General Information for Pole Theatre Eligibility

1. Entry is open to anyone aged over 18 years

2. Entry is open to international competitors
3. Entry is open to all male and female competitors

4. Entry in the Competitor Division is by video entry, and is open to Semi Pro & Professionals,

5. Levels are graded in accordance to the Australian National Competition Eligibility Standards, found here:

6. Groups may enter into Semi Pro or Professional. They must enter into the category of the highest achieving performer in the group in accordance to the National Competition Eligibility Standards.

Applications will be selected based on two elements:

a) The entrant'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.

It is not compulsory for the video submitted to be of the entrant’s intended performance, but be aware that it will assist the judges to understand the entrant’s vision if it is.


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;


b) A video entry of a previous performance, either a live performance or based on the competitors intended Pole Theatre performance description (preferred). Video entries will be judged on the same criteria as the judging criteria for the final, except that video entries will not be judged on costume. 

Videos must be a single take, and not clips edited together. Videos must be 3 min max. 

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 
(so that international competitors are not disadvantaged); 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

Competitors & 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 and 4 mins long. All performances that exceed 4 minutes will have their music cut on the night and lose points.

  5. You must notify the Organisers by email of any significant changes to your planned performance no later than 2 weeks before the date of the final. Any significant changes to the performance after that date are not permitted without Organiser approval.

  6. Judging criteria will be sent out to all successful competitors.

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. 


Failure to incorporate another style of dance will result in an immediate 5 point deduction.

2. Pole Drama

The category of Pole Drama is for performances that tell a story. Competitors will be expected to build a clear storyline in their performance. The story must be clear. It is not enough to choose a theme or a motif. The story must have a premise, development and conclusion.


For example, stating “My story will be about love and loss” will not be sufficient. A better entry would be more explicit in describing the storyline, for example: “My story will be about a young woman who is in love with someone who doesn’t love her back. She attempts to reach that person physically and emotionally, but they remain untouchable in spite of her efforts. Ultimately, she realises she must accept rejection, and in doing so she learns that she must face her own demons to be able to move forward and find happiness. My story will finish when she steps forward out of the darkness and into the light, representing that she is resolved to move forward and be strong on her own.”

In the above second description, the storyline is clear and the judges will be able to see if the competitor has effectively conveyed their message to the audience.


Failure to have a clear storyline with will result in a low or zero point scoring in the “storyline development” category (worth 10 points).

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 performers that celebrate the beauty and art of sexy/sensual style pole dance and striptease. Contestants must wear heels for at least part of their performance (minimum 1 minute). Contestants are required to remove at least one item of their costume in this category. G-strings, pasties etc are permitted. 


Failure to wear heels or failure to remove a costume item will result in an immediate deduction of 5points per violation (maximum possible deduction is 10 points in total if competitor does not comply with these requirements).

To enter view the judging criteria for each category click here.

Not sure what category to enter?

watch our "categories defined" video to get more info/examples:

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.

Waiver of liability

  1. The competitors acknowledge and accept that Pole Dance Academy, its owners, staff (the Organisers) and The (Venue) staff and owners (“Venue Related Parties”) are not responsible for injury or damage resulting from participation in the competition, including the competitors’ arrival and departure from the competition.

  2. The competitors acknowledge that pole dance is a dangerous activity and as such the competitors voluntarily accept the risks associated in participating in the competition.

  3. The competitors waive to the full extent permitted by law all legal rights of action against and fully releases the Venue and Venue Related Parties and the Organisers and Related Parties for the loss, damages, or injury howsoever arising out of or in relation to the participation by the competitors in the activities conducted or organised by the Organisers and Related Parties including without limitation, liability for any negligent or tortious act or omission, breach of duty, breach of contract or breach of statutory duty on the part of the Organisers or Related Parties


  1. Competitors are aware that they will be photographed or videoed during their performance, and that the event may be livestreamed.

  2. The competitor acknowledges that photos or video may be published by the Organisers.

  3. The competitor releases all rights or claims over any photos or videos, and acknowledges that such material is the property of and can be used by the Organisers for promotional or other uses, without compensation to the competitor.

  4. Competitors may film their own performances and post 15 second clips to social media. Competitors may post their full performances publicly 8 weeks after the event is over, but not before.




Pole Theatre Sydney 2018

Pole Dance Academy: Alexandria. Bondi Junction. Crows Nest.

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