1. Entry is open to anyone aged over 18 years
2. Entry is open to international competitors.
Applications will be selected based on two elements:
1) The applicant's description of their proposed Pole Theatre performance. Please note that your description must contain sufficient information about your proposed performance to allow the video entry judges to understand what you intend to do onstage. DO NOT BE VAGUE OR UNCLEAR. PROVIDE AS MUCH INFORMATION AS YOU CAN.
If you are entering Pole Classique, describe your concept/theme and the ways in which you will create the sensuality and sexiness to suit this category.
If you are entering Pole Comedy, describe the story line or concept and the way you will make your performance humorous and entertaining.
If you are entering Pole Drama, you must include a description of your story, with a beginning, middle and end.
If you are entering Pole Art, you must nominate your chosen dance style and your concept/theme;
2) A video entry of a previous performance, either a live performance or based on the applicant's intended Pole Theatre performance description. Video entries will be judged on pole skill and performance ability.
Video Application Guidelines
Videos must be between 2-3 minutes in length. Longer videos will not be watched beyond 3 minutes.
Video applications will be judged on presentation, pole skill, and performance ability.
Videos MUST be on YouTube or Vimeo. Downloadable files are not accepted. Videos may be ‘unlisted’ on YouTube, but not private.
The title of the video must say that it’s a Pole Theatre application, and must have the applicant’s name and category in the title, e.g. Michelle Shimmy’s application for Pole Comedy, Pole Theatre Sydney 2015.
The description of the video on YouTube or Vimeo must contain the applicant’s proposed performance description, so that the judges can easily refer to it while watching. For example: ”In my proposed performance at Pole Theatre Sydney 2015 in Pole Comedy, I will be portraying a zombie who comes back to life and is elected Prime Minister of Australia to replace the current Prime Minister, and ends up doing a much better job.”
If you are applying for Pole Art, you must state in the description what style of dance you are incorporating into your entry, e.g. lyrical, contemporary, tango, ballet, etc.
Videos must not be edited in any way, other than to cut for length at the beginning or end, not in the middle. No splicing together of different clips is allowed.
Videos must be of good quality with sufficient lighting.
Only one video will be watched per applicant per category. Applicants cannot submit multiple videos, unless they are applying for more than one category, in which case the applicant must submit a new application form, video, and fee for each category applied to.
The video must show only the applicant performing. It is not acceptable to submit a group performance and ask the judges to identify the applicant in the group. Human props are allowed to be in the video if they are being used as human props.
In Pole Classique, applicants must wear heels in their video entry so that the judges can see that they are able to dance in heels.
It is strongly advised that competitors submit a video that matches their chosen category, i.e. if you have chosen to enter Pole Comedy, it is advisable to enter a video of you doing a humorous performance rather than a contemporary lyrical piece. This is so the judges can see that you are capable of comedy. It is also important to make sure you have a balance between tricks and floorwork, and that you demonstrate that you have strong performance skills and have good stage presence, even if your video is filmed in a studio setting. The judges want to see that you are capable of engaging and connecting with an audience.
Props, Costumes, etc
1) Performers are permitted to use any props, sets, costuming, additional performers, sound effects, performance apparatus or footwear, provided that:
A) The space allows for it physically;
B) It can be easily transported on a plane; and
C) It can be set up and completely removed in under 2 minutes.
2)Any use of the above items should be described in the applicant's entry.
Pole Theatre consists of 4 categories. Applicants may select more than one category to enter. Applicants must select one of the following categories per entry, and pay an entry fee for each entry:
1. Pole Art
The category of Pole Art is for performances incorporating another dance style (e.g. lyrical, contemporary, commercial, latin, ballet etc) with an artistic show concept to create a performance that is artistic in style. Contestants will be judged on artistry, musicality and flow. Contestants are expected to create a performance that demonstrates an artistic interpretation of movement and music on the pole.
2. Pole Drama
The category of Pole Drama is for performances that tell a story. Contestants will be expected to build a clear storyline in their performance, with a beginning, middle and end.
3. Pole Comedy
The category of Pole Comedy is for performances that incorporate humorous and comedic elements. Contestants will be judged on how well they entertain and engage the audience.
4. Pole Classique
The category of Pole Classique is for performances that celebrate the beauty and art of the sexy or sensual style of pole dance and striptease. Competitors must wear heels for at least part of their performance (minimum 1 minute). Competitors are required to remove at least one item of their costume in this category. G-strings, pasties etc are permitted in some countries - please check with the Organiser.
Failure to wear heels or failure to remove a costume item will result in an immediate deduction of 5 points per violation (maximum possible deduction is 10 points in total if competitor does not comply with these requirements).G-strings, pasties and similar items are permitted. Genitals must not show at any time. Failure to remove an article of clothing will result in an immediate deduction of points.
Pole Theatre Scandinavia is divided in to two divisions:
Semi- Proffesional - for pole dancers who never have placed 1st in the semi-Proffesional category before. Pole dance instructors can enter Semi-Proffesional provided they have never won an semi-Proffesional category in any previous Pole Theatre Competition. If the competitor has competed in the Professional category in a pole theatre competition before they are not aloud to compete in Semi-pro.
Professional - Anyone who has placed top 3 in a national or international competition, is a touring pole athlete or otherwise classifies as a professional pole dancer.
Terms & Conditions of entry Competitors and performance
1. Competitors must arrive at the venue at their allocated time on the day for rehearsals.
2. Competitors must ensure they have warmed up and stretched properly prior to performing.
3. Competitors must not consume alcohol or any prohibited substance prior to performing.
4. Performances must be between 3.5 and 4.5 min long.
5. Any significant changes to the performance as described in the application stage are not permitted without Organiser approval. Competitors MUST ADVISE the Organiser if there will be a clean up required after their performance, and must gain Organiser approval.
