Pole Sport Organization was created by pole dancers with experience in mainstream pole competitions in order to bring the opportunity to perform and receive feedback to a wider range of dancers.
We offer a variety of events designed to inspire and challenge dancers at all skill levels to express their artistic and athletic abilities. The decision to structure Pole Sport Organization performances in a competition format rather than as a show stems from the desire to offer feedback to the performers from judges from throughout the pole and dance communities to assist each dancer in their own pole [r]Evolution.
Our day-long competition offers multiple events to challenge the performers and showcase their abilities with subdivisions based on skill level, age, and gender where practicable.
The Championship Event: This event is for those dancers wishing to compete with a traditional technical competitive program. Designed to offer competitors the type of experience found at the other major pole competitions, the focus will be on the dancer’s technique, flexibility, artistry and difficulty of tricks. Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4 – see below for Level descriptions. The Level 4 Championship event is the qualifier for Nationals and is restricted to female US citizens only. Click to watch an example of the championship event.
The Entertainment Event: This event is focused less on the difficulty of the tricks executed and more on the dancer’s ability to interpret a piece of music to provide a comical or upbeat performance. Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4 – see below for Level descriptions. Click to watch and example of the artistic entertainment event.
The Dramatic Event: This event is focused less on the difficulty of the tricks executed and more on the dancer’s ability to present a serious, emotional artistic interpretation of a piece of music. Levels 1, 2, 3 & 4 – see below for Level descriptions. Click to watch an example of the artistic dramatic event.
The Showcase Event: This event is a performance-only event for solo dancers, pairs and groups. No scoring nor feedback from judges will be given and this event will not qualify for later competitions.
Level 1 (Beginner): This is the appropriate level for true amateur beginners who have never taught pole dancing nor made any money from dancing. Instructors should enter level 2 or higher. Dancers at this level are permitted to engage in floor dance, spinning moves, and climbs. There is no inverting at this level and hips must be below the shoulders at all times when the competitor’s entire body is on the pole. Click to watch an example of a level 1 performance.
Level 2 (Intermediate): This is the appropriate level for intermediate dancers who have the ability to invert safely. In addition to the skills permitted in Level 1, dancers may invert on the pole (hips higher than head), however dancers must maintain three points of contact with the pole while inverted. Click to watch an example of a level 2 performance.
Level 3 (Advanced): This is the appropriate level for the more advanced pole dancer who can invert and perform movements such as handsprings or ayashas safely and securely. Dancers at this level may perform any tricks and any inversions. Click to watch an example of a level 3 performance.
Level 4 (Pro): This is the appropriate level for the most advanced pole dancer. Dancers at this level may perform any tricks and any inversions. Music selected for performance must be on ASCAP or BMI lists and be approved by event organizers or partners. This level is the qualifier for Nationals. This Level will be divided by gender regardless of number of competitors.
If you have placed in the top 3 of the following competitions, you must enter in Level 4 (however, note that you do have have to have previously placed or competed to be a Level 4): California Pole Dance Championship Pro Division, Miss Texas Pole Star Ultimate Division, North American Pole Championships, American Pole Fitness Championships, USPDF Amateur or USPDF Regional events. Additionally, if you placed in the top three of Championship Level 3 at the 2012 PPC or SPC event, you will have a bye to the 2013 National Championships. If you are a USDPF Pro, you also must enter in level 4. If you have placed in the top 3 of an international competition, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for placement.
AGE DIVISIONS (when applicable*)
Juniors: between the ages of 18-24 on or before the date of the event.
Seniors: between the ages of 25-39 on or before the date of the event.
Masters: ages 40 and older on or before the date of the event.
Our ultimate goal is to provide a forum for dancers of all levels to perform and to challenge themselves by participating in multiple events in a supportive environment of friends, family, and the dance community itself. We also are looking for volunteers to participate as judges and to help run the competition. Please visit the other links for more information about the regional competitions and Pole Sport Organization.