Competitor Info & Apply

We have two rounds to the competition, video entry and live finals. We have 5 categories: Performer, Intermediate, Advanced, Semi Professional and Doubles. Please read the information below carefully to find out about the specific rules and criteria applying to each of the categories.

The video entry opens April 30th and closes 31st May 2019. We will be announcing the results on the 1st July 2019. Please do not send your entry video before April 30th as it may not be counted.

The live finals takes place on the 28th September 2019 at which there will be two 45mm X-Poles. If you are looking at the stage - one static (right) and one spinning (left).

Please note that we may change or add information at any time so please keep checking back regularly.

This information was last updated on 15th March 2019

  • You are permitted to use grip on yourself but may not apply any grip to the pole. Stickum spray is NOT permitted
  • The poles will be cleaned between each performance using wipes and a towel. If you wish to check the pole/clean your own pole you are welcome to provided that your cleaning products are approved on the day.

The Midlands Pole Championships is open to men and women over the age of 16 years old. You do not have to be a resident in the Midlands to enter the competition

The competition consists of 2 parts and 5 categories. The categories are as follows:

  • Performer
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Semi Professional
  • Doubles

There will be x2 45mm fixed X-Poles that are 3.2m high and approx 2.2m gap between them. From the audiences perspective the left pole will be spinning and the right static.

All entrants are required to apply via video entry. Your video must be no more than 6 months old and can be of a previous competition entry. Entries must be sent in no later than midnight on the the 31st May 2019.

Late entries will not be accepted. Videos will be judged between the 31st May and 30th June. Finalists will be announced on the 1st July. 6 competitors from Performer, Intermediate, Advanced and Semi-Pro and 5 pairs in doubles will be invited to compete in the LIVE FINALS ON 28TH SEPTEMBER

To enter the video entry round please send your application form with your application fee of £20 (£25 for doubles) and a link to your routine on YouTube or Vimeo.

Please ensure that you are available on the 28th September 2019 before you enter the competition as this is the date of the finals. Refunds will not be given if you can't attend.

Application fees must only be paid via paypal.

You may choose to use the same routine/song in the finals as your video entry.

When videoing your routine start the video with your name, pole school (if applicable), the date of filming and your category. Videos must be taken in one shot with no zooming/moving of the camera. Please ensure that you are in the shot at all times. The Video must be filmed front on and you may use up to 2 poles- one static, one spinning. Sound must not be overlayed on the video. If your video is found to be unsuitable and has been submitted before the deadline then we will give you an opportunity to re-submit. After the deadline however if the video is unsuitable then you will be disqualified.

The judging criteria and rules are below.

The competition is being held on the 28th September 2019 from 1pm. Competitors will need to be there at least one hour in advance.

The venue is: The Nottingham Arts Theatre, George St, Nottingham, NG1 3BE

At the venue there will be an x-stage practice pole for competitors only to warm up and stretch. We have 4 well lit dressing rooms with plenty of mirrors for our competitors to get changed in as well as ample space for warming up and stretching. The stage area is 8 x 7.1m of useable space and is at least 1m off the ground. The judging table will be directly in front of the stage and the audience seated behind them. There are 2 sets of steps up to the stage either side but also access to the stage from both wings.

As our new venue is in the heart of Nottingham City Centre and located in the trendy Hockley area there are plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops to grab yourself some food as well as a small in-house bar area. There are excellent transport links within a 10 min walk of the venue as well as plenty of NCP car parks within easy walking distance.

  • For Beginner and Intermediate we will take it on good faith that you have never been paid to instruct pole dancing and have never been paid to perform, however we reserve the rights to ask for a letter from your pole school if we it deem necessary.
  • The entry fee is £20 per person (£25 per doubles entry). The entry Fee is non-refundable including for any medical reasons. Entrants will not need to pay anything further if they get through to the finals of the competition. Unsuccessful applicants will get their ticket to the event discounted by £5.
  • On the day of the finals you will be required to sign a liability waiver and fill out a health questionnaire. Anyone who does not sign this will not be able to compete.
  • All competitors participate at their own risk. You should not perform moves or compete at a level that you are not comfortable with.
  • The organisers are not liable for any loss, damage or injury during the competition.

