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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.


Maria O’Shaughnessy

Owner

Maria has always looked for different ways to stay healthy and active and has enjoyed different types of fitness routines. Once she discovered Barre, it brought her back to her days of standing at the ballet barre – she was hooked.  She was born and raised in New York and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from St. John’s University.  Maria lives in Mount Pleasant with her husband, Patrick, and children Matthew and Kaylee.

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.

Nancy Meyer
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

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
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

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.

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.

Teresa Cruse
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.

Jessica Silver
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.

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

Laura Parks
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Loves: The ability to connect with anyone in the studio, no matter how much you know about each other. We all have the love for a good shake in common!

Believes: Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. -Dr. Seuss

Craves: Adventures with my husband and two golden retrievers, shell collecting, champagne, and sprinkles!

Angie Keefe
Instructor

Location: Charleston, 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!)

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.

Carmen Mercer
Instructor

Location: Charleston, SC

Loves: I love the feeling of empowerment, positivity, and burn (in the best way!) that is felt upon walking into the doors of Barre Evolution. The clients and staff create a community that can’t be matched!

Believes:“Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.” – Andrew Iskander

Craves: Peanut butter, red wine, shark tooth hunting, and all things sunshine