Levels & divisions
Pole Theatre Canada is divided into two divisions:
Semi-Professional: The Semi-Professional division is for competitors who have not won first place in the Semi-Professional level of a Qualifying Competition, and who have not competed in the Professional division of a Qualifying Competition.
Professional: The Professional division is for competitors who have won first place in the Semi-Professional division of a Qualifying Competition, or have previously competed in the Professional division of a Qualifying Competition.
What is a Qualifying Competition?
Pole Theatre recognizes that there are many pole competition all around the world, which are run with varying degrees of professionalism and standards.
We recognize that many of these competitions are social competitions which are social in nature and are primarily intended to be a fun experience for local competitors seeking a chance to perform on stage. Such competitions may be extremely well-organised and executed, but are not necessarily intended to be “serious competitions”, as they are primarily for fun. They may be competitions organised by a studio for their students, they may be end of year performance opportunities, or competitions run in nightclubs for a cash prize. The primary purposes of these competitions include entertainment and fun. Pole Theatre classifies such competitions as Social Competitions.
Other competitions are established with the primary purpose of ranking the selected finalists in order to award titles, with competitors scored by qualified judges against established and clearly set out judging criteria. Pole Theatre considers such competitions to be Qualifying Competitions.
Winning a social competition does not affect the competitor's ability to select a division when entering Pole Theatre. For example, a competitor has won a regional Pole Sport Organization competition, they are still eligible to enter Pole Theatre in the Semi-Professional division.
The features of a Qualifying Competition may include the following:
It is held in a professional venue such as a theatre, hall, or a sports convention
There is a judging panel of qualified judges
Finalists had to submit entries for judging in order to be selected to compete, or qualify to compete
Entries are accepted on a regional, state, national, or international basis
The judging criteria has a focus on technical pole skill, including level of difficulty
Titles and prizes are awarded (e.g. certificates, sashes, trophies, or other awards)
It is generally considered a "serious" competition
It is is recognized by other competition organizers and competitive pole dancers as more than a social competition
In deciding whether a competition is a Qualifying Competition, the Pole Theatre team will have regard to:
Publicly available information about the competition
Discussions with the organizer of the competition
Discussions with the relevant Pole Theatre National Organizer
Discussion with previous competitors in the competition
Any other matters the Pole Theatre team considers relevant
Decisions made by the Pole Theatre World team on the status of a competition are final.
Which Division Should I Enter?
Applicants must decide which division they are submitting to, but can be moved up or down on the online judges’ discretion if placement is found to be in conflict with applicant’s level/experience. If the judges are made aware that you have applied in the incorrect division before the finalists are decided, the judges will move you to the correct division. Anyone who has been found to have entered the wrong division after the finalists have been announced will be not be allowed to compete. If you are unsure as to which division to enter, please contact your national Pole Theatre organizer.
If you are made a reserve, you will be given at least 30 days notice if a finalist drops out. If you are a reserve but do not end up competing in the finals, then you can enter that same category again the following year, provided you still satisfy the division rules.