Pole Theatre Canada is part of the Pole Theatre World franchise. Pole Theatre competitions can be found in over 20 countries world wide. 

Pole Theatre Canada will be held on June 19-20, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta at the Timms Centre for the Arts, located on the University of Alberta campus. The local host studio for this competition is Embrace - Pole Art & Fitness.  Competitors are chosen by Pole Theatre founders Maddie Sparkle and Michelle Shimmy based on their application.

Pole Theatre is open to all competitors: national and international, male and female, and single, double, and group entries. Pole Theatre is more than a pole competition; It is an opportunity for pole performers to display their many and varied talents in the creation of a visual spectacular to thrill and inspire their audience.

The focus of this competition is the art of performance. Performers are encouraged to delve deep into their creative consciousness and envision a performance that will astonish and delight. Competitors must nominate one category and division that they wish to enter. A winner will be announced in each category and division, and an overall winner for each division will be announced.


There are 4 categories in the competition:

  • Pole Art - The category of Pole Art is for performances incorporating another style of dance (e.g. lyrical, contemporary, latin, ballet, etc.) to create a performance that is artistic in style. Competitors will be judged on artistry, musicality, and flow.

  • 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 with a beginning, middle, and end.

  • Pole Comedy - The category of Pole Comedy is for performances that incorporate humorous or comedic elements. Competitors will be judged on how well they entertain and engage the audience.

  • Pole Classique - The category of Pole Classique is for performances that celebrate the beauty and art of the sexy and sensual style of pole dance and striptease. Competitors must wear heels for at least part of their performance (minimum 1 minute) and are required to remove at least one item of their costume in this category.

Pole Theatre Canada will be divided into two divisions:

  • Semi-Professional - A Semi-Professional applicant is anyone who has not placed in the top 3 in a national or international competition.


  • Professional - A Professional applicant may have placed in the top 3 in a national or international competition, is a touring pole athlete, or otherwise classifies as a professional pole dancer.