Entries open: July 2nd 2022
Entries close: Midnight July 30th 2022
Finalists announced: August 6th 2022
COMPETITION DAY: October 15th 2022
Pole Expressions is proud to announce it’s newest event – POLE EXPRESSIONS CREWS!!
Doubles: 2 pole dancers
Groups: 3-4 pole dancers
Crews: 5-8 pole dancers
Pole Expressions Crews is open to all pole dancers nationally!!
Pole Expressions Crews will have 2 poles (Entrants can choose their pole configuration – one spin, one static, both spin or both static). Poles are approximately 3.2m high – 40mm brass x-poles, spaced approximately 3.3m apart. Dance flooring will surround the poles with approximate dimensions 8m x 5.5m. Finalists are able to use the entire stage for their performance and are not limited to the dance flooring space, please be aware of surface change.
A maximum of 4 people can be on the poles at one time, with a maximum of 3 people on one pole at any time. All participants must utilise the pole during the performance for a pole trick.
Divisions may be separated into amateur, semi-pro and professional depending upon the number of entries received. The group will be ranked as a whole based on the classification of the highest individual, as per the Australian Pole Comp Guidelines (https://www.australianpolecompguidelines.com). This classification is unique to Pole Expressions Crews.
Pole Expressions Crews is a social competition and placing will not affect your eligibility for graded competitions.
Maximum performance times:
Maximum performance times may be extended depending upon the number of entries received. All successful finalists will be notified if the maximum performance time changes
Video entries: Will be submitted via Google docs. Open from July 2-30 2022. A fee of $40 per entry applies. The video does not have to be the routine that you will perform on competition day.
Pole Tricks: 20
Tricks are scored on the overall difficulty, variety and execution. Routines must include a range of tricks demonstrating strength and flexibility. The trick isn’t just the final figure, judging also includes entry and exits of tricks.
A strong focus should be placed on paired or group moves including base–flyer, synchronisation and mirroring.
Movement is scored on demonstration of strong lines, full extensions and fluidity of movement on and off the pole. Consistency of movement style while performing tricks, transitions and floorwork, ensuring that the style isn’t lost when performing tricks. Clean lines for knees, toes and arms.
Off the pole: 10
Off the pole is scored on the difficulty, variety and execution of the dance and floorwork components in the routine. This includes transitions on and off the pole. Judges are looking for dance, acrobatic element and expression. **must include one base – flyer move?
Presentation is scored on the costume and musicality.
Costume: must add value to the performance and assist in setting the theme/ telling the story of the performance.
Musicality: the music was used effectively with the movements and tricks in the routine and used to add highs and lows to the performance.
Performance is scored based on your energy on stage. Stage Presence / Audience Engagement – refers to your “X-factor” on stage and how you entertain and engage with the audience
The routine must contain some elements of synchronicity on and off the pole. Not only with each other but also with the music.
Clarification of terms
Base-flyer – 2 or more people are involved to execute a trick or shape. Usually one person acts as a flyer and the other as a base. Can involve lifting, hanging or balance between each other. Base and flyer moves apply to both on the pole and on the floor (aka an acrobatic element).
Base flyer moves can involve any combination of strength, flexibility and balance.
Pole Trick – A solo or group move that involves the body weight being fully supported by the pole – Eg a climb or spin is a pole trick, kneeling on the floor and holding the pole while another pole dancer completes a trick is not considered a pole trick.
5 points will be deduced if:
(Maximum penalty 30 points)