Technique is enjoyed by our entire community.
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Natalie Henry, Instructor & Master Trainer | Fort Worth

Natalie grew up in California, Missouri and graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Modern Dance. She studied at the Physical Theatre in Ormskirk, England, Alba International Dance in Alba, Italy, the Joffery Ballet School in NYC, Virginia School of the Arts, American Ballet Theatre, and North Carolina Dance Theatre. She has her Pilates apparatus certification through the Physical Mind Institute of NYC, and currently teaches Pilates in our community in addition to Smart Barre Classes. She also serves as our Master Trainer, where her expertise and gift to teach is shared with all of our Smart Barre instructors.
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Traci Jenkins, Instructor | Fort Worth

A native of Fort Worth, Traci attended Arlington Heights where she cheered competitively on the National level. She received her degree in Radio. TV, Film from Texas Christian University. She is the proud wife to Chad of ten years and mother of three children (Ty, Blake Ashley, and Finley). When she is not taking or teaching Smart Barre classes she is a commercial insurance recruiter for her husband’s business. Her favorite Smart Barre exercises are the leg lifts and glutes.
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Courtney Corbeille, Instructor | Fort Worth

Courtney is a Fort Worth native, and graduated from Fort Worth Country Day School, where she studied classical ballet from Gayle Corkery and was a cheerleader. She attended the University of Oklahoma and received her degree in Journalism. After college, she auditioned for the Broadway musical, “Bring It On”, and performed in the world premier, North American tour, and most recently in New York at the St. James Theatre. You might have seen her in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, on the Today’s Show, and America’s Got Talent, too! Courtney received her Power Pilates mat certification after having fallen in love with the Smart Barre technique when home between shows. She is thrilled to be back in Texas and to share her passion for fitness with you!
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Adrienne Rhodes, Instructor | Fort Worth

Originally from Cleburne, Texas, Adrienne grew up as a competitive swimmer. After moving to Fort Worth to attend TCU, she struggled to fnd a new way to stay in shape now that her swimming days were over. She was instantly hooked on the barre technique after her frst class. Adrienne will graduate in December of 2013 with her bachelor’s degree in movement science, and a minor in biology. She hopes to incorporate her knowledge of the human body with the barre technique in every class she teaches. Her favorite Smart Barre exercise is thigh dancing, because it can instantly take any exercise to the next level. Adrienne plans to attend dental school after graduating from TCU.
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Elaine Tubre, Instructor | Fort Worth

Born in Chicago and raised in Houston, Elaine moved to Fort Worth after earning her Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction from DePaul University. By day, Elaine is the Associate Director of Website Management & Social Media at TCU. By night, she is a barre junkie to her “core”. An avid runner, Elaine’s barre journey began when her marathon training program allowed one day per week to crosstrain. Upon the advice of a friend, she took one class and noticed a change in her body instantly. One day per week quickly turned into every day, fostering her passion for the Smart Barre technique. Elaine is honored to be a part of an amazing team of women, who continue to inspire and encourage her to flourish in a lifestyle of health and fitness. Her favorite exercise is glute work on the mat–”How can such a tiny movement hurt so good?”
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Abbie Oswalt, Instructor | Fort Worth

Fort Worth born and raised, Abbie attended Nolan Catholic High School and then ventured to Dallas where she received her B.B.A. in Business Marketing and B. A. in Corporate Communications from Southern Methodist University. After spending time as a wedding planner in Dallas, the events industry and her husband Dawson brought her back home to Fort Worth, where she now owns her own event planning business, Abbie O Events. Abbie fell in love with Smart Barre in her frst class, and has been a “barre junkie” ever since. With experience in pilates, yoga and aerobics, Abbie brings a diverse range of exercises to each class, and promises to leave you with a great workout!
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Erin Sauerhage, Instructor | Fort Worth

A Ft. Worth native, Erin attended Fort Worth Country Day School where she studied classical ballet and jazz through the Gayle Corkery School of Ballet and Dian Clough West Dance Studio. After her sophomore year of high school, Erin was accepted to Booker T. Washington HS for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, where she studied Modern, Ballet, Jazz, African and Ballet Folklorico and graduated in 2012. She has studied with The American Ballet Theater in NYC, Ballet Austin, The Rock School of Ballet and Paul Taylor Dance Company in NYC. Erin attended The Boston Conservatory where she majored in Modern dance. Although she enjoyed her training in Boston, she realized she missed Texas and is now pursuing a B.F.A in Modern dance at Texas Christian University. Erin feels blessed to have the opportunity to be part of such a dynamic and encouraging group of women who continuously inspire her. She cannot wait to share her passion for fitness and inspire others through her classes!
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