General

  • Competitors may only enter up to one solo division and one duet division.
  • Competitors should enter for the division that is most applicable to them.
  • Organisers reserve the right to change the division of a competitor.
  • No compulsory moves, no prohibited moves.
  • All divisions are open to international athletes.

Elite Division (mixed men and women)

  • This division is for competitors who placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th in South African national competitions in Elite, Advanced or Professional level.
  • Local competitors who have not competed, but believe they are of Elite level may contact the organisers to discuss which level they should enter.
  • International competitors who are unsure of their level can send in a video clip showing their ability or discuss their ability level with the organisers.
  • If a competitor places highly in a pole competition at Elite, Advanced or Professional level after entering Pole Art SA they must inform the organisers to make sure they are competing in the correct division.

Professional Division (mixed men and women)

  • If you are an Advanced level instructor of pole dance / pole sport / pole fitness.
  • If you have recently participated in any Advanced or Professional level competitions.
  • Local competitors who have not competed, but believe they are of Professional level may contact the organisers to discuss which level they should enter.
  • International competitors who are unsure of their level can send in a video clip showing their ability or discuss their ability level with the organisers.
  • If a competitor places highly in a pole competition at Elite, Advanced, Professional or Intermediate level after entering Pole Art SA they must inform the organisers to make sure they are competing in the correct division.

Elite & Professional Duets Division (mixed men and women or same gender duets)

  • For Duet competitors who have previously placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th in South African national competitions at Elite, Advanced or Professional level.
  • For Professional duet performance artists.
  • For international Advanced and Professional level duet competitors.
  • If either partner is an advanced level instructor of pole dance / pole sport / pole fitness.
  • If you (as a duet) have recently participated in any Advanced / Professional level competitions.
  • Local competitors who have not competed, but believe they are of Elite or Professional level may contact the organisers to discuss which level they should enter.
  • International competitors who are unsure of their level can send in a video clip showing their ability or discuss their ability level with the organisers.
  • If a competitor places highly in a pole competition at Elite, Advanced, Professional or Intermediate level after entering Pole Art SA they must inform the organisers to make sure they are competing in the correct division.

Intermediate Division (mixed men and women)

  • If you are an intermediate level instructor of pole dance / pole sport / pole fitness.
  • If you have recently participated in any Beginner / Amateur / Intermediate level competitions.
  • Local competitors who have not competed, but believe they are of Intermediate level level may contact the organisers to discuss which level they should enter.
  • International competitors who are unsure of their level can send in a video clip showing their ability or discuss their ability level with the organisers.
  • If a competitor places highly in a pole competition at Elite, Advanced, Professional, Intermediate or Amateur level after entering Pole Art SA they must inform the organisers to make sure they are competing in the correct division.

Intermediate Duets Division (mixed men and women or same gender duets)

  • If either partner is an intermediate level instructor of pole dance / pole sport / pole fitness.
  • If you (as a duet) have recently participated in any Beginner / Amateur / Intermediate level competitions.
  • Local competitors who have not competed, but believe they are of Intermediate level level may contact the organisers to discuss which level they should enter.
  • International competitors who are unsure of their level can send in a video clip showing their ability or discuss their ability level with the organisers.
  • If a competitor places highly in a pole competition at Elite, Advanced, Professional, Intermediate or Amateur level after entering Pole Art SA they must inform the organisers to make sure they are competing in the correct division.

Amateur Division (mixed men and women)

  • Pole dancing for approximately 3-12 months.
  • May not be an instructor of pole dance / pole sport / pole fitness.
  • Previous experience in a regional competition at Beginner / Amateur level is acceptable.
  • May not be a professional performer of pole art / sport or related discipline.
  • Competitors who are unsure of their level can send in a video clip showing their ability or discuss their ability level with the organisers.
  • If a competitor competes in a pole competition after entering Pole Art SA they must inform the organisers to make sure they are competing in the correct division.

Amateur Duets Division (mixed men and women or same gender duets)

  • Pole dancing for approximately 3-12 months.
  • Neither partner may be an instructor of pole dance / pole sport / pole fitness.
  • Previous experience (as a duet) in a regional competition at beginner / amateur level is acceptable.
  • Neither partner may be a professional performer of pole art/sport or related discipline.
  • Competitors who are unsure of their level can send in a video clip showing their ability or discuss their ability level with the organisers.
  • If a competitor competes in a pole competition after entering Pole Art SA they must inform the organisers to make sure they are competing in the correct division.

General

  • The competition is open to competitors of all nationalities.
  • All divisions are open to international athletes.
  • The competition is open to competitors regardless of which studio they attend.
  • Competitors may enter on their own behalf as an individual, not representing a studio.
  • Competitors must be over 18 years of age on the day of the final competition.
  • The competitors will need to sign an indemnity upon entry.
  • A copy of the competitor’s valid ID / Passport will need to be submitted along with payment upon entry.
  • R310 is to be paid upon submission of entry for solo R480 is to be upon submission of entry for duet entries.

Video Entry Guidelines

Each competitor will need to send submit a video on or before the entry deadline in order to enter the competition.

Video Submissions

  • May be up to two minutes long.
  • Do not have to be the piece proposed for the final competition.
  • May not be more than 12-months old.
  • Should consider elements on the scorecard as this will be used to judge the videos.
  • May show spinning and static pole moves (but not necessarily both).
  • Must show the competitor’s highest level of ability.
  • May not be edited, showing one continuous routine clip.
  • Must clearly show the competitor at all times.
  • Must be uploaded to Youtube ‘Unlisted’ URL or Vimeo or Google Drive or WeTransfer on or before the entry deadline.

