OUR SMART PEOPLE

FORT WORTH

Intelligent exercise for women

Smart Barre™ studios specialize in intimate, choreographed classes designed for you. An effective and efficient use of time, our method combines strength training and stretching as a sustainable form of exercise for women of all ages and a variety of fitness levels.

MEET OUR SMART PEOPLE

ABBIE O.

Education

BBA in Business Marketing, a BA in Corporate Communications and Public Affairs and a minor in Psychology from Southern Methodist University

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor and Owner of Abbie O Events, Event Planning Company, Mom to Oliver and Vera!

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Chair at the barre to get those thighs to burn!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

Get to your shaking point and make a change in your body

ALLIE F.

Education

B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Texas Christian University
Currently pursuing M.Ed. in Language and Literacy Curriculum Instruction from Texas Christian University

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor and Front Desk; Masters Student at TCU

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

My favorite would have to be clamshell. I love to work those glutes like crazy-and it works the inner thighs and obliques as a bonus!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Lace up those abdominals like a corset!” I love visual cues like this. It really helps me focus on how I need to squeeze in my core and hold my chest up like I’m proud to be in class!

CARLEIGH K.

Education

Currently pursuing a degree at Texas Christian University

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor, Front Desk, owner of Arlington Heights Pet Sitters

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Wide second plié

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Burn it Out!”

CATHERINE R.

Education

BFA in Ballet with a minor in Education from Texas Christian University

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor and Community Enrichment and Summer Intensive Coordinator with Texas Ballet Theater

Favorite Smart Barre exercise

I have never found an ab exercise that works my abs so deeply as High C Curl! Pressing my lower spine into the ball not only strengthens and tones my abs but helps me to find length in my lower back, and it’s become my favorite part of class.

Favorite Smart Barre cue

I love when I can ask clients if they could sink “just one inch deeper” into a thigh exercise. Watching everyone simultaneously drop a little bit lower and dive deeper into their practice is so motivating and always reminds

CHRISTINA R.

Education

Studied several forms of dance under Debbie Jo Thibeau, and has specialized in jazz and hip hop under dance legends such as Kitty Carter and Michelle Keys

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor; Dance Teacher and Choreographer at Dance Concept; Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader TV Show and training camp candidate

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

I love pretzel because it works the whole side of the body from your waistline to your glutes. Anything that lifts and firms the tush!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Two more 8’s, here we go!” (I tend to say that a lot!!)

COURTNEY C.

Education

Fort Worth Country Day
University of Oklahoma: BA in Journalism; Minors in Spanish and Health and Exercise Science

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor
Dallas Stars Ice Girl (dancer and skater)
Public Relations Associate

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

My clients know that I love cardio blasts! I like big movements that utilize the entire body head to toe and get the heart rate elevated. I also love deep stretching with the strap because every single body, no matter the condition, needs stretching on a regular basis to keep muscles lean and joints healthy. A deep stretch is also great for the soul!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Keep your chest proud like you are displaying a beautiful diamond necklace!”

ELAINE T.

Education

B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Marketing from St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX
M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction from DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Current Occupation

Associate Director of Website & Social Media Management at Texas Christian University, since 2001
Instructor at Smart Barre, since 2013

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Chair! Just when I think we may have done ourselves in, I try to imagine sitting on a luxurious chaise filled with clouds instead. How can such a simple movement include the total body? From our calves all the way to our upper back and biceps, this one is sure to make you shake!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Put on your high heels, Ladies! Lift through the top of your crown” -because I’m fairly certain we’re all royalty…probably.

ERIN S.

Education

Currently pursuing a BFA in Modern dance with a minor in business at Texas Christian University.

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor 🙂

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Folder over for glutes is my favorite because I feel it targets both the working and supporting glute/hamstring, while challenging you to really engage your abdominals!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Pull your bellybutton towards your spine to engage your abdominals” This cue is my favorite because it’s easy to get into the habit of moving through an abdominal series without engaging the core to its fullest extent. This cue allows you to find and activate your deepest abdominals, building longer, leaner muscles! Who doesn’t want that??

HANNAH R.

Education

BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance from Texas Christian University

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor and Front Desk; Company Dancer at Bruce Wood Dance Project

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Plank is my favorite exercise because there are so many variations that can be done to keep challenging every muscle in the body!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Make tiny, tight pulses for tiny, tight tushes!!” I say this almost every class during glute work 🙂

HAYLEY W.

Education

BFA in Ballet with minors in Education and Math from Texas Christian University
M.Ed. in Counseling from Texas Christian University

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor and Front Desk; Recruiting and Communications Coordinator at Blueprint Consulting Group certified Texas real estate professional

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Wide second is my favorite because I feel it targets the quads, hamstrings, and inner thighs. Plus when you add some leaning and twisting you get to carve out those oblique muscles in the abdominals!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Open your feet into a Smart v, like a slice of pizza”.. because it makes me think it’s ok to have a slice every once and a while when I work out at Smart Barre 🙂

KIM M.

