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Our Team


Meet our team of owners, managers and experienced Barre Evolution instructors.

Each member of our team is committed to making your Barre Evolution experience the best it can be —from the moment you step in the door to the moment you leave — helping you better your health, mind and body.

Barre Evolution Nancy (Co-Owner)

Nancy Meyer

Co-Creator

Nancy discovered barre fitness more than a decade ago while searching for a way to transform her body for her upcoming wedding. After one class, she was instantly hooked and soon went on to earn a barre certification from Debbie Frank, a 25-year barre fitness veteran who has certified some of the most talented barre instructors in America. Nancy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an MBA from NYU. Nancy lives in Charleston with her husband, Jay, and two daughters, Emory and Sutton.

Nicole Wallen

Co-Creator

Nicole discovered barre fitness in the early ’90s, and opened Mt. Pleasant Pilates & Wellness in 2005. Three years later, she launched Body by Barre as a complement to her Pilates classes. Nicole has the distinction of being Charleston’s first Certified Pre and Postnatal Pilates Specialist and created the Prenatal Evolution program at Barre Evolution. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and a MBA with concentrations in International Branding and Entrepreneurship from The Citadel and University of Austria, Innsbruck.

Marie Crosby

Managing Partner

After teaching with Barre Evolution in Charleston, Marie Crosby joined forces with Nancy and Nicole to expand Barre Evolution into Greenville, SC. She started her love for all things fitness over 25 years ago teaching aerobics, step, spinning, kickboxing, boot camp & Zumba classes throughout her career. “I was hooked on barre after one workout, and I fell in love with BE because of the strength and balance it builds in both mind and body.” Along with being certified in the Barre Evolution method, she has held national certifications in ACE Group Fitness and ACE Personal Training. When she’s not at the barre, she is exploring her new favorite city — Greenville! She also enjoys hiking and spending time with her family.

About Our Instructors

Barre Evolution instructors are required to have a teaching background and at least six months of experience in Barre Evolution classes. Each instructor is then trained to understand the science of movement and anatomy of the human body, undergoing a minimum average of 100 hours of training in our unique method. After successfully completing the Barre Evolution training program, instructors are required to attend frequent Continuing Education to maintain an understanding of industry best practices and learn new and changing elements of our ever-evolving methodology.

Shauna Welch
General Manager/Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Loves: I love that I have become friends with so many of our amazing clients and I feel blessed to work with the instructors and staff every day! I also appreciate Nancy and Nicole’s attention to and passion for keeping the method evolving and safe for all bodies.

Believes: “Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” — Coco Chanel

Craves: Snuggles with my little man Aiden and my hubby Dave.

Brandie Cannady
Assistant Manager/Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Believes: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” — Howard Thurman

Craves: A solid sweat, a weekly dance session, and a good book.

Ann Marie Eskew
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Loves: Everything Barre Evolution! The people, the method, the results, the energy and the positive environment to name a few.

Believes: “The good you do today, will often be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.” — Mother Teresa

Craves: Famly time, granddaughter snuggles and kisses, special friendships, laughter, good food and wine.

Annette Mani
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Loves: Sharing my passion and knowledge of the Barre Evolution method with clients and the BE Team. So rewarding developing friendships along the way, its fun and energizing!

Believes: Our actions speak louder than our words.

Craves: Family time, Georgia football, the Beach.

Jennifer Thompson
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Loves: The community of beautiful and inspiring women at Barre Evolution.

Believes: Just breathe! Hold!

Craves: My children, great friends, laughter and good food.

Sarah Smith
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Loves: My husband and I returned to Charleston from NYC in 2014. Once settled I knew I would want to get back to teaching and expanding my fitness philosophy. As soon as I walked in the door, I knew Barre Evolution was where I wanted to make my home.

Believes:There is no remedy for love but to love more.

Craves: Tennis, boat days & time with my two sons.

Chelsea Sosnowski
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Loves: The energy we share with one another during a class keeps motivation high and builds a sense of community that makes each workout so much better.

