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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.

Anna Kate Will

Anna Kate Will

Marketing & Business Partnerships

Anna discovered barre fitness as a college student, having sought ways to stay in shape during her limited time away from design school. After completing her Master of Science with a specialization in Visitor Studies, she moved to Charleston and pursued a career in marketing. Anna was impressed by the many ways in which Barre Evolution supports strong women, inside and out, and was thrilled to put her skills to work with the BE team. Anna’s role is focused on identifying and developing partnerships; marketing and branding; and studio events. In her free time Anna loves: Tar Heel Basketball; serving as the Special Olympics Area 6 Fundraising Chair; and running with her dogs.

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.

Angie Napier
Instructor

Location: Greenville, SC

Loves: All types of exercise but barre is her favorite. She loves all things coastal, all things outdoors and all things coffee.

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.

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.

Jess Ross
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Loves: I love Barre Evolution clients! They make me a better instructor, and drive me to help them reach their fitness goals. We have such a positive environment; I know I can come to the studio at anytime and leave feeling energized and motivated.

Believes: Everything happens for a reason.

Craves: The beach, Ryan (hubbie) time, and good food!

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.

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.

Erin O’Dea
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Loves: When you show up to the barre you are greeted with amazing women who are all there to do something GOOD for themselves!

Believes: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined!” — Thoreau

Craves: I crave the feeling you get after a great workout or a good night’s sleep. I crave potato chips! I crave visits with my family and friends.

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.

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.

Jo Lavendar
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Loves: The committed and loyal Barre Evolution members. I love their willingness to learn and commitment to our method.

Believes: The Serenity Prayer

Craves: More time with my granddaughters!

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!

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.

Kerri Hicswa
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Loves: Everything! I love the students, the staff, the studios, the energy, the results!

Believes: Live life to the fullest!

Craves: Sunshine, the wag of my dog’s tail when I get home from work every day, pickles.

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.

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.

Sarah Jones
Instructor

Location: Greenville, SC

Loves: Coming soon!

Believes: Coming soon!

Craves: Coming soon!