Final Selection

The highest scoring video entries will be selected to compete on the evening or Pole Art SA 2018.

Video judges and organisers may change the competitor’s division having watched the video entry.

No feedback will be given from video entries.

Music for Finalists

  • Competitor’s music for the final competition may be between 2.30 – 3.30 minutes long, in one continuous track.
  • Music can be with or without words.
  • Explicit or offensive lyrics are prohibited.
  • If any of the competitors choose the same music they will be informed and they may still perform using their chosen music, or they may change their music.
  • If music is over 3.30 minutes long it will be stopped at the 3.30 minute mark during the performance.
  • The competitor must send their music via email, WeTransfer, Google drive or Dropbox link on or before the music submission date.
  • Music submitted must be in MP3 format.
  • Music must be titled with the competitor’s name and song name. E.g. JaneSmith_SongChoice PA (for PoleArt)

Costume

  • Competitors may perform without shoes, or wear ballet shoes, jazz shoes or other suitable gymnastic style shoes.
  • Boots and high heels must be pre-approved by the organisers.
  • Competitors may not perform in lingerie or a G-string as their costume.
  • Female competitors may not perform topless.
  • Male performers may perform topless.
  • Costumes may not expose the nipple (female), excessive breast (female), buttocks or groin area.
  • Outer costumes such as jackets, capes and hats may be removed, providing that the competitor is suitably dressed underneath.
  • Fire, liquid, powder or other potentially dangerous props may not be used.
  • Props may be used if they can be set up and cleared away in under 2 minutes, and do not leave any mess or residue on the stage.

Grip Aids and Grip Enhancers

The following products are acceptable:

  • Mighty Grip Chalk.
  • Dry Hands.
  • Liquid chalk.
  • Gloves may be worn.

Grip enhancers that leave a residue on the pole that cannot be easily cleaned off may not be used.

Judging

  • Judges will award competitors from 1-10 points per section on the scorecard (the average score is divided by the amount of judges to get a total).
  • The winner is the competitor in their division with the highest score. In the case of a tie, the winner will be the competitor with the least Errors, or the highest Artistic score.
  • Judges and organisers have the right to stop a performance at any time (Breach of rules and regulations, health and safety concerns.)
  • In the interest of fairness, at least two judges will judge each section of the scorecard, excluding Errors (deductions), where there will be one judge.
  • Whenever possible judges will not judge their own students, friends or family members.
  • The judges’ decision is final and may not be entered into.
  • The winners will be announced at the end of the event.
  • Before and during the competition the competitors may not be in contact with the Judges. Any queries must be directed to the organisers or the person assigned by organisers.
  • Competitors may request to receive a copy of their scorecard after the competition.
  • The overall ranking may me made public at the discretion or the organisers.

Scorecards

ARTISTIC MAX. POINTS POINTS
Originality of characters and performance & Emotional and artistic expression 10 points
Pole Choreography 10 points
Musicality 10 points
Costume, hair & make-up 10 points
Floor / Dance Choreography 10 points
TOTAL POINTS FOR SECTION 50 points  
EXECUTION MAX. POINTS POINTS
Clean start & finish of combinations and moves.  “Grace, ease & flow of movements” 10 points
Lines 10 points
Dynamic pole movements (Eg tumbles, drops, spin combos) 10 points
Overall Strength (static strength & powerful/explosive strength) 10 points
Flexibility 10 points
TOTAL POINTS FOR SECTION 50 points  
ERRORS LESS POINTS POINTS
Problems with costume -5 points
Falls & Slips -5 points
Explicit sexual moves Disqualification
Hand wiping during the performance -5 points
TOTAL POINTS FOR SECTION -15 points  
TOTAL POINTS /100  

Staging and Poles – spacing

For the final competition

  • 2 x 4m high powder coated poles.
  • 1 x static pole and 1 x spinning pole.
  • The static pole will be on the competitor’s right and the spinning pole will be on the competitor’s left, when standing on the stage looking out to the audience.
  • Duets may select either both static or spinning, or use the above mentioned configuration

Rights of the Organisers

Organisers reserve the right to:

  • Change the judging criteria and division information.
  • Change the rules and regulations.
  • Change the division in which a competitor is taking part.
  • Record the competition and distribute the material.
  • Eliminate videos or photographs that are unsuitable for publication.
  • Change the guidelines, divisions, rules and regulations of the competition.
  • Changes made to rules, regulations and divisions can be made up until one week before the competition. Written notice must be provided to the competitors to inform them of the changes.

The organisers do not take responsibility for any loss, damages or injury to the competitors when training for the competition, or on the day of the competition.

Competitor Rules and Regulations

Any breach of Rules and Regulations results in competitor disqualification.

  • Competitors must be over 18 on the day of the final competition.
  • The competitor must submit a copy of a valid ID document upon entry.
  • Payments must be received in order to enter the competition.
  • Drugs and alcohol are prohibited before and during the competition and prize giving ceremony.
  • Nudity and sexually explicit actions are prohibited during performances.
  • Respectful treatment of other competitors, judges, organisers, venue staff and helpers is expected at all times.
  • Observe Costume and Grip Aid rules
  • Fire, liquids and powders are prohibited.
  • The judges’ decision is final and may not be entered into.