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!

Meet Our Team

Nicole Pridgen

Owner/Instructor Nicole is the heart and soul for making Barre Nation more than just physical fitness. With 15+ years of experience in the wellness industry, she successfully opened and operated a barre studio in Charleston, SC in 2012. In 2021 she began a new chapter, opening an impact barre studio built around giving back to the nations, hence its name, Barre Nation. Her passion for people flows from all that she does and Barre Nation is no exception. Nicole uses her influence to build others up, challenge them to reach for more, and to extend grace to themselves along the way.

When she’s not at the barre, you can find her chasing her four children, eating chips and salsa, playing at the beach, or reading a book.

Katie Arnold

Katie took her first barre class in 2018 when she moved to Charleston, and fell in love immediately! She is originally from Michigan and grew up playing sports year round. From volleyball, track, soccer, and a couple years of ballet, Katie has been keeping herself active for 20 + years. Her favorite part about barre is how confident and beautiful she feels at the end of each class. She met her husband, Jake, in Africa on a missions trip 7 years ago, and has been married for 3 years. They have a Goldendoodle named Stella, who they adore! Katie is finishing up her licensing to become a real estate agent, and loves to bake, camp, hike and host friends for evening dinners and charcuterie.

Hannah Welsh

Hannah is a Summerville native and a Clemson University graduate. She grew up taking classical ballet from first grade to tenth grade. Since then, she’s been all over the fitness map. The most enduring of these have been running and a recent discovery of Crossfit, but she has missed feeling like and training like a dancer. Her favorite thing about barre is the feeling of accomplishment when you wake up sore the day after a class. She is a music fanatic, a thrift store devotee, a one-time philosophy minor, and is always looking for the funny side of life. Her favorite movie is Shrek 2 and she has strong opinions about coffee.

Alexis Hallissey

Alexis has been moving her body to music for as long as she can remember. Born and raised in Delaware, Alexis started ballet training at age 2, continuing to study dance, anatomy, and choreography all the way through high school and college. Her interest in health and wellness brought her to Boston University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. She has practiced dentistry in New Hampshire and Maine for the past 10 years with her husband, Brendan, during which time Alexis re-ignited her love of movement by participating in group fitness. In 2019, Alexis began teaching classes such as barre, cardio barre, core, and glutes.

In January 2021, Alexis and her family moved to Summerville for warmer weather and a new chapter of life centered on family. Three days after arriving in South Carolina, Alexis’s husband encouraged her to take a class at Barre Nation, knowing how much she missed her fitness community up north and how she missed teaching others. She found a home immediately. Alexis finds joy in sharing movement to music with others, in hopes of elevating others to feel confidence, joy, and gratitude in moving their bodies and in nurturing a fruitful mind-body connection.

Tamara Butler

Tamara (rhymes with camera) is a part-time daydreamer and full-time learner who enjoys books, beats and barre. After completing her first half-marathon, she turned to barre for a new challenge. 6 years later, she still finds joy in turning up the music and embracing the shake and burn that barre brings. Tamara believes wellness is a collective and holistic practice—we workout together to strengthen our minds, bodies and each other. This, plus her growing interest in learning new ways to move her body, might explain why she occasionally participates in group workouts: Lyra classes, outdoor kickboxing, aerial yoga, and more. Outside of the studio and her career, Tamara can be found lounging on her couch, hanging out with friends and family or listening to a good podcast while making something artsy or repotting houseplants.

Ashley Dangerfield

Ashley is a native of Charleston, SC and currently lives in Summerville with her husband and fur baby, Chuck! She has had a passion for fitness and ballet from a very young age. By day she works at a local outpatient clinic as a Physical Therapist Assistant.

She graduated from the College of Charleston where she majored in Exercise Science and Minored in dance. After college she was a member at a local gym where she took her very first barre class. She was instantly hooked and loved how she could get a great workout while also reliving her ballet days. Ashley later went on to get certified as a Barre Instructor from Barre Where You Are, Accredited by the American Counsel On Exercise (ACE), The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AfAA).

When not at the barre you can find Ashley walking her handsome Golden retriever, sunbathing at the beach or eating chips and queso at the local Mexican restaurant!

Ashley Butler

Ashley is a South Carolina native and College of Charleston graduate. She studied education and dance and has been teaching dance classes to students in North and South Carolina for more than 20 years. Ashley is a certified group fitness instructor who loves barre because of its many similarities to ballet conditioning. The beautiful long lines and shaking muscles are her favorite parts of class! She is wife to Bowe and mom to Reece, Paxton and Whit. When Ashley is not at the barre you can find her headed to baseball practice or preschool pickup and usually swerving through traffic as she attempts to choreograph a dance while driving!

Erika Ford

Erika never stops learning and evolving as she ages. Working at Oakbrook Middle School she discovered the need for calm within the chaos of everyday life, especially for the teens who have little coping skills for such big feelings. Two decades ago, Erika pursued a career in the fitness field teaching Pilates and personal training solely for the benefits these could provide for one’s body. Today, she is back and diving deep into Barre, Yoga, and Pilates with a fresh perspective on the entire mind-body experience and immeasurable benefits these provide mentally and physically while being ever challenging and low impact. She lives in Summerville with her husband, son, two cats, and a rescue squirrel by the name of Mac. When not on the mat you will find her painting, drinking a peppermint mocha, or sitting on the back porch soaking in the beauty of nature.