Moe Banks fell in love with dance as a child and has made movement an important part of her life ever since. Moe was invited to dance with Ballet Theatre South in 1993. She then danced and performed with the Southern Mississippi Repertory Dance Company. In 2003, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance. She has taught dance since 2004. Since then, she has had the opportunity to instructor and choreograph for competitions throughout the Gulf Coast. Moe was introduced to Pilates in 1999 as a young dancer and returned to a regular Pilates practice in 2015. Returning to Pilates as an adult sparked a desire to deepen her movement knowledge as a Pilates instructor and for its applications in the dance studio, and in 2017, she began her Balanced Body apprenticeship under Master Instructor Susan Clark.
Kathleen Carter, a Pensacola native, began her dance training at Pensacola School of Ballet with Anthea Nader in 1995. She joined the sister company, the Emerald Coast Ballet, in 1997 and danced at the Senior level until its closure in 2008. In 2000, she joined the Northwest Florida Ballet as an Apprentice to the Company and studied under Ballet Mistress, Dorothy Lister. She has attended several summer intensives including workshops at Pensacola State College, the Northwest Florida Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. She has been teaching dance since 2005 and has had students of all ages and levels. Kathleen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Writing with a minor in Public Relations from the University of West Florida
Kathleen completed her 200 hour Hatha Yoga Certification through URU Yoga and Beyond under the tutelage of Rebecca Sathre and Tammy Virchow Urbansky in 2015. Kathleen is comprehensively trained through Balanced Body under the tutelage of Susan Clark at Pure Pilates, and completed her Pilates Method Alliance certification in 2018. Kathleen is a staunch advocate for the physical and mental benefits of a regular movement practice and enjoys guiding her students in all disciplines of movement through a strong and steady flow that focuses on fluid transitions, powerful stamina, proper alignment, and injury prevention/rehabilitation.
Yoga & TRX Certified
Roxanne began her fitness career in Biloxi, Mississippi in 2003 coaching for a US Olympics Sanctioned boxing club where she earned licensing for office timekeeping and points scoring for US Boxing matches. In 2005, she discovered Yoga for Youth Sivananda Yoga School and began her studies to teach hatha yoga. She traveled to the Bahamas to study asana (movement), pranayama (breath), auto suggestion (self-guided mediation), and children's yoga. She began teaching yoga in 2009, and in 2018, she began her Pilates teacher training. In 2018, Roxanne also became TRX certified. In addition to Pilates, she teaches TRX and general fitness for regaining body control. Roxanne enjoys jiujitsu and roller skating. Her primary goal in teaching is to find movements that free an individual to engage in their chosen sport, work, or hobby with pleasure.
Katy Olsen, MFA
Katy Olsen began her fitness journey as a dance student at Ballet Pensacola under the direction of Patsy Hill, Debbie Parrish, and Nannette Grimm. At the White Mountain Summer Dance workshop in Massachusetts, she was able to take Pilates and yoga for the first time and quickly fell in love. After graduating with honors from the Ohio State University dance department, Katy returned home to teach at Ballet Pensacola for two years before going back to school to earn an MFA in Arts Administration from the University of Alabama.
After spending ten years as an arts marketing professional in Montgomery and Birmingham, Katy moved back to Pensacola to be closer to family and reconnect to a healthy lifestyle. She is currently a Pilates Apprentice at Pure Pilates, studying under Susan Clark, and a dance instructor at the PACE Dance Studio. In 2018, Katy became a GYROTONIC® Apprentice under Specialized Master Trainer Anjali Austin and became a certified GYROTONIC® instructor in 2019.
Beth has been sporadic about working out her whole life. Honestly, she never LOVED working out, but she loved the way she looked and felt enough to put forth the effort intermittently. She would go for a couple of years without working out, then become almost obsessive about working out for 6-9 months and then lose interest again. It was a cycle of frustration and compulsion. A major reason she'd loose interest is because she couldn’t find a balance between the things she wanted to do and being in the gym four to five days a week. In 2015, Beth decided to try Pilates and, honestly, expected the cycle to play itself out after a few months when she would go back to being a discouraged couch potato again. But this time was different; Beth looked and felt better in an incredibly short period of time, so she stayed motivated. And, Beth's my amazement, she could get a full-body workout and maintain her physique in just two to three hours a week. This was a life changer. Beth no longer had to dedicate 12-15 hours a week to the gym. If she went on vacation or life got hectic for a few weeks, she didn’t feel like she had lost so much progress that she was starting all over at square one. Almost five years later, Beth is still at it, the cycle has broken.
It was so life changing that Beth started proselytizing the miracle of Pilates to everyone she knew. And a few complete strangers too. Beth was also going through a transitional period in her life and needed to make some career decisions after 20 years as a stay at home mom. Beth realized she wanted to do something she was passionate about. Something that fulfilled her love of teaching and zeal for Pilates was the logical decision. It turns out that the only thing Beth loves more than Pilates is teaching Pilates.
Rica has been teaching groups and private Pilates classes since January 2018 at both Gulf Breeze and Downtown Pensacola locations of Pure Pilates.
She was introduced to Pilates in 2014, after her doctor recommended it to help with her back pain from mild scoliosis realizing “What a difference after a week!”
After two years of taking Pilates she decided to take her passion to the next level and become an instructor apprentice. Following completion of different classes in apprentice training she became qualified to teach both “Mat” and “Equipment” Pilates at any level.
Rica has been a Certified Zumba Instructor since 2012. Through Zumba she was able to combine her passion for dance and volunteering and she went on to organize several Zumba for charity events.
When she teaches Pilates, “it is all about feeling better and improving precision, control, stretching and the mind-body connection.”
Personal practice is very important to Rica, you will see her at both studios not just teaching but taking classes as well.
BASI Pilates Certified
Jane Wilkins is a 2010 BASI Pilates comprehensive certified instructor in both mat and equipment who has been enjoying working at Pure Pilates since its' first location opened in GB. In 2003, Jane started taking Pilates classes after running for many years and competing in marathons and triathlons. Pilates added a new dimension to her training and really changed her body from the inside out. Jane quickly saw the benefits of a Pilates practice and decided to pursue a certification in it.
An avid enthusiast of the practice, Jane has received additional trainings in Balanced Body Barre and Balanced Body MOTR. Jane attended Pilates on Tour in July 2018 and enjoyed workshops specializing in Core Stability Advancements and Applications to Pilates Reformer, A Movement Science Approach to Preventing and Restoring Shoulder Dysfunction, and The First Session. Currently, Jane is enjoying practicing GYROTONIC® to add another dimension to her own personal practice. Jane loves the mind body connection that Pilates offers and is so happy to introduce Pilates to clients.