Allison Jennings Poston

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 of two, 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.

Kristi Rittby | Studio Owner, Cityview & Master Trainer

Kristi is originally from Greensboro, NC. She graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts, studying ballet and modern dance with further study in Seattle, Atlanta and Hartford. 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 and later to be an instructor. 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 husband, son and parents during this current life adventure.

Kristin Fay | Studio Owner, San Antonio

Since November 2017, Kristin Fay has been the proud owner of Smart Barre San Antonio. A lifelong athlete, Kristin was a regular on the marathon and boot camp circuit for years. After a knee injury, she adapted her workouts to include elements of Pilates and Yoga, and she fell in love with Smart Barre. Unlike her previous workout routines, Smart Barre provided Kristin quicker and more defined results while still being gentle on her joints. She not only fell in love with the method and its results but also the instructors, studios and Barre community. Smart Barre has ignited Kristin’s passion to help women reach their maximum health and fitness
potential. She recognizes that Barre is a workout suitable for all type of athletes, bodies and capability levels, and she has made it her mission to spread the Smart Barre lifestyle to women of all ages in the Alamo City. Kristin attended Clemson University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and spent 12 years as a corporate accountant. When she’s is not posing in a “Smart V” next to her clients in class, she enjoys playing tennis and exercising outdoors. Kristin and her husband Mike have three beautiful boys.

Natalie McElroy

Natalie McElroy | Studio Owner, Camp Bowie & Master Trainer

Natalie McElroy grew up in the small town of California, Missouri. She attended several ballet intensives which gave her opportunity to perform and study dance all over the world. Natalie moved to Fort Worth in 2006 to attend the Department of Ballet and Modern Dance at Texas Christian University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2010. Upon graduation Natalie became certified in Pilates through the Physical Mind Institute of New York City. In August of 2011 Natalie joined the Smart Barre team at Camp Bowie. Natalie and her husband Trent became the proud owners of Smart Barre Camp Bowie in January of 2018 and later that fall, they welcomed their first daughter. Natalie is proud to raise her daughter around such strong encouraging women in the Smart Barre community. Barre is not only something she teaches, but truly lives by in her weekly routine. The challenging workout along with the uplifting atmosphere is why Smart Barre is her second home.