You can find out more about our judges.

You must use both spinning and static poles in your routine.

We expect your routine to be well-rounded that takes into consideration strength, flexibility, fluidity and dance.

Technical 40%

  • Routine
  • Range of tricks
  • Difficulty of tricks and how well they are controlled (except in Beginner)
  • Transitions- new/original transitions, how well do they flow
  • Control of spins
  • Spin combos
  • Have moves been held for long enough
  • Good spin momentum
  • Are moves extended properly
  • Variety of strength tricks- core/upper body combos and tricks

Composition 30%

  • Musicality, how well does the routine fit the music
  • Interpretation of the music
  • Timing of tricks, spins and floorwork- is it too rushed/too slow
  • Flow of the routine
  • Originality of the routine/choreography
  • Is it a well rounded routine incorporating spins, dance, floorwork, flexibility and tricks and do they flow from one to the other
  • Do they use a variety of different tricks and spins such as elbow holds, knee holds, thigh holds etc
  • Use of props

Presentation 30%

  • Pointed toes, good lines
  • Are they interacting with the audience and judges
  • Do they have a stage presence
  • Do they stand out from the other competitors
  • Is emotion conveyed through the routine
  • Is the routine strong and graceful
  • Theme and story
  • Is the overall routine neat
  • Good use of stage
  • Correct body alignment for moves
  • Good entering/exit of tricks and spins
  • Confidence

Appeals

You will receive feedback on both your video entry and your finals routine, however judges' decision is final. You may request clarification on feedback or further feedback after the competition, however it will be at the judge's discretion as to the information they can provide.

  • Routines must be no longer than 3 minutes long and songs must contain no swearing. Your song must be sent to the competition organisers no later than 2 weeks prior to the competition as an mp3 file via email info@midlandspolechampionships.co.uk
  • As a competitor in the Performer Category we will be looking for a routine that contains moves suitable for someone of this level, i.e. we will be using the PDC app syllabus levels 1-2. The emphasis will be on dance/floor work, spins and musicality.
  • You can not invert in this category.
  • For holds and transitions you must have 3 grip points on the pole at all times (this does not include spins)
  • You must not perform moves that have your hips higher than your head whilst you are on the pole, Cross knee release or similar is not permitted. Headstand/Handstands/Forearm stands against the pole are permitted.
  • You must perform a well-rounded routine that takes into consideration strength, flexibility, fluidity and dance.
  • Routines must be no longer than 3.5 minutes long and songs must contain no swearing. Your song must be sent to the competition organisers no later than 2 weeks prior to the competition as an mp3 file via email info@midlandspolechampionships.co.uk
  • No knee holds allowed single (where one knee is used to support your body without the use of hands e.g. in Marley, cupid, hummingbird without hands etc) or double (for example knee hold).
  • Allowed Moves are PDC Level 1-4 with the exception of: Cupid Flatline, Dove, Hummingbird, Marley, Pantera's Bow and Arrow, Q, Rocket Man, Shoulder (Dis)mount Passe, Turtle Dove and Western Flag Invert
  • Other allowed moves include: Crescent Moon, Jade, Leg hang variations (excluding Cocoon/Contortion Scorpio), Shouldermount/dismount, Western Flag
  • Disallowed moves include: Any flips and drops, Aerial Shouldermount, Ayesha, Allegra, Brass Monkey, Chopstix, Handspring (any grip)
  • No advanced moves allowed. If you are not sure whether your move is considered to not be allowed in your level, please contact us. We will update this list with moves we have been asked about so please keep checking back if you are entering this category
  • You must not have placed first in a National Competition in Intermediate level.
  • You must perform a well-rounded routine that takes into consideration strength, flexibility, fluidity and dance.
  • Routines must be no longer than 4 minutes long and songs must contain no swearing. Your song must be sent to the competition organisers no later than 2 weeks prior to the competition as an mp3 file via email info@midlandspolechampionships.co.uk
  • Allowed moves are PDC Levels 1-5 and include: Aerial Shouldermount, Allegra, Ayesha (all grips), Broken Doll, Butterfly Flip, Chopstix, Cocoon, Cupid, Handsprings (all grips), Iron X, Jallegra, Knee Holds, Remi Layback, Shouldermount Flip, Straight Edge
  • Disallowed moves include: Flips (except for Shouldermount flip and Butterfly flip), Bird Of Paradise, Eagle, Fonji, Handspring deadlifts/aerial handsprings, Human Flag, Muscle Up, Phoenix, Octopus, Rainbow Marchenko, Round The World, Spatchcock, Starfish
  • No extreme strength or contortion moves allowed. If you are not sure whether your move is considered to not be allowed in your level, please contact us. We will update this list with moves we have been asked about so please keep checking back if you are entering this category
  • You must not have placed first in a National Competition in Advanced level.
  • You must not be an Instructor to compete in this category.
  • You must perform a well-rounded routine that takes into consideration strength, flexibility, fluidity and dance.
  • Routines must be no longer than 4.5 minutes long and songs must contain no swearing. Your song must be sent to the competition organisers no later than 2 weeks prior to the competition as an mp3 file via email info@midlandspolechampionships.co.uk
  • No holds barred; all moves are allowed at this level
  • You must not have placed first in a National Competition at semi-pro level to enter. Junior level winners are permitted.
  • You must perform a well-rounded routine that takes into consideration strength, flexibility and fluidity.
  • You can be a paid instructor to enter this category.
  • You can be an amateur, ie not paid to perform, or an instructor, but you must not have been paid to perform, teach workshops or actively work with a large social presence as a brand ambassador to take part in this category


