Please read and ensure you fully understand the rules and regulations before applying. Please email with any questions or concerns. Competitors will be required to sign a rules and regulations document containing the following information.  Failure to do so will result in disqualification.



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

2. Entry is open to national and international competitors.

3. Applicants must enter the division that suits their level.  Click here to view the division descriptions.




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. 

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.

3. Genitalia and the gluteal cleft must be covered at all times (g-strings are not permitted).  Pasties are allowed.


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. 


Failure to have a clear storyline will result in a low or zero point scoring in the "storyline development" category (worth 15 points).

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.

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 (10 points)

  • Pole Skill (10 points)

  • Appropriateness of Music Choice & Musical Interpretation (10 points)

  • Dance & Floor Work (15 points)

  • X-Factor & Stage Presence (10 points)

Pole Drama

  • Costume & Theme (10 points)

  • Pole Skill (10 points)

  • Movement & Use of Stage (10 points)

  • Storyline Development (15 points)

  • X-Factor & Stage Presence (10 points)

Pole Comedy

  • Costume & Theme (10 points)

  • Pole Skill (10 points)

  • Movement & Use of Stage (10 points)

  • Incorporation of Comedic Elements & Audience Engagement (15 points)

  • X-Factor & Stage Presence (10 points)

Pole Classique

  • Costume & Theme (10 points)

  • Pole Skill (10 points)

  • Appropriateness of Music Choice & Musical Interpretation (10 points)

  • Incorporation of Striptease and Sexy/Sensual Style Movement into Pole and Floor Work (15 points)

  • X-Factor & Stage Presence (10 points)

terms & conditions of entry


Competition 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 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.

  6. Competitors must adhere to the rules of the venue.

Waiver of Liability

  1. The competitors acknowledge and accept that Pole Theatre National Organizer and its owners and staff (the Organizers) their directors, instructors, employees, agents, landlords, leases or franchises (“Related Parties”) and Pole Theatre venue and its owners and staff (Venue) their directors, instructors, employees, agents, landlords, leases or franchisees (“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 fullest extent permitted by law all legal rights of action against and fully releases the Venue and Venue Related Parties and the Organizers 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 Organizers 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 Organizers or Related Parties. 

Photos & Videos

  1. Competitors are aware that they may be photographed or videoed during their performance. 

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

  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 Organizers for promotional or other uses, without compensation to the competitor.

  4. Competitors may film their own performances, provided it does not interfere with the photographers and other spectators, and are free to use them as they see fit.