This COMPETITION is a technical and professional event that combines Sport & Art.


Competitors are invited to be creative, original and to display acrobatic, strong and flexible tricks in an emotional and engaging creation, inspiring the audience and the judges.


The competition will follow the high standards of professional sport competitions, though also valuing the artistic side of each performance.

The idea is, not only to perform some of the best known and new original tricks and acrobatic movements, but also to show them embedded in an artistic and emotional performance.

We are not only looking for the perfect technique and finest tricks, but mainly for a passion and art that thrills the audience in its most deep way, due to the spectacular visual it creates and to the story and meaning it conveys to the public.


The main objective is to support the development and promotion of pole dance and bring it to the mainstream in sports, introducing it as a new sport with great potential to grow and to contribute to a sporty and healthy lifestyle.













  • The POLE ART COMPETITION  will take place on June 5, at Casino Estoril Auditorium.

  • The Organization invites athletes from all over the World to participate: female, male, all ages, all styles of pole, and all nationalities.



  • The competition has two categories: Man (all ages) and Women (all ages)

  • Athletes under 18 years old have to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

  • Only individual performances are accepted.



  • The competition has two levels: amateurs and professionals.

  • Amateurs are those who never took part in a competition (they may have however participated in showcases or make amateur or semi-professional performances in events), and/ or are instructors for less than 2 years, are intermedium or advance students.

  • Professionals are those who took part in national or international competitions before, and/ or instructor for more than 2 years , and/or are professional pole performers (living from pole dance as a profession).



  • All performances will have available two poles. The spinning pole is the one at the right side and the static is the one at the left side from the perspective of the public.

  • The poles will have a minimum height of 4 meters and are separated by approximately 3 meters.



  • To apply for the competition, you will need to:

- Complete and submit the application form (for all athletes)

- Send a video link of you performing for quality assessment, up to 4 minutes, no multimedia edit allowed (it must be possible to observe the artist performing for at least 2 minutes unbroken), the link should be public and easily accessible during the evaluation period (6 to 31 of March)

  • Deadline is on March 6, 2016.



  • Selection is made only by video entry

  • All entries are subject to review and acceptance

  • Feedback on evaluation and acceptance of participation will be given within two weeks after applications are closed.

  • Evaluation criteria for videos will be:

- Technical level (1-5pontos): pole dance technical movements

- Artistic level (1-5pontos): dance, fluidity, connections, transitions.

- Strength (1-5pontos): Strength of the presented technical movements.

- Flexibility (1-5pontos): level of flexibility of the presented movements

- Execution (1-5pontos): correct execution, clean body lines, knees, feet, elbows stretched, posture, body placement and alignment.



  • Only individual performances are allowed (would you like to perform with a double or a group, please consider our International Pole Art Showcase the day before the competition).

  • Each athlete is responsible for his/her performance and must provide all the information required by the Organization in order to enroll.

  • Each individual performance has a minimum of 3 maximum of 4 minutes duration (no extra seconds will be allowed, penalties will be applied if so).

  • After acceptance, all athletes must submit proof of personal insurance that covers their participation in the competition and sign a statement of personal responsibility for practicing physical activity, assuming that they participate in the competition at their own risk. Any injuries or accidents that may occur are the responsibility of the athlete.



  • Each artist is responsible for his/her costume. 

  • All costumes should be of sport nature, covering intimate body parts and should respect choreography character. Any kind of nudity, use of erotic objects, small size pieces of clothing, necklines that may expose intimate parts, thong, lingerie, bikinis, triquinis, transparent clothing and / or others is not allowed.

  • Tops should cover the chest and must be well secured.

  • Shorts and bottoms should adequately cover the private parts and be of an artistic and/ or athletic nature, such as sports shorts or gymnastic leotards.

  • Grip cloves, knee brace protectors, ankle brace protectors, etc that tack are not allowed.

  • Clothes that provide some sort of extra grip as latex, rubber, skin, PVC or others, are not allowed.

  •  Body painting, hats and other accessories are allowed as long they respect all above rules and do not damage the pole or the stage.

  • It is not allowed to wear jewelries or any type of body piercings that may damage the pole or the stage. Using so will result in penalties.

  • The use of grip directly on pole is not allowed. Any type of glue or extra strong grips as Gorilla Grip, Stickum, Rosin, grips spray is not allowed.

  • The placement of logos on clothing or footwear is not permitted.

  • The use of any specific and not common accessories, props, sets should be reported to the Organisation before the competition, and it will only be allowed if the spaces physically permitted and it can be set up and removed promptly.

  • Costumes malfunctioning are deducted.