  • Routines must be no longer than 5 minutes long and songs must contain no swearing. Your song must be sent to the competition organisers no later than 2 weeks prior to the competition as an mp3 file via email info@midlandspolechampionships.co.uk
  • You must have at least 30 seconds of continuous synchronised dance/tricks during your routine.
  • You can be an instructor or student to compete in this category.
  • Your routine must include doubles tricks, choreography and performance.
  • No holds barred. You can have placed first in a National competition.
  • Your routine starts from the moment you start moving/the music starts whichever first. Any performances that run over the time limit for your category will have points deducted.
  • You must only perform tricks that you are capable of doing and are within your entry level. Moves that are not permitted will not be scored.
  • Friends and family must purchase tickets and only one person per performer is permitted backstage or in the changing areas.
  • The performance will take place on 2 x 45mm rigged X-Poles. From the audiences perspective the left pole will be spinning, the right static. There is approximately 2.2 metres between the poles, they are 3.2metres tall.
  • There will be hot and cold drinks available from the in-house bar. As our location is in central Nottingham there are plenty of cafes, bars, shops and restaurants to pick up supplies.
  • We will have one 45mm X-stage Lite for you to practice on backstage near the changing area where there will be lots of room to warm up and stretch.
  • We do not want to restrict your competition outfits however the wearing of thongs are not permitted. Neither is any clothing that is more revealing than a bra (e.g. nipple tassels). Clothing must be suitable for a family audience. There is strictly no nudity.
  • The removal of clothing is permitted provided that the costume underneath is appropriate (see above).
  • You may perform in heels - please be sure to wear heels that you can dance in comfortably to avoid injury.
  • Please note that while removal of clothing and performing in heels is allowed, routines must be family-friendly. Sensual/exotic style is permitted but overtly sexual movements or gestures may result in disqualification
  • Pole shorts/pants must cover the majority of the buttocks and the use of “safety” pants is strongly advised!
  • Please remember to practice in your costume and have a dress rehearsal so that you can be sure your costume is suitable and doesn’t get caught or restrict your movement. You may be marked down if your costume interferes with your grip and makes moves dangerous or obstructs you from view (ie long skirts falling over your head)
  • We strongly encourage creativity and imagination so the use of props can be a great way to do this.
  • You will not be awarded points for your costume however we will have a prize for best costume.
  • You must wear shoes at all times except for in the performance area (other than footwear that is part of costume ie heels - these must only be worn in the performance area to prevent transfer of dirt or glass from other areas into the performance area). This is to avoid injury and to keep your feet clean! Judges may mark you down if you have dirty feet.
  • Wardrobe malfunctions may result in disqualification.
  • We expect all entrants to behave appropriately on the day and in the days leading up to the competition.
  • Obviously this is a competition and we expect a competitive spirit but we also expect a high level of sportsmanship among entrants.
  • We do understand that you want to enjoy yourself, however alcohol is strictly prohibited before and during your performance. However you may drink once your performance is over (provided you are over 18). The use of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Any entrant found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol before their performance will be banned from taking part in the competition.
  • Photos and video taken on the day of the competition remain the property of the Midlands Pole Championships. By entering you agree that footage may be used for promotional and advertisement purposes and will seek no compensation for their use.
  • In the video heat 6 competitors from Performer, Intermediate, Advanced and Semi-Pro and 5 pairs in doubles will be chosen to go through to the Finals!
  • We will have one winner in each category (one pair in the doubles) and one runner up.
  • We will also have prizes for best tricks and best entertainer.
  • Prizes are to be confirmed, but we guarantee you will love them!
  • If you are interested in sponsoring us then please contact us. You can find out more info here.