Believes: “The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.” — Isak Dinesen

Craves: A morning to sleep in, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, a trip planned and ready for me on the horizon.

Elizabeth Poindexter
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Loves: The people –  from the students to fellow instructors to the owners – Barre Evolution empowers and supports women both inside and outside of the studio.

Believes: “She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her away, she adjusted her sails.” – Elizabeth Edwards

Craves: Sunset boat cruises with the hubby; visits from the fam; traveling to see good friends.

Teresa Picciotto
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Loves: The close-knit community and fun loving environment.

Believes: “Throw some glitter, make it rain.” -Ke$ha

Craves: Family time, my pitbull and good beats.

Kate Francies
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Loves: The positive energy when you walk in the door; the clients who are incredibly strong women who give their all during class; the BE staff that support other instructors and clients to find their edge and go for it!

Believes: Breathe in the good, breathe out the bad.

Craves: Travel, fun, food, family and lots of wine.

Jessica Winders
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Loves: The encouragement and support that comes from our clients and staff.  I feel so lucky to be part of such an uplifting community!

Believes: “You cannot find peace by avoiding life.” -Virginia Woolf

Craves: Traveling, sunny Sundays, “unplugged” family time.

Sarah Jones
Instructor

Location: Greenville, SC

Loves: The thing I love most about Barre Evolution is the differentiation that each instructor provides and how quickly I was able to see results. I also love the social aspect and the community of Barre Evolution!

Believes: “I hope you know you’re capable brave significant even when it feels like you’re not” – unknown

Craves: Playing with my dog Charlotte, cooking, and football (watching and tailgating!)

Casey Markham
Instructor

Location: Greenville, SC

Loves: Our students come to class day after day to transform their bodies, but also to support, challenge & encourage the friends they are standing alongside at the barre!

Believes: “We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” — Carlos Castaneda

Craves: That beautiful sunrise light, puppy cuddles, belly laughs.

Julia Bankert
Instructor

Location: Greenville, SC

Loves: How I can tell so many friendships have been made right here at Barre Evolution! I also love how much our students want to learn about barre — they really want to learn correct form so they can become stronger and push themselves to find their edge.

Believes: “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible!” — Audrey Hepburn

Craves: Boating on the lake, always dark chocolate, my dachshund puppy!

Caroline Miller
Instructor

Location: Greenville, SC

Loves:She loves the positive and welcoming attitude at Barre Evolution. There is such a community at the studio that leaves you feeling uplifted and empowered after every class.

Believes: Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light. -Albus Dumbledore

Craves: She adore doughnuts, her two Pomeranians Pico and Pippin, and hiking with her husband Ryan and pups.

Angie Napier
Instructor

Location: Greenville, SC

Loves: I love how the Barre Evolution method is for everyone! It doesn’t matter if it’s your first day exercising or if you’re a triathlete. You will be challenged and you will see results! I love how it’s gentle on our joints but super effective in creating long lean muscles! And who doesn’t love that infamous shake?!

Believes: Be humble, be hungry and be the hardest worker in the room.

Craves:My three daughters, anything coastal and good food!

Norma Wells
Instructor

Location: Greenville, SC

Loves: I love how BE empowers members and staff to evolve and find their personal edge each and every day. The community we have created makes for a comfortable and inviting environment. It’s awesome that we are all evolving together!

Believes: There is no PATH to happiness. Happiness IS THE PATH.

Craves: Road trips, spontinaity, smiles, lipgloss, cuddling, laughing, family, and random hugs.

Greer Chambers
Instructor

Location: Greenville, SC

Loves: Coming soon!

Believes: Coming soon!

Craves: Coming soon!

Liz Tew
Instructor

Location: Greenville, SC

Loves: The Barre Evolution community. From Greenville to Charleston, no one’s a stranger, and while you will never experience the same class twice, the smiling faces will always stick around.

Believes: If Plan A didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters!

Craves: Traveling, exploring all the new things Greenville has to offer and Saturdays dedicated to Clemson football — Go Tigers!