Every competition has a different vision of who the winner will be. Some are more artistic based, some more athletic and some a combination of things. Additionally, every competition has different rules and expectations set by the organizer.

We encourage everyone to research ANY competition you enter so that you find the competition, which has the right fit for you personally and for your style.

  • Application Process
  1. When is the deadline for application?
    ~For the International and Midwest Elite Divisions: Both payment and application must be received no later than exactly 11:59pm March 31st 2018. Any applications received at exactly 12:00am CST on April 1st will be disqualified and your application fee will not be returned and you will not receive scores or reviews from the online judges. We highly advise you do not wait until the last minute to submit your video!
    ~For the Open Divisions: registration will close approximately 45 days prior to the date of the event – or when all spots are filled – whichever comes first.
  2. What is the cost of application?
    ~For the Elite and exotic divisions the cost is $55 per video submitted and a $100 finalists confirmation fee is due within 24 hours of notice if accepted in your division.
    ~For the open divisions the cost is $200 per division
    ~There is no discount for applying to multiple divisions in either open or elite or exotic divisions and no credits if rejected in one division and you wish to apply to another.
  3. Can I apply to more than one division? What if qualify for more than one division? 
    ~International and Midwest Elite Divisions: Yes, if you meet the qualifications or if you are new to competing and are uncertain whether you qualify for midwest or international you may submit for multiple divisions but you will only compete in one division
    ~Open Divisions: You may apply to any number of open divisions, even if you have applied to a pro division, as long as you pay the registration fee for each division. There are no discounts for signing up for more than one division.
    ~Exotic Divisions: You may apply to any number of divisions
  4. Can I submit the same video for multiple divisions?
  5. Can I submit more than one video for the same division?
    No…. we will only accept one video per division.
  6. Do I have to use both static and spin poles in my application video if my division is using both?
    No. Keep in mind that the more versatility you show in your application video the better your odds of being selected but many finalists have qualified with a video using only static or only spin
  7. If my division uses only statice pole can I include spin pole in my video?
    No. You must use  only static pole in applications for divisions using only static in the finals.
  8. When will I find out if I’ve been accepted in the exotic and elite divisions?
    Finalists will be notified by email within 21 days of the closing of the online video applications for exotic and elite divisions.
    Those who do not qualify will receive an email notification prior to the time we post our finalists!
  9. How long can my application video be?
    Your video can be no longer than exactly 3 minutes. Please keep in mind that during the upload process The server may add a few seconds to your video so we suggest your original edit be no longer than 2min 55 seconds or you may have to re-edit and re-upload.Dead space on your video of silence without dance movement or introductions will not count as part of the length of your video.Any videos longer than exactly 3 minutes will be rejected and you will not receive a refund or credit of your application fee(s).  If there is time to notify you by email in order to allow you the chance to upload a new video but we are not responsible for videos uploaded after the deadline or emails that are not read in time to upload a new video prior to the deadline.
    There is no minimum length but we encourage you to give us as long of a performance as you can within the maximum length of 3 minutes in order for the judges to best determine your skills.
  10. Where do I upload my video?
    Upload all videos to Youtube or Vimeo. If your video is not accepted on Youtube or Vimeo due to copyright issues, please contact us immediately and prior to the deadline.
  11. What happens if I decide to decline after I’ve been accepted to compete in the elite divisions?
    If you decline the offer after application for any reason other than health or injury, you will be charged $250 if you cannot provide a doctors note within 72 hours.If you decline after you sign your contract, you will be charged $500.
  12. Why must I apply/perform under my real name?
    While we understand that many performers cannot, for various reasons, be public about their participation in pole dance, we are working to make this less of an issue in the community and prefer to see real names used instead of obvious stage names. We feel this presents a more professional image to the non-pole community.You may only sign contracts with your original legal name but applicants may use an assumed name only with proper proof/documentation of a legally assumed name. In the case where a competitor needs anonymity, stage names will be accepted but must be approved and we will reject names that do not sound professional or standard names. You may use your first name and last name initial, a middle name, etc. upon approval by Midwest Pole Dancing.

    You may not sign your contract under your business name and you may only compete under your "stage" name if it is also registered as an assumed name.Press may be present at the event and your videos and pictures may be posted publicly. Your identity is not guaranteed to be kept private by performing under an assumed name.

  13. Do I have an alternative to using my real name?
    You may use your middle and last name as long as it is listed on your proof of identity.
  14. Can I use my stage name or a nickname in addition to my legal name?
    Your stage name may be listed next to your legal name on the website and at the event without proof of legal ownership of that name – that is no paperwork is required if you wish to have your stage name/nickname listed in addition to your real name.
  15. How do I choose which division to apply to?
    Only residents of Midwest states may apply to the Midwest Elite (male and female)Residents of the Midwest and all of the USA, Canada and Mexico may apply to the Essential Pole and Semi Pro divisions.
    North American International Elite is divided into men’s and women’s division and open to residents residing anywhere in the world. Applicants to the Masters division must be at least 40 years old and no more than 49 years old on July 7th, 2017 and applicants to the Grand Masters must be at least 50 years old on July 7th, 2017 and are both open to men and women residing anywhere in the world.
  16. How is residency determined?
    By your drivers license or state ID or passport which must be no less than 90 days old at time of application. 75% of your time must be spent living in your claimed area of residence unless you can show proof of traveling to teach or perform. Traveling to train must be limited to 25% of your residency time.
  17. Can instructors and other professionals apply to the essential pole division?
    The essential pole division is no longer considered an amateur division of competition and is open to those who perform at a higher level, who teach, or who earn money pole dancing.
  18. Can instructors and other professionals apply to the open divisions?
    The open divisions for 2017 do not restrict the experience of applicants based upon professional backgrounds.
  • Competition

