Essential Pole Division

Friday July 13th

General Description

  • This is a national division open to applicants from the US, Canada and Mexico
  • Open to any aged dancer including ages 40 and up.
  • Open to both men and women.
  • Open to students as well as instructors of any level amateur or pro.
  • Open to past competitors of all other divisions of Midwest and North American championships
  • Static pole only

Moves are limited to:

  • Floor work
  • Transitions
  • Spins
  • Combination of any number of one or two-handed spins in a row

Judging Criteria:

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Clarification of moves allowed: Horizontal and upright full and half bracket spins – two handed or single handed. Unlimited combination of spins with either aerial or grounded transitions between spins and upright transitional pole moves and poses which include at least one foot on the floor at all times including splits with one foot up on the pole. Floor work may include splits and inverted poses while not in contact with the pole.

Example of moves allowed: Fireman/basic spin, cradle/tuck spin, chair spin, upright chopper/boomerang spin, spinning superman, reverse attitude grab/blind spin etc. Any number of combo spins such as front to back hook with grounded or aerial transitions. Transitions: Pirouettes, back slides, standing knee hook pose, etc. Floor work: splits, shoulder stands/plows, head/handstands, somersaults/rollovers, etc Upright splits (one foot remains firmly on floor) and handstands (one or both hands firmly on floor) but may not be touching pole.

Exception: Head can be below hips during back arch, forward fold or side bend as long as one or both feet are on the floor.

Clarification: Spins on the static pole may not end in a static aerial pose. For example:

  • Spinning superman may not freeze in a superman pose but must continue into another spin or to the floor
  • Fireman spin may not freeze ending in a seated pose on the pole but must continue into another spin or ending with feet on floor.

Examples of moves not allowed: No inverted spins such as inverted chopper/boomerang, Phoenix (combo of reverse attitude grab to twisted grip inverted chopper) No spins or poses which require a step up onto the pole in order to execute (no standing fireman) No hands-free spins. No climbing, seated poses or standing poses on the pole up above the floor. No handstand/forearm stands against the pole. No horizontal or upright poses on the pole such as sits, planks, standing crucifix, laybacks, suspended mid air poses of any type (feet off floor) inverts, ballerina, knee holds, flag, superman, etc.

Note: A good rule of thumb to follow – You must have one or both feet on the floor at all times except for spins and floor work.
Horizontal spins are allowed – inverted spins, standing or climbing spins are NOT. Your hips may not be over your head at any time in which you are on the pole.

Clarification of floor work: Hips may be over the head during floor work. Example: Handstands/forearm stands, somersaults, shoulder stand positions, etc. Also will include stands, turns, jumps, and pirouettes/pivots done away from pole. Handstands/forearm/shoulder stands may NOT be done against the pole. If you are touching the pole your hips may not be above your head.