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No pole required. 6-week video course with Siberian acrobat Mari Simak. Now available for instant lifetime access.

Course Introduction

Mari incorporating acrobatics into one of her many 1st place pole performances

Mari Simak is a professional acrobat who has also won numerous pole competitions, both in her native Siberia and in the USA, where she now resides. She has spent the past decade training adults and children in a wide variety of disciplines, including acrobatics, aerial hoop, flexibility, and pole.

Balance. Flexibility. Strength. Coordination. Part of the PPU core curriculum, Principles of Movement shows you how to safely and efficiently develop these crucial physical competencies, which are truly the basis for all pole techniques.

You do not need a pole for this course, and there are no minimum requirements. The 6-week program was released May 7 and is now available for instant lifetime access.

What is it ?

Just like an online college course. where the videos are pre-recorded and everything is already set up for you. So you can start whenever you’re ready, and work through the lessons at your own pace. And it’s lifetime access, so you can re-do the lessons as many times as you like.

Who is it for ?

Principles of Movement is designed for three types of students:
  1. Beginner to Intermediate level polers who want the physical skills that will enable them to learn new pole moves more quickly
  2. Those who have never done pole before, but might like to try after they’ve first built a good physical foundation 
  3. Anyone wanting to become more active in life and improve their general alignment while doing everyday activities

What will I learn ?

  • 17+ basic acrobatic tricks with beginner, intermediate, and advanced variations 
  • 12+ combinations and transitions 
  • 12+ strength conditioning exercises 
  • 6 mobility conditioning exercises 
  • 4 coordination conditioning exercises

Some examples :

  • Crow pose
  • Two headstand variation 
  • Straddle sit, L-sit, and eight-angle sit
  • All croc variations
  • Bridges & transitions to/from
  • Temple & chest stand
  • Forearm balances
  • Handstands 
  • Forward & backward rolls
  • Cartwheels 
  • Forward & backward walkover

FAQ's

Mari answers Frequently Asked Questions about the course:

Reviews of PPU Courses

These are student reviews of other Pole Press University courses. To read more, visit the product page for any of our courses that have already been released.

Jackie Edwards
Jackie Edwards
Level Up with Rafaela Montanaro
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I am just about finished Rafaela’s course and can hardly believe myself in what I am achieving here. I am a 58 yr old intermediate/ advanced poler and I can tell you, this course has really helped me to step up my game. I am progressing faster than I was at the studio- which I love too- more space than at home, but Rafaela breaks down the moves so well, you just have to really listen to what she is telling you in every detail and you will soon see results. I can now do Box splits up on the pole, inverted splits, a loads of moves that, when I started I really thought would take so long to get, but I am getting them and will look forward to and hope she does another course sometime….you can count me in! I will take the essentials course as well as I liked the intro video, and I think the new flexibitly course, movement will compliment Rafaela’s very well….and we have these video’sfor life. Well done to all involved.xx
sara anon
sara anon
Essentials №1 with Tara Meyer
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WOW. this class has been amazing for me. i’ve previously taken a floorwork course & have only dabbled when it comes to pole. this was, without a doubt, the next step i needed to really just get started and not feel super scared of the pole. i never previously made the jump, because i always felt very intimidated, but i feel like each lesson was clear and just made me feel comfortable and ready to take on the new moves. if you are a beginner & feel intimidated but still want to learn, *this is the class for you!!*
Mariana Alvarado
Mariana Alvarado
Level Up with Rafaela Montanaro
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I love the structure of the course and that it’s not too intense if you’re more on the intermediate side, but with moves that can be taken up a notch if you’re more advanced. One thing I would like to see in future courses are extended flexibility and strength conditioning exercises, or at least suggestions of extra moves to try. One can obviously make this course their own and add a few things here and there since there is the option to pause the videos or wait to start the next one, but for instance it’d be nice if the flexibility videos were a bit more thorough to make sure you don’t launch into it fully and risk injury. Other than that, I think it’s an excellent option for someone who doesn’t have access to a pole studio for any reason, and wants to progress in their pole journey with a top level instructor like Rafaela.
Nadin Goldag
Nadin Goldag
Essentials №1 with Tara Meyer
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Tara shows every move clearly and performs gracefully. It’s a pleasure to watch her do the moves besides her good teaching.
Diana Isabel Sanchez Paniagua
Diana Isabel Sanchez Paniagua
Level Up with Rafaela Montanaro
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Totally recommended for everyone who wants to improve their strenth and the technique. I also did the essentials course and both complement to each other really well. You have a long-life access to the Pole Press University so I think this is a must have course to do each lesson whenever you want or have any doubt. So excited with the final results after completing both courses!!
Katherine Marlin
Katherine Marlin
Essentials №1 with Tara Meyer
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I’ve learned most of these moves already as a 2+ year beginner pole dancer, but I appreciated how her instructions were easy to follow in an online format. I also loved her combos. It is so important to develop a strong foundation before and DURING the dancing journey. I think this class is something I would come back to over and over.
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