  1. Who are the judges and how are they chosen?
    The judges are listed on our website under the judges page. They have been chosen based upon their extensive knowledge and/or experience of both pole and dance. We do not believe that with all the experienced professional pole dancers available that we need to use non-pole dance professionals, who often do not understand the difficulty of a move or even the correct lines of a move in this field.Judges for each division will be determined after finalists are selected so that we may do our best to avoid conflicts of interest.
  2. How is order of performance chosen for the competition?
    A random name generator is used to determine order of appearance. Participants will be notified of their order of appearance at the competitors meeting the morning of the competition.
  3.  What type of training do the judges receive prior to the competition?
    Judges all participate in a judges training and certification program. This program has been developed in coordination with pole dancers who have a professional background which may include competing, judging, competition organization, etc.
  4. How do I keep all of the deadlines and rules straight?
    Competitors all have access to a finalist help page listing deadlines and providing other helpful information as they prepare for their event. They also will be invited to a private Facebook group where they can discuss and ask questions about the event. Additionally they have unlimited access to the event organizer, who is not a judge, for advise and questions.
  5. Where can I stay during the weekend of the competition?
    You may stay either at the event hotel at the Pheasant Run Resort, at other local area hotels or at a friend’s home or your home if you live locally, as long as you are able to comply with attendance at all mandatory meetings at the event and appearance prior to your competition.
  6.  When do I have to arrive at the venue?
    You will be expected to attend a competitors meeting by 7pm the evening before your competition and you must be at the venue no later than 8am the morning of your competition, regardless of which division you are in. You must check in with the even organizer upon arrival. Competitors who are late for meetings or appearance will have 10 points deducted from their final score for each occurrence.
  7. When can I leave the event?
    All competitors must stay until 5pm on Sunday after their event.
  8. When will I receive my scores from my performance?
    You will receive a copy of your score sheet by email within approximately 60 days. You will also receive a list by email of where you placed in the competition but that list will not include the names of others ranking in that division.
  9.  What is more important – flexibility, strength or artistry?
    All are equal in our event. We want to see the most well-rounded performance in our winner. The winner may not have the best tricks but may have the best artistry and showmanship if it was such that it impressed the judges more than someone else who knocked out the best tricks. However, someone with the best tricks may win over others if their score in technicality outweighed everything else.
  10. How can men and women compete against each other in the same division?
    We are not judging on strength alone. Judges will determine strength relative to your gender. We know that men are stronger than women but this is not a weight lifting contest. Additionally, strength is just one of many components of valuation.Strength is assessed in a number of ways. Judges will assess whether a competitor has chosen moves which show impressive strength for their gender and whether they have chosen wisely. Do not chose an iron X if you cannot hold it well.Also, some of the men are concerned that they cannot be as graceful or as fluid as the women but again, all elements are scored equally so strength may in fact trump fluidity and vice versa!
  • Rules and regulations
  1. How did Midwest Pole Dancing develop its rules and regulations?
    After much research MWPD set forth the first competition in 2011 using criteria determined from listening to the pole community as well as setting standards, which worked with our vision of what our winner should represent. Since that time, we have continued to take all feedback into consideration and have made adjustments to rules and valuation based upon community majority input, professional input from judges, organizers and high level competitors, as well as tweaking our criteria when we felt it has not truly reflected our vision.
  2. Why are the rules so strict?
    As organizers we do not feel that we have the right to make a judgment call so we set precise rules and guidelines and stick to them to avoid claims of favoritism. Strict rules will ensure a fair and honest event.
  3.  Why are points deducted for missed deadlines?
    Professionalism is an important part of being a champion. Additionally, when a competitor does not adhere to a deadline, not only does that create more work for the organizer, but it gives them an unfair advantage over another competitor who complied with the deadline but may have wanted more time to work on it themselves. As an organizer we will not determine if a one-minute delay is any more acceptable than a one-day delay.
  4. Can I train with any of the judges prior to my competition?
    Once you have been accepted into the competition, you may take occasional group workshops with any of the judges prior to the competition up to a total of 2 hours per month per judge. You may not receive any competition or one on one coaching from the judges for your division. You may not take any privates, semi-privates or any classes or workshops relating to competition training, planning choreography or coaching prior to the competition. Judges will be announced within 14 days of announcing finalists.
  5. Can I take a workshop with any of the judges the weekend of the competition?
    You may only take group workshops with judges prior to your event but you may not take any private or semi-private lessons of any type or coaching for your performance.
  6. How is my performance scored and what deductions might I receive?
    Please see this page for details on scoring: Valuation. Many elements are not specifically noted as a deduction as we only addressed deductions which we felt were critical. However, that does not mean that a score is not impacted by other mistakes or problems. Lack of point, wiping hands, repeated walking, etc all affect the ability to score higher in various categories.