OWNER STORIES

Allison Jennings Poston | Founder

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 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.

Kourtney Little | Studio Owner & Managing Partner

Kourtney, originally from Houston, fell in love with barre in 2010. Eager to continue her training in the method, once relocated back to Fort Worth, she quickly found Smart Barre just before the first studio opened its doors. She fell in love with the concept and the results and was unable to resist sharing it with others. Smart Barre soon became a weekly retreat from busy days at the office and she couldn’t stop thinking about the potential the company could have if it were to grow outside of the city limits. It was with this motivation and her degree in Entrepreneurial Management from TCU’s Neeley School of Business, that Kourtney has helped the company evolve and expand into the brand that it is today. She owns and operates three locations in San Antonio, in addition to partnering with the founder, Allison in Smart Barre Franchising.

Kristi Rittby | Studio Owner & Master Trainer

Kristi is originally from Greensboro, NC. She graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts, studying ballet and modern dance. She danced with TCU’s Department of Ballet and Modern Dance while earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics, and later attended University of Texas at Arlington, earning a Master of Science in Mathematics. She was on faculty at TCU in the Mathematics Department, still dancing and performing locally, when she came to support long time friend, Allison, and took her first Smart Barre class. She was immediately hooked! The attention to detail, movement to music and supportive atmosphere of staff and clients were just the right combination to get her to class. She found that Smart Barre exercises helped ease some of the pains she was feeling from dance – mostly due to weak musculature. Kristi solidified her passion for Smart Barre when she opened Smart Barre Cityview in September 2013, followed by Smart Barre Bluebonnet Circle in August of 2014. In these few short years, Kristi has been fortunate to work with the wonderful women of Smart Barre, both staff and clients. She feels stronger than she ever has, and wishes that she had the benefits of Smart Barre exercises when she was dancing seriously. Most of all, she appreciates the support of her family during this current life adventure.