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Allison Poston, Founder of Smart Barre Studios

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.

Natalie Henry, Director of Training for Smart Barre Studios

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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Abbie, Instructor | Smart Barre Camp Bowie

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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Ashley, Instructor | Smart Barre Camp Bowie

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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Courtney, Instructor | Smart Barre Camp Bowie

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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Elaine, Instructor | Smart Barre Camp Bowie

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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Erin, Instructor | Smart Barre Camp Bowie

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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Hayley, Instructor | Smart Barre Camp Bowie

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!

Jenny, Front Desk Manager & Smart Stretch & Restore Instructor | Smart Barre Camp Bowie

Originally from Wisconsin, Jenny received her BS in Psychology and General Communications from Carroll College. She began her career in social work, but eventually landed in advertising and marketing. She has always been involved in fitness through dance, soccer, biking and rock climbing, and became a licensed massage therapist in 2008. She finds joy in expressing herself through painting, and cooking for friends and family. Jenny has worked with Allison exclusively using her knowledge of the body and massage therapy background to help create a format for Smart Stretch & Restore. She is excited to be a part of our team!
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Jessica, Instructor | Smart Barre Camp Bowie

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.

Lacey, Instructor | Smart Barre Camp Bowie

Originally from East Texas, Lacey was born and raised in beautiful Tyler TX, the “Rose Capital of the World”. After taking her first dance class at the ripe old age of 2, Lacey developed a passion for dance that fueled almost 17 years worth of training. After her freshmen year of college at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide) she decided to pursue other dreams, but never lost her love for dance. A Texas girl at heart, Lacey moved back to the Lone Star State after college graduation where she met the man of her dreams, which also happened to be her High School sweetheart. After getting married in February of 2012, she moved to Fort Worth with her husband Cullen, where she stumbled upon the wonderful world of Smart Barre. After just one class she was hooked and is now so excited to join the Smart Barre team as an instructor!
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Lynn, Instructor | Smart Barre Camp Bowie

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, Instructor | Smart Barre Camp Bowie

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.

Sally, Instructor | Smart Barre Camp Bowie

Sally was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and moved to Fort Worth, Texas in June 2009. She was a competitive gymnast as a young girl and around the age of nine got involved with dance and fell in love! She started with ballet and soon after discovered the different styles and there was no stopping her from dancing. She was a competitive dancer for many years, traveled around the United State for conventions and competitions, taking training from the best in the industry. Sally completed the Pilates Mat I/II certification through Balanced Body in Dallas. Sally looks forward to incorporating her past experiences with the Smart Barre technique. If Sally isn’t at Smart Barre or dancing, you will find her mountain biking, hiking, camping, kayaking, or rock climbing.

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Traci, Instructor | Smart Barre Camp Bowie

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.