  • By participating in the event, all competitors agree to be filmed and photographed throughout the competition.

  • By participating in the event, competitors agree that all photography and footage can be used by the Organisation for promotional, advertising and commercial purposes.

  • The Organisation and the photographer himself have the rights over the films and photography. All photography and footage are property of the Organisation.



  • Four areas will be anlaysed by the judges: Technical presentation, Technical execution, Art & Choreo, Penalties.

  • Judges must not have any business affiliation or particular interest with competitors and should be neutral to all competitors. However, knowing a person, being or have been a student/ teacher, frequenting the same pole studio or any other Institution will not be considered an exclusion factor, as long as the judge follow a sense of integrity and act impartially and with accuracy.

  • Judges must act impartially, honestly, objectively, fairly.

  • Judges should apply the rules and regulations honestly and equally to all competitors.

  • Judges must be free of any conflicts, treat everyone with dignity, safeguard the interests of the competitors and act accordingly to the standards of ethical code of conduct

  • Judges must cooperate with the Organisation, under any situation, and refrain from discussing any part of the judging process, during and even after the competition.

  • Feedback will be giving to the competitors, in case they ask, and only the head judge will be allowed to do so. Score sheets will also be available to the competitors, after the competition, in case they ask.

  • In case of a tie, the competitor with the higher Artistic points will be awarded the higer placement.

  • Judges must wear formal clothes and be presentable all times.

  • Judges decision is final.



  • Scoring system consists of:

  • Technical Presentation (10 points)

    • Tricks that required higher levels of strength, flexibility or dynamic have higher scores.

    • Evaluates strength, flexibility and dynamic.

    • It does not evaluate execution, only evaluates if the trick/move/figure is performed well enough to be recognized.

    • Level of difficulty of technical Pole Dance tricks and movements.


  • Technical Execution (10 points)

    • Evaluates how well technical tricks are executed.

    • Execution should be smooth, effortless, present clear lines (knee, toes, extension, posture, body placement)

    • Using both poles equally

    • Using the high of the poles (at least one climb to the top)

    • Smooth transitions

    • Fixing the final position of the trick for 2 seconds to body maximum extension

    • Clear execution (not messy/ confused)


  • Art & Choreo (20 points)

    • Originality of the performance

    • Originality of the transitions

    • Interpretation of music and character

    • Theme/ story/ meaning

    • Appropriation of music and costume to the performance

    • Stage confidence

    • Stage charisma

    • Effective use of stage area

    • Engage of audience

    • Dance on and off the poles

    • Floor work


  • Penalties (max -5)

    • Bad angle of move (-0.5)

    • Slip/ loss of balance (-0.5)

    • Drying hands ( -0.5)

    • Costume malfunctioning (plus wear earrings, piercings, hair over the face continuously) (-0.5)

    • Guttural vocals/ singing during the performance (-0.5)

    • No logical beginning or ending/ ending or starting without the music with no logic (0.5)

    • Music longer than 4 minutes (-1)

    • Fall (Flip outs and jump outs ending with both hands or any other body parts on the floor AND loss of balance will be considered falls, reception on the floor should steady, firm and safe) (-1)



  • APPLICATION – March 6

- Registration Form

- Video link


- Biography

- Identity card

- Performance small descriptive phrase

- Music in MP3 format

- School/ Studio/ Company logo


- Proof of personal insurance that covers the participation in the show

- Sign a statement of personal responsibility for practicing physical activity and participating in the show at personal risk

- Sign statement waiving all image rights.



  • Read and agree with the rules.

  • Respect schedules, organization, alignment, etc.

  • Be present at the rehearsal.

  • Provide all required information and not bear false witness.

  • Minors should be accompanied by a parent.

  • Should wait to be called on stage.

  • Are fully responsible for their health and for their performance. Should avoid performing tricks or movements that could lead to injuries or that are not safe.

  • All competitors should carry health insurance and sign responsibility for their participation in the show. They are responsible for their personal health condition and ability to perform in the show participating at their own risk.

  • All expenses incurred by the artists are their own responsibility.



  • Inform all participants about the rules and any changes made.

  • Receive and escort all competitors. Answer all their questions.

  • Provide competitors with space to change, prepare and warm up properly to their performance.

  • Check the facilities and poles.

  • Organise a rehearsal.

  • Give everyone a chance to try the poles and the stage before the show.


The Organization reserves the right to make any changes to the event, dates, times, rules, etc. The Organization has the right to select the artists to participate in the show, with the primary aim to ensure quality and safety, as well as respect for the central objectives of the event. The organization has the right to use all images collected during the show. The act of applying for the showcase and participate means the total acceptance of the rules herein.