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  1. Applications are open to anyone aged over 18 years. Anyone aged 16-18 are permitted to apply for Pole Art, Pole Comedy or Pole Drama with express written consent from a parent or guardian, which must be submitted along with their application. Anyone under 18 are not permitted to apply for Pole Classique, even with parental consent.

  2. Applications are open to national and international competitors.

  3. Applicants can be male or female (or any gender variance), solos, doubles or groups.


Finalists will be selected based on two elements:
A. The applicant’s description of their proposed Pole Theatre performance. Please note that your description must contain sufficient information about your proposed performance to allow the application judges to understand what you plan to do on stage. DO NOT BE VAGUE OR UNCLEAR, PROVIDE AS MUCH INFORMATION AS YOU CAN.

  • If you are entering Pole Classique, describe your concept/theme and the ways in which you will create the sensuality and sexiness to suit this category.

  • If you are entering Pole Comedy, describe the story line or concept and the way you will make your performance humorous and entertaining.

  • If you are entering Pole Drama, you must include a description of your story, with a beginning, middle and end.

  • If you are entering Pole Art, you must explain your chosen dance style and your concept/theme.

B. A video application of a previous performance, either a live performance or based on the applicant’s intended Pole Theatre performance description. Video applications that follow the intended description helps the judges understand the applicant’s vision, but this is not required. Video applications will be judged on pole skill and performance ability.

Video Application Guidelines

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

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

  3. Videos MUST be on YouTube or Vimeo. Downloadable files are not accepted. Videos may be ‘unlisted’ on YouTube, but not private.

  4. The title of the video must say that it’s a Pole Theatre application, and must have the applicant’s name and category in the title, e.g. Michelle Shimmy’s application for Pole Comedy, Pole Theatre Sydney 2015.

  5. The description of the video on YouTube or Vimeo must contain the applicant’s proposed performance description, so that the judges can easily refer to it while watching. For example: ”In my proposed performance at Pole Theatre Sydney 2015 in Pole Comedy, I will be portraying a zombie who comes back to life and is elected Prime Minister of Australia to replace the current Prime Minister, and ends up doing a much better job.”

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

  7. Videos must not be edited in any way, other than to cut for length at the beginning or end, not in the middle. No splicing together of different clips is allowed.

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

  9. Only one video will be watched per applicant per category. Applicants cannot submit multiple videos, unless they are applying for more than one category, in which case the applicant must submit a new application form, video, and fee for each category applied to.

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

  11. In Pole Classique, applicants 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 lyrical 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, costumes, music etc.

  1. Performers are permitted to use any props, sets, costuming, additional performers, sound effects, performance apparatus or footwear, provided that:

    1. the space allows for it physically;

    2. it can feasibly/theoretically be transported on a plane;

    3. it can be set up and completely removed in under 2 minutes; and

  2. Any use of the above items should be described in the application.

  3. No hazardous materials (i.e. glass, flammables, or other items that can create dangerous conditions on stage) will be allowed. This includes liquids and powders that can make the stage slippery for the next competitor.

  4. Performances/music must be between 3.5 and 4.5 minutes long.


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

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.

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 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), although competitors may request special permission to not wear heels if it is required for the theme and dance style (i.e. a male competitor performing a “Magic Mike” style performance in sneakers.) Not wearing heels should be mentioned in the application, and must be approved by the organizer. Competitors are required to remove at least one item of their costume in this category. G-strings, pasties etc are allowed, but no genitals may show at any time. Failure to remove a costume item will result in an immediate deduction of 5 points.


  1. Semi-Pro and Professional division competitors will be judged separately, by separate judging panels.

  2. A winner will be announced in each of the 4 categories, in each division. From those 4 winners, an overall winner will be announced in each division.

  3. The overall winner will be the competitor with the highest score based on points awarded.


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