Go Team PTUSA!

Let's bring home the gold!

Did you know, at the first ever Pole Theatre World, held in Prague in October 2016, the title of Pole Theatre World Professional Division Overall Champion went to Steven Retchless, and Pole Theatre World Semi-Professional Division Overall Champion went to Jamie Wagner.

Steven and Jamie both qualified by winning their divisions at Pole Theatre USA – will you be next?



Michelle Shimmy and Maddie Sparkle are two pole dancing sisters from Sydney, Australia.  Together they own the Pole Dance Academy in Sydney. They are the creators of Dance Filthy and Pole Theatre.  They have been pole dancing since 2007 and are amongst the most sought after pole dancers in the world.

Open to all competitors, national and international, male and female, Pole Theatre is more than a pole competition. Pole Theatre 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 on 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 that they wish to enter. A winner will be announced in each category, and an overall winner will also be announced.

Pole Theatre USA will be divided into two divisions; Semi-Pro and Professional. A Semi-Professional applicant is anyone who has not placed top 3 in a national or international competition, and a Professional applicant is anyone who has placed top 3 in a national or international competition, who 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 applicant’s level/experience.

There are four categories in the competition:

  • Pole Art

  • Pole Comedy

  • Pole Drama

  • Pole Classique



pole drama

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” is not 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 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 art

The category of Pole Art is for performances incorporating another dance style (e.g. lyrical, contemporary, commercial, latin, ballet etc) to create performance that is artistic in style. Competitors must 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.



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. G-strings, pasties etc are allowed.
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).


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