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PSO Online Highlight: Misty Austin

PSO Online Highlight: Misty Austin

PSO Online is an online lessons website where you can watch instructional videos of your favorite instructors and keep up your skills while studios are closed.

In 2016, Dr. Misty Rose Austin started Pole Art Athletics as the first pole teacher training program focused on dance science. With increasing demands from combined pole/aerial studios, the curriculum expanded to Vertical Art Athletics in 2019 to be more inclusive of our art form. With her knowledge as a performing arts physical therapist, she created the vertical art athletics curriculum to provide pole dancers, aerial artists, & teachers with the knowledge they need to progress quickly & safely. Her love for performing arts and understanding of human movement gives her a unique perspective as fitness professional.

Pole & aerial fitness instructors are responsible for the physical safety of their participants. Her innovative teacher training program trains instructors to customize their classes, to allow for all participants to safely learn & enjoy the experience. The series of courses provide opportunities for instructors to focus on a specialty area or to continue exploring a variety of training methods. Her goal is to create high quality pole & aerial fitness instructors through her series of courses, to inspire pole & aerial instructors to be the best they can, without their participants losing a day to injury.


Misty Austin of Vertical Art Athletics takes you through the science of pole dance.

What you'll get:

  • Lessons from a physical therapist to teach you about the science behind your favorite movements.

  • In-depth instruction on safe and effective progressions.

  • Topics covered include: hip mobility, training in heels, pole levers, handsprings, and deadlifts.