Here are our previous winners and runner ups. Well done to all those who won and to everyone who took part!

2017

  • Judges: Lauren Red, Pippa Loveridge, Lorna Walker
  • Intermediate: Aimee Spinks, Hannia West
  • Advanced: Jana Klimova, Aimee Hatchman
  • Semi-Pro: Liam Tipping, Ceri Jones
  • Professional: Dannon Jennings, Mollie Eve Burke
  • Doubles: Gemma Praid and Dannon Jennings, Cassie Dean and Samantha Layton
  • Best Tricks: Ceri Jones
  • Best Costume: Cassie Dean and Samantha Layton
  • Best Choreography: Ellise Grizzle

2015

  • Judges: Lauren Red, Pippa Loveridge, Donna Treadgold & Karen Chaundy
  • Beginners: Rachel Plumb, Amy Cawthrow
  • Intermediate: Katt Benstead, Melanie Badham
  • Advanced: Charlotte Tait, Lucy Madelaine Eaton
  • Professional: Claire Cotterill, Cassie Bee
  • Doubles: Karen Gaunt & Laura Leather, Natasha Medlin & Sophie Black
  • Best Tricks: Lucy Eaton
  • Best Entertainer: Rachel Plumb
  • Best Costume: Rosie E Wilson

2014

  • Judges: Lauren Red, Pippa Loveridge, Donna Treadgold, Lorna Walker, Pantera Blacksmith, Annalisa Muresu
  • Beginners: Victoria Sharman, Katherine Wibmer
  • Intermediate: Hannah Standley, Victoria Salentino
  • Advanced: Aynsley Brittle, Melissa Hill
  • Professional: Jade Marissa Tinkler, Claire Cotterill
  • Doubles: Daniel Clarke & Mollie-Eve Burke, Aynsley Brittle & Paul Perrygrove
  • Best Tricks: Jade Marissa Tinkler
  • Best Entertainer: Aynsley Brittle
  • Best Costume: Melissa Hill

2013

  • Judges: Lauren Red, Pippa Loveridge, Donna Treadgold, Jess Leanne Norris, Justine McLucas
  • Beginners: Hannah Standley, Frankie Grace Lister
  • Intermediate: Sara Powell, Julie Jules von Stead
  • Advanced: Lauren Smith, Jenny Coulling
  • Professional: Annalisa Muresu, Sandrea Simons
  • Best Tricks: Annalisa Muresu
  • Best Entertainer: Lauren Smith
  • Best Costume: Sandrea Simons