First Time On Stage (FTOS)

Are you a beginning performer and finally found the guts to perform on stage, or with little experience but interested in creating a piece, then this is your category! The focus will be less on technique and more on stage presence. Are you feeling it? Are you having fun? First time in the ‘No heels’ category will be solely for beginners up to intermediate (there is a slight difference from heels here, because a beginner in heels does not nessecarily have to be a beginner in pole, in this category you have to be a beginner in pole).

Accessible for:

  • anyone that has never performed before
  • You’re allowed to join FTOS 3 times before you have to move on to the next category.
  • You’re not used to dancing in front of people ( teachers are excluded in this category)
  • Max. 3 years of pole experience.

Music:

  • length must be between 3.00 minutes 3.11 minutes.
  • If the music is edited to fit the time limit, a good ending is sufficient. If the music is just cut-off without fade-out this will cost you deductions
  • Ending before the music ends results in deductionsMoves
  • This category won’t be judged on flexibility yet, so splits don’t have to be straight yet. You are judged by how confidently you perform it.
  • Stage presence is the most important thing in this category!

Moves

  • No aerial inverts, no combinations over 3 moves together.
  • Only basic inverted moves allowed (butterfly, chopper, leghangs)
  • No ayesha or handspring.
  • This category does not allow stripping. This is because we want to ristrict the stripping to just one moment of the show. Stripping is only considered stripping when it is taking something off to show nudity. When a piece of clothing is removed to reveal other clothes it’s not considered stripping.

Intermediate

This category is for those who are not a beginner anymore. Teachers to beginners are allowed to this category (Maximum L1 teachers) and level ranges between being able to do superman – butterfly – leghangs and basic ayesha from invert and simple combinations with the basic upside down moves. The mentioned moves are examples of the level, not exclusive to the level.

Are you able to do aerial inverts with straight legs, basic drops, handspring and such you should enter intermediate/advanced.

Main focus is still stage presence over techniques. Tell your story and make sure it’s a clear theme.

Accessible for:

  • Up to 6 years of pole (if you had breaks/ gave birth, other reasons that took you out for a long time this doesn’t apply).
  • You’ve won a beginner category before
  • You’re a teacher to beginners (L1)

Music:

  • length must be between 3.20 minutes 3.31 minutes.
  • If the music is edited to fit the time limit, a good ending is sufficient. If the music is just cut-off without fade-out this will cost you deductions
  • Ending before the music ends results in deductions.

Moves

  • The way the moves fitted to level are incorporated in the dance will be judged. Think of originality over difficulty.
  • Up to basic inverted ayesha, leghangs, butterfly, shouldermount combo.
  • No max as opposed to the previous category of how many can be in 1 combination.
  • No handspring.
  • Make sure to incorporate at least 1 trick that showcases your flexibility.
  • This category does not allow stripping. This is because we want to ristrict the stripping to just one moment of the show. Stripping is only considered stripping when it is taking something off to show nudity. When a piece of clothing is removed to reveal other clothes it’s not considered stripping.

Intermediate/advanced

This cateogory is for the student that is well aware of their strenghts and weaknesses in pole. You know what you’re strength is so you can play into this to create a clean higher level show. This means you are allowed to have a few advanced tricks up you’re sleeve but you’re either more strong (powerpole) or more flexible that makes you able to do some advanced tricks in either one of those but not over all able to follow all the advanced classes. You are not shy on stage and know how to play with the music as well audience.

Accessible for:

  • 6 + years of pole (If you had long breaks, gave birth, other reasons that took you out for a long time, this doesn’t apply).
  • You’ve competed before in intermediate levels.
  • You’re a teacher to max. intermediate students.

Music:

  • length must be between 3.30 minutes 3.41 minutes.
  • If the music is edited to fit the time limit, a good ending is sufficient. If the music is just cut-off without fade-out this will cost you deductions
  • Ending before the music ends results in deductions.

Moves

  • Overall it’s expected to see a combination of story, originality and musicality.
  • Flexibility: fake splits, visually a flat jade (turned out splits).
  • Make sure to incorporate at least 1 trick in as well static and spinning that showcases your flexibility & strength (this can either be 4 tricks total or a strength & flexibiltiy move can be combined for example marion amber is as well strong as flexible as opposed to leghang cocoon which only showcases flexibilty).
  • This category does not allow stripping. This is because we want to ristrict the stripping to just one moment of the show. Stripping is only considered stripping when it is taking something off to show nudity. When a piece of clothing is removed to reveal other clothes it’s not considered stripping.

advanced/elite

This category is for the highly advanced poledancer. This means you are able to demonstrate as well flexibility tricks as power dynamics.

Accessible for:

  • 8 + years of pole (If you had long breaks, gave birth, other reasons that took you out for a long time, this doesn’t apply).
  • You’ve competed before in higher levels.
  • You’re a teacher to advanced students
  • You built your own brand
  • Teaching, owning a studio is your full time living.

Music:

  • length must be between 3.40 minutes 3.51 minutes.
  • If the music is edited to fit the time limit, a good ending is sufficient. If the music is just cut-off without fade-out this will cost you deductions
  • Ending before the music ends results in deductions.

Moves

  • Overall it’s expected to see a combination of story, originality and musicality.
  • Incorporate at least 1 advanced tumble/ dynamic in the routine (This can be an advanced combination with multiple comples transitions and static rotations performed in a row/ a tumble from the top of the pole to down/ or a flip – advanced drop of such).
  • Flexibility: 180 degrees or oversplits
  • Make sure to incorporate at least 1 trick in as well static and spinning that showcases your flexibility & strength AND in the floorwork routine (this can either be 6 tricks total or a strength & flexibiltiy move can be combined for example marion amber is as well strong as flexible as opposed to leghang cocoon which only showcases flexibilty).
  • This category does not allow stripping. This is because we want to ristrict the stripping to just one moment of the show. Stripping is only considered stripping when it is taking something off to show nudity. When a piece of clothing is removed to reveal other clothes it’s not considered stripping.

Duo/groups

Tell a story together in this category!
Make sure to switch between carrier and flyer and you’ll be judged on the level you represent as a pair. Main focus will be synchronicity and interplay between the dancers. We expect an cohesive show and do not catch participants of an act waiting for their turn or doing nothing.

Music:

  • length must be between 3.40 minutes 3.51 minutes.
  • If the music is edited to fit the time limit, a good ending is sufficient. If the music is just cut-off without fade-out this will cost you deductions
  • Ending before the music ends results in deductions.

Moves

  • Judged on synchronicity (either same moves or counting)
  • Interaction between dancers on stage and public.
  • Outfits should have a smart matching component. Originality is applauded.
  • Originality of duo/ triple moves.
  • Overall theme.
  • This category does not allow stripping. This is because we want to ristrict the stripping to just one moment of the show. Stripping is only considered stripping when it is taking something off to show nudity. When a piece of clothing is removed to reveal other clothes it’s not considered stripping.