No pole required. 6-week video course with Siberian acrobat Mari Simak. Instant lifetime access after purchase.

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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. 

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


Mari answers Frequently Asked Questions about the course:

Student Reviews


You can read all the reviews for this course here.

Justine D.
Justine D.
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Great introduction to acrobatic tricks! I have started the course a few weeks ago and I really enjoy it. Mari is a very good teacher and explains every movement so you can understand what you have to do in order to get the trick. Depending on your previous experience and strength, it can take you way more than 6 weeks to get through the course!
Kelly S.
Kelly S.
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I enjoyed the course and am still going back to keep working on some of the movements. Instructor explains the techniques fairly well for you to be able to follow!
Shelley B.
Shelley B.
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Good at home training. I have really enjoyed the principles of movement class. I have learned a lot from this course and have grown so much.

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