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Pole Theatre Franchise is © of Pole Dance Academy.

Pole Theatre Canada 2019 is organized by Embrace - Pole Art & Fitness

Application Rules

Please read and ensure you fully understand the rules and regulations before applying. Please email poletheatrecanada@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.



1. Entry is open to anyone aged over 18 years. Any entrants aged 16-17 are permitted to enter Pole Art, Pole Comedy, or Pole Drama with express written consent from a parent or guardian. Entrants under 18 are not permitted to enter Pole Classique, even with parental consent.

2. Entry is open to national and international competitors.




Applicants will be selected based on two elements:

1. The entrant's description of their proposed Pole Theatre performance.

2. A video entry of a previous performance, either a live performance or based on the competitor's intended Pole Theatre performance description. 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.

Applications will be evaluated and competitors will be selected by Pole Theatre accredited judges.  Applications are due by 11:59 pm MST on January 31, 2020.

Video Entry Guidelines


1. Videos must be 2-3 minutes in length. Longer videos will not be watched beyond 3 minutes.

2. Video entries will be judged on presentation, pole skill, and performance ability.

3. Videos MUST be on YouTube or Vimeo.  Downloadable files are not allowed. Videos may be on the unlisted setting on YouTube, but not private.

4. The title of the video on YouTube must say that it is a Pole Theatre entry, and must include the entrant's name, division, and category. For example: Michelle Shimmy's Professional entry in Pole Comedy, Pole Theatre Canada 2020

5. The description of the video on YouTube or Vimeo must contain the entrant's proposed performance description (so that the judges can easily refer to it while watching). For example: In my proposed performance at Pole Theatre Canada 2018 in Pole Comedy, I will be portraying a zombie who comes back to life and is elected Prime Minister of Canada to replace the current Prime Minister, and ends up doing a much better job".


6. If you are entering Pole Art, you must state in the description what style of dance you are incorporating into your entry (e.g. lyrical, contemporary, tango, etc.)


7. Videos MUST NOT be edited in any way and must be filmed in one single take (i.e. no splicing together of different clips).


8. Videos must be of good quality with sufficient lighting.


9. Only one video will be viewed per entrant, per category. Entrants cannot submit multiple videos, unless they are entering more than one category and wish to provide a different video for each category entered.


10. The video must show only the entrant performing. It is not acceptable to submit a group performance and ask the judges to identify the entrant in the group. Human props are allowed in the video if they are being used as human props.


11. In Pole Classique, entrants must wear heels in their video entry so that the judges can see that they are able to dance in heels.


12. 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 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 and Costume

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 feasibly/theoretically 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 Canada is 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.

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 the applicant's level/experience. If the judges are made aware that you have applied in the incorrect division before the finalist are decided, the judges will move you to the correct division.


Pole Theatre consists of 4 categories. There will be 4 competitors in each category. Applicants may select more than one category to entire. Applicants must select one of the following categories to enter per entry, and pay an entry fee for each entry:

Pole Art

The category of Pole Art is for performances incorporating another dance style (e.g. lyrical, contemporary, commerical, latin, ballet, etc.) to create a performance that is artistic in style. Competitors shall submit a theme, and will be judged on how effectively they interpret their theme through their chosen dance style. Competitors will be judged on artistry, musicality, and flow. Competitors are expected to create a performance that demonstrates an artistic interpretation of their theme through movement, dance, and music on the pole.


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

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 realizes 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.

Pole Comedy

The category of Pole Comedy is for performances that incorporate humorous and 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 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. Pasties are allowed. Genitalia and the gluteal cleft must be covered at all times (g-strings are not permitted).

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).

judging rubric

Competitors will be judged on the following criteria for both the application videos and the live competition:


Pole Art

  • Costume & Theme

  • Pole Skill

  • Appropriateness of Music Choice & Musical Interpretation

  • Dance & Floor Work

  • X-Factor & Stage Presence

Pole Drama

  • Costume & Theme

  • Pole Skill

  • Movement & Use of Stage

  • Storyline Development

  • X-Factor & Stage Presence

Pole Comedy

  • Costume & Theme

  • Pole Skill

  • Movement & Use of Stage

  • Incorporation of Comedic Elements & Audience Engagement

  • X-Factor & Stage Presence

Pole Classique

  • Costume & Theme

  • Pole Skill

  • Appropriateness of Music Choice & Musical Interpretation

  • Incorporation of Striptease and Sexy/Sensual Style Movement into Pole and Floor Work

  • X-Factor & Stage Presence

Competition & 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 to 4.5 minutes long.

5. Any significant changes to the performance as described in the application stage are not permitted without Organizer approval. Competitors MUST ADVISE the Organizer if there will be a clean up required after their performance, and must gain Organizer approval.