Education

Master of Science Nurse Anesthesia, Texas Wesleyan University, 2003

Current Occupation

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, US Anesthesia Partners and Martinez Anesthesia

Favorite SB Exercise

It’s hard to pick just one……..grand plie in wide second position on releve!

Favorite SB cue

Ears over shoulders, over hips, over heels!

KIMMY K.

Education

Currently pursuing a degree in Business Management from the University of Texas at Arlington

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor, Dance Instructor at Artistry in Motion and Performing Arts Center

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Arm work!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Shaking is weakness leaving the body”
“You can do anything for eight more counts”

KRISTA L.

Education

BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance, BA in Writing from Texas Christian University 

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor, Dance Faculty at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts and Texas Dance Conservatory

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Chair at the barre to get those thighs to burn!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

Get to your shaking point and make a change in your body

LACEY G.

Education

BS in Human & Environmental Sciences, Hospitality Management from University of Alabama

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor, Manager at Maven

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Plank, plank, plank!  Oh how I love to plank.  It’s that full body engagement that gets me every time!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“You ladies should be feeling this, yes?!”  I always like to get confirmation from the clients that they are in fact feeling the burn.  If I don’t hear a response after this cue I know it’s time to take the challenge to the next level, right?! 😉

LESLIE P.

Education

BS Strategic Communications with a minor in Spanish from Texas Christian University
200 hour Yoga Alliance certified Yoga instructor

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor, Yoga Instructor at TCU Campus Recreation, The Sanctuary Yoga Room, Cycle Instructor at Cyclebar

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Back dancing is my favorite Smart Barre exercise because it allows you to close your eyes and really focus on your seat, abdominals & inner thighs (if legs are glued together). I love the opportunity to focus on the seat one last time before class is done.

Second Favorite Smart Barre Move (in case back dancing isn’t a good example!!)

Planks are a personal favorite of mine because it engages the entire body. Planks challenge mental focus and improve posture, all while increasing strength & flexibility.

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“One inch lower!”.. because I love the challenge at the end of a tough set to finish strong and shaking!

LIZZY M.

Education

BA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of South Carolina.

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor, Account Executive at PAVLOV Agency

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

I love to utilize wide second position because there are so many variations to the exercise and it gives you a nice stretch in your inner thighs.

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Keep your shoulders over your hips for a nice tall posture”… because standing a little taller can give you a feeling of pride which everyone should have after leaving a Smart Barre class!

NATALIE H. | Director of Training

Education

BFA in Modern Dance from Texas Christian University; Pilates Mat and Apparatus Certification from The Physical Mind Institute of New York City

Current Occupation

Director of Training for Smart Barre Studios, Camp Bowie Studio Manager, Smart Barre Instructor, Independent Pilates Instructor

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

I love Wide Lunge series, where we encourage a deep plie, taking clients to that shake!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Find that shake zone” is my cue to get clients to that sweat

SALLY H.

Education

Associate of Arts from Front Range Colorado
Pilates mat l/ll training through Balanced Body

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor and Front Desk
Owner and artist of Wind and Roots, LLC.

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

I love combining “L” shape with clamshell on the mat, and adding the band as an extra challenge. This is great for toning your hips and gluts, making those pants slide on a little easier.

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Just one more eight count, you can do it!” Your muscles may be shaking and fatigued, but that little push at the end means you’ve done it and it’s almost over. Warning: this may include smiles, giggles and sigh of relief!

SARA S.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology from the University of North Texas. Currently pursuing a Health Fitness Certification from the American College of Sports Medicine. Pursuing STOTT Pilates certification

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor and Front Desk, Supervisor at Lucy Activewear, Southlake.

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Wide Second is my favorite Smart Barre exercise because it targets the entire body! Everything one could want from a workout, all in one position. I love this exercise also because of the variety that it offers – the options are endless.

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

“Know your Body.” I LOVE this cue because it reminds you to only do what feel goods to YOU.

SARAH C.

Education

Texas Christian University
BS in Advertising and Public Relations, Art Minor with Photography Emphasis

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor and stay at home mother to Noah Nicholas

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

Chair is a love/hate relationship for me. I hate it because it’s outside my physical comfort zone. I love it because it challenges me mentally and reminds me that my body’s health is worth fighting for!

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

Thank yourselves for showing up to class and be confident in who YOU are!

TRACI J.

Education

BFA in Radio/TV/Film/Production with minors in Journalism and Religion from Texas Christian University

Current Occupation

Smart Barre Instructor, Director of Recruiting, Blueprint Consulting Group, & Mom to Ty, Blake and Finley

Favorite Smart Barre Exercise

There are so many that it’s hard to pick!  Today, it’s a low c-curl crunch with hands behind the head raising the leg in attitude for pulses and twists.

Favorite Smart Barre Cue

Pull the shoulders away from the ears and relax the neck.

VICTORIA R.

Education

BFA in Ballet with a minor in Communication Studies from Texas Christian University

Current Occupation

Smart Barre instructor and Pilates instructor at a physical therapy clinic

Favorite Exercise

Planks are my favorite because you can feel every muscle in your body working together!