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!