I fell in love with barre on accident when my friend talked me into trying a new client special with her at a boutique barre in Charlotte. Before, I thought of it as a very easy workout that I wasn’t going to get much from, but I immediately fell in love with the way we constantly moved throughout the workout, how it changed my muscles in a completely different way and for the better. I took a break from instructing but really missed it and wanted to create my own brand of workout combining with the community and creating an event experience. Then my brand, Barre POPT, was born. I’m excited to be part of the Barre Intensity family where they recognize great instructors and the uniqueness of what each instructor can develop from their training.
Originally a small town girl from West Virginia, who discovered she's really a Cali girl at heart, now calling Charlotte home.
Movement has always been a part of Shawna's life, growing up she was a cheerleader and then she found her passion for dance. She danced on her high school dance line and then with worship dance teams after graduation. Shawna was honored to choreograph most of the pieces during her time on her West Virginia worship dance team, allowing her to find her voice through movement. Then she moved into modern dance when she joined the a worship dance team in San Diego.
After she stopped dancing Shawna fell in love with ballet-based barre workouts after searching for a way to stay active after a cross-country move to San Diego in 2007. Shawna spent 6 years at the barre as a client, enjoying the of mix of cardio & sculpting each class had to offer! A 2013 move back to the East Coast prompted her to follow her dreams and open a barre franchise of her own to share her love of barre with others. It was during this time Shawna realized her love of being in the studio, teaching and educating others. With the studio ownership chapter behind her, Shawna now focuses on teaching barre classes and is pursuing her comprehensive Pilates certification.
Shawna loves to create fun, challenging workouts that keep her clients on their toes while channeling their inner ballerina!
Yvette brings her experience in dance and competitive fitness to lead a fun, challenging barre workout. She is passionate about sharing her love for fitness and exploring new movements while challenging the mind and body through fitness.