Semi-Pro Division

Friday July 13th

Please note these rules and the criteria below are subject to change but will be finalized before finalists are announced. In the interest of determining the most fair and uncomplicated criteria for this division we will continue to consider variations in the criteria but the skill level will be in line with someone who is not ready to compete in the professional/elite level division with the criteria entailed in that division.

This competitor may be just perfecting Ayesha's and split grip hand springs but will not be ready to compete with moves requiring higher levels of skill and flexibility such at Janeiro, Oona/Russion splits, Jade splits, fang poses, etc. The only aerial invert allowed will be the basic invert position. See bottom of page for further clarifications.

General description:

  • This is a national division open to residents of the US, Canada and Mexico
  • Open to dancers age 18 and over, including over 40 years old.
  • Open to men and women.
  • One pole will be on static (stage left) and one on spin (stage right).

Limitations of experience:

  • Should not be proficiently performing a number of moves which are from the prohibited list of moves in this division.
  • For Example…you may be working on Fonjis, Spatchcocks, Iron X's, aerial deadlifts and hands free cupids but are not smooth and proficient at performing all of them together in a routine.
  • May be currently or may have previously worked as an instructor and/or paid to perform 

*Entry into this division is based upon an "honor" system. Due to the varied levels of national level competitions being held, we wish to keep this division comparable to the levels within our own event. If you have any questions about whether you qualify for the Semi-Pro division, you should contact the organizers. Should it be determined after you have been accepted into this division that you do not in fact qualify based upon other performances, you may be offered the chance to move up to the elite division or will be disqualified without penalty or fines

Judging Criteria

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Moves allowed:

  • All moves for this division are limited to those in the Pole Dance Community Syllabus levels 1-4 only.
  • All transitions between aerial moves must maintain 3 points of contact.
  • Exception: leg positions and grips/arm positions in spins may vary from those in levels 1-4
  • May handspring from the floor only into moves with at least 3 points of contact such as butterfly, Apprentice, Jamilla and inverted D
  • All inverted aerial transitions into a pose or trick must maintain 3 points of contact
    This does not mean all aerial poses/tricks…but the act of inverting into an aerial pose.
    Upright transitions and coming down from a pose may have one or two points of contact.
  • May descend from inverted position into twisted, split grip, elbow and forearm holds with 2 points of contact such as Ayesha, straddles, straight edge, etc.
  • Other exceptions from the list of level 5 moves, the following moves are also allowed in addition to 1-4: click here
  • "Basic" floor work holding onto the pole which may include inverted straddle, trapped leg splits/variations, knee circles/teardrops, etc click here added 5/7/17

Moves not allowed:

  • NO other moves are allowed
  • Static poses may not vary in leg/arm positions or grips from those in levels 1-4.
  • May not handspring from the floor into moves with two points of contact (May not handspring into Ayesha's, straddles, straight edges, etc)
  • May not perform aerial handsprings
  • May not perform any aerial inverts aside from the basic/straddle invert
  • No drops or tumbles aside from those specifically named within the PDC Syllabus – so do not create combos which result in a tumble or drop. You must transition through it without doing a tumble or drop!
  • Cupid may not be hands free (Hummingbird) but must have one hand gripping the pole or holding the upper leg/ankle

Click here to view the Pole Dance Community Syllabus!

Click here to see a list of additional moves approved for Semi-Pro in addition to PDC Levels 1-4