Essential Pole Division

***Please note that as some of our criteria has changed since last year, the video above may not accurately reflect either prohibited or allowed moves. Please review the criteria below carefully.

Friday July 13th

General Description

  • This is a national division open to applicants from the US, Canada and Mexico
  • Open to dancers age 18 and over, including over 40 years old.
  • 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
  • Both poles on static mode only

Moves are limited to:

  • "Low Flow" (bottom half of pole)
  • 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
  • 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.

New for 2018

  • May take ONE step up onto pole for above the floor poses
  • Horizontal seated or standing aerial poses on the pole that do not include splits or extreme flexibility
  • At least one hand must be on the pole at all times for horizontal poses
  • Hips must be below or parallel with the head at all times
  • Feet must be below or parallel with the head at all times

    • exception: Hello boys/straddle sit
  • Spins on the static pole may end in a static aerial pose on the lower half of the pole. For example:

    • Spinning superman may freeze in a superman pose
    • Fireman spin may freeze ending in a seated pose on 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.
  • Upward facing planches/planks, seated, standing poses.
  • Genie, jasmine, etc may be entered from floor positions but may not be dropped into or inverted into.
  • 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)
  • 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.

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 hands-free spins.
  • No climbing more than one single step up onto the pole
  • No handstand/forearm stands against the pole.
  • No inverted moves of any type
  • No dropping/lowering/inverting into planches/planks, side lying poses such as jasmine, genie, superman

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 or upright seated, standing or upright facing plank/planche poses.
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.