A winner will be announced in each of the 4 categories, in each division. From those 4 winners, an overall winner will be announced in each division.
The overall winner will be the competitor with the highest score based on points awarded.
The overall winner in each division (Pro and Amateur) automatically gains right to participate in Pole Theatre WORLDS in 2020.
Winners in each category (Art, Drama, Comedy, Classique) get permission to apply to Pole Theatre WORLDS
Pole Theatre Ethical Guidelines
With a presence in over 20 countries around the world, Pole Theatre is the largest pole competition in the world. The first Pole Theatre was held in Sydney in October 2013. Since then, Pole Theatre has exploded internationally, and the pole community has evolved and grown. We are committed to our founding vision of allowing artists the creative freedom to bring their artistic vision to life on stage, with as few restrictions on their creativity as possible. Pole Theatre performances are often controversial and and challenge the audience with different perspectives. We believe in the value of providing a platform to allow for artistic expression, creative freedom, and performances that push boundaries. At the same time, it is of the utmost importance that Pole Theatre has guidelines to ensure it is a safe, fair and ethical competition.
Pole Theatre and Censorship Pole Theatre as an organisation does not support the censorship of performances, except in limited circumstances. Outside of these limited circumstances, whether a performance is in good taste or has artistic validity is a matter for individual audience members to decide. As organisers, we remain committed to allowing performers to tell their story in the manner in which they choose, subject to the following limitations and considerations. Banned Subject Matter Pole Theatre will not tolerate performances that are: - Racist (including but not limited to black face) - Homophobic - Likely to incite hatred towards or vilify a minority. Any performances that are deemed by the organisers to fall within the above categories will be required to submit a new performance concept. If on the night, a performance is deemed to fall within one of the above categories by the judges, the performer will be disqualified. If after a Pole Theatre has been held, it is discovered that a performance constitutes a grave breach of these guidelines, a performer may have their titles revoked. Whether a performance constitutes a grave breach of these guidelines will be a matter for the Pole Theatre World team to decide, having regard to any correspondence received from the public and the relevant performer. Decisions made by the Pole Theatre World team will be final. Note: performances that deal with the topics of racism, homophobia or vilification are not banned, but will be considered sensitive content (see below).
Sensitive Content Pole Theatre performances often deal with subject matter that can provoke strong emotional responses from the audience. We believe that audience members at Pole Theatres should feel safe and supported, and be given the opportunity to prepare themselves for performances that may be upsetting or triggering. As a performer, you are required to provide your National Organiser with a detailed description of your performance when you enter Pole Theatre. If your performance concept changes, you must update your National Organiser so that a decision can be made as to whether your concept is appropriate and whether a warning is required. Failure to provide an adequate description of your performance may result in disqualification. If you believe that your performance deals with subject matter that has the potential to cause a strong emotional reaction in your audience, you must advise your National Organiser that a warning will be necessary on the night.
Examples of subject matter that may be considered sensitive and may require a warning include: - Mental health - Sexual assault - Disability - Abuse or torture - Self harming behaviour - Eating disorders - Suicide - Hate speech or strong abusive language - Violence, including domestic violence - Murder or physical assault - Depiction or discussion of discriminatory attitudes or actions, such as racism, sexism, homophobia, prejudice - Drug, alcohol or substance abuse We do not ban performances that relate to the above subject matter. However, we require performers to advise us if their performance relates to the above subject matter. Pole Theatre Content Warning The following content warning will be read out by the MC at the start of each Pole Theatre: “Pole Theatre contains performances that can provoke strong emotions and reactions from the audience. There may be performances that contain content with offensive language, scenes that are graphic or sexual in nature, violent themes, religious references, sexual violence themes, nudity, and other themes that may offend. The performances and themes presented onstage do not represent the views of the Pole Theatre organisers.
We do not censor the performers, except in limited circumstances. As your MC, I will give you a description of each performance prior to the performer taking the stage so that you are aware of the content of the performance and can prepare yourself accordingly. At Pole Theatre, we want performers to have the artistic freedom to tell their stories, and we also want audience members to feel safe and supported. If you feel you need to step outside to avoid seeing a performance that may be distressing for you, please understand that we understand and support your decision to do so. Thank you, and we hope you enjoy the show”.
Cultural appropriation Wikipedia defines cultural appropriation as: “Cultural appropriation, often framed as cultural misappropriation, is a concept in sociology dealing with the adoption of the elements of a minority culture by members of the dominant culture. It is distinguished from equal cultural exchange due to the presence of a colonial element and imbalance of power.” Pole Theatre acknowledges that cultural appropriation has the potential to offend or to upset, even where no offence is intended.
It is difficult for judges and organisers to determine the cultural and/or ethnic makeup of each individual performer, and we acknowledge that the question in itself might be inappropriate or offensive to the performer. Similarly, it is difficult for the judges to recognise whether a performer is part of a dominant or minority culture, or whether a performance would be considered inappropriate or offensive by a member of another culture. Cultural appropriation is not in itself banned by Pole Theatre, however it is important for performers to understand that offence may be caused, and this may impact on the results of the competition, and it may affect the way the performance is received by the public. If you are concerned that your performance might not be appropriate, please seek guidance from your National Organiser, but be aware that your National Organiser may not be able to give you a definitive answer as to whether your performance constitutes cultural misappropriation. The onus is on the competitor to research their own theme and to be satisfied that they are presenting their performance in an appropriate manner. Some examples of cultural appropriation to avoid include: - Native American headdresses - Traditional or indigenous costumes - Dressing up as a different race Questions or comments Pole Theatre and its organisers take these issues very seriously. Any reports of this behavior should be reported immediately to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pole Theatre Scandinavia reserves one spot in each division and category for national competitors.