Barre Nation

Barre Nation is Summerville’s first boutique barre studio operating since January 2021. 

Formerly operating in downtown Charleston as Raising the Barre, owner and instructor, Nicole Pridgen,​ ​ was trained in New York in 2010 where she fell in love with the traditional method of ballet barre classes. Returning home to Charleston, she taught locally until she eventually opened her own part time studio. After teaching in a part time manner for over a decade in Charleston, a desire bubbled up in her to build and run her own full time barre studio. Seeing a need in Summerville for a high quality barre studio, Nicole and her family packed up their four kids, two cats, and took a leap of faith to move to Summerville. ​​And hence, Barre Nation was born! 

 Barre Nation is Summerville’s first boutique barre studio operating since January 2021. 

Formerly operating in downtown Charleston as Raising the Barre, owner and instructor, Nicole Pridgen,​ ​ was trained in New York in 2010 where she fell in love with the traditional method of ballet barre classes. Returning home to Charleston, she taught locally until she eventually opened her own part time studio. After teaching in a part time manner for over a decade in Charleston, a desire bubbled up in her to build and run her own full time barre studio. Seeing a need in Summerville for a high quality barre studio, Nicole and her family packed up their four kids, two cats, and took a leap of faith to move to Summerville. ​​And hence, Barre Nation was born! 

Who is

Barre Nation?

Barre Nation is Summerville’s boutique barre studio providing elite instruction in traditional ballet barre classes. Combining Pilates, resistance training and ballet, barre strengthens, shapes and tones in a low impact environment fit for any fitness level and all ages. Barre is a full body workout that uses isometric movements, light weights, and your own body weight to tone and strengthen each muscle group. Barre Nation focuses on proper alignment, a strong core, increasing flexibility and feeling stronger with each class. Every class is exciting and combines athletic movements with ballet barre positions to provide a class that is challenging but not overwhelming. We max out our muscles and then provide a thorough stretch to encourage strong, lean and flexible bodies for an overall greater quality of life. Modifications are offered in every class so that all fitness levels can attend with confidence. Cardio and flow classes are part of our regular schedule so you can get the sweat you love and the stretch you crave on a regular basis. We can’t wait to see you at the barre!

Our Mission

In addition to bringing you the best barre workout, we are committed to giving back to our community and the world at large. We give 10% of our profits away and all of our retail products in the studio have an impact on those in need in our city and the nations. We believe we can make a difference as a community and cannot wait to see all those who are impacted at the barre and around the world.

Turning Leaf

Our tshirts are all individually printed in North Charleston at the non profit, Turning Leaf. Turning Leaf is dedicated to creating an opportunity to success after prison by offering a program of group therapy, one-on-one counseling, transitional employment, and job placement. Turning Leaf helps the most vulnerable population have a hope for success and a tangible way to meet their goals for a better future. You can feel GREAT about purchasing a tshirt at Barre Nation that supports these incredible men.

Francis + Benedict

If you’ve stepped into Barre Nation, you are sure to have seen some beautiful skirts hanging from our racks. These skirts are more than beautiful. Francis + Benedict exists to empower and equip skilled Togolese seamstresses by providing them with dignified and sustainable employment. In addition, their profits are used to resource community leaders in Togo, enabling them to continue projects that benefit orphans, widows, and those suffering in poverty.

F+B’s handmade clothing marries American style with West African wax print textiles in order to create fashion-forward apparel for the modern woman.

Their aim is to make a lasting global impact by using a  love for people and fashion to change communities… One outfit at a time. All of the skirts you see in the studio are samples for fitting purposes. If you want to purchase your very own F+B skirt, you can do so at our website: https://francisandbenedict.com/barrenation

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Magdalene House

The Magdalene House is a recovery home for women located right here in Summerville. Magdalene House offers residents a safe, disciplined, and compassionate community  that stands as a witness to the truth that in the end, love is the most powerful force. These amazing women handcraft beautiful jewelry that is sold in the studio, making great gifts that support a wonderful mission.

Magdalene House of Charleston