As a former classical ballet dancer, certified yoga instructor, Kinesiology graduate, barre instructor, and a certified Pilates instructor, Banks Cooney has intrinsic knowledge of the body, and how movement can transform the bodies health and well being through exercise. Banks started her formal dance training at The Alabama Ballet. She danced on scholarship as an apprentice with The Next Generation Ballet in Tampa, Florida. She was in the ensemble with The Miami City Ballet. She danced on a full scholarship at The University of Arizona and continued her career with Ballet Austin. While dancing all over the U.S. Banks formed a love and appreciation for Pilates. Doing Pilates on a regular basis she found that her chronic problems and pains were no longer an issue, she was able to train and perform at a higher level. Banks enjoys all forms of exercise, but feels the staple of true core and strength in mind and body connection is in the Pilates practice.