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"The arts are a challenging and under-appreciated field. However, I believe very deeply in the importance of creative work for individuals/communities and for social change. We need more art in the world - not merely for entertainment, but for the well-being of our communities, to reconnect to the self, and to foster a more universal and inclusive language. Being an artist is a constant risk, but one that is well worth the moments of inspiration that allow us to create, perform, share, teach and inspire."
-- Ruth McConnell, owner
Pole Instructor Certification
To take this course, you should have wide knowledge of pole moves and currently be working near or at an advanced level
Live trainings are sixteen hours over two days
Receive your Certificate of Completion after passing your post-training written and practical exam
Bring home our extensive training manual
Earn 1.6 ACE CECs or 15 AFAA CECs!
Approved by ACE, AFAA, the PFA and the PDC!
ACE approved Home study course available
Live trainings available internationally
As always, our course is provided in a professional, loving, supportive, and non- judgmental atmosphere for new as well as seasoned teachers!
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Live Training (currently unavailable)
Become more confident in your teaching skills!
This dynamic, sixteen-hour training (over two days) consists of lecture, group exercises, demonstrations, hands-on learning activities, and practical teaching experiences. Each participant will receive an extensive training manual and will leave the training with a newfound confidence in their teaching skills. Students will need to pass a five-page written and extensive practical exam to receive their certificate. Testing is not part of the 16 hour weekend; it occurs after you have returned home.
~ Six Student Minimum is Required ~
Home Study Course ($550 anytime / Buddy Online $1000)
The home study program was designed for the independent and self-motivated learner. It is available for those who can not travel to a live training. It consists of a color 70-page manual which contains numerous self-led learning activities, an answer key, a pacing guide, a copy of the PFA Visual Dictionary, and a copy of the test. You will also receive two hours worth of video education on DVD (also provided on Vimeo upon request) to supplement the text. Please note that these are amateur-shot HD videos. The information in the manual and videos is identical to what you would receive at a live training. These materials will be mailed to your home. In addition, complementary Skype sessions are available to aid in your learning.
Once you have finished studying, you will need to submit a written exam, a lesson plan, videos of yourself teaching (can be yourself just teaching to the video camera), and pictures of yourself in advanced inverted moves displaying progressions and suspensions. YouTube, Facebook, Email, or other video sharing services can be used to share your testing materials over the internet. You can email or even snail-mail your submissions if that is preferable. Some polers can finish their course and testing over a week, while others opt to take up to a year.
Anatomy & Safety
Muscle Awareness.– Primary muscles used for pole moves.
The Rotator Cuff & Scapular Stabilizers. Conditioning & Safety
Wrist/Hand/Forearm Anatomy. Conditioning/Safety
Knee Anatomy. Conditioning/Safety
Proper Alignment/Form/Posture. Posture analysis & cues
Stretching - 5 types with focus on dynamic stretching
Robust section on Spotting Techniques
Injury - Types/Prevention
PFA Terminology & Communication/Cueing
Deconstruction of Movement: – ABCs, Add-ons, Tips, Modifications
Suspensions & Slow-Motion
Inversion Readiness Tests
Techniques For Teaching Inversions
Face Toward, Face Away
Inside Your Classroom
Classroom Management: Common Concerns & Solutions
Teacher as Role-Model
Class Body/Timing chart
Putting It All Together
Sample Lesson Plan
Lesson Plan Template
Conditioning Tutorial & Alignment Look-Fors
Required: Beginner Skills
Slides to the floor
Basic pole sit
Step and hook
Strength building exercises
Step around (Squat spin/Dip Spin)
Two handed simple spins (Fireman, Front Hook, Back Hook)
Required: Intermediate Pole Skills
Inside/outside leg hangs
Inverted thigh hold
Cross knee release
Recommended: Advanced Pole Skills
Aysha (split, forearm, or elbow grip)
Inverted Strong Hold (Brass Monkey)