- What is the International Pole Championships?
- Who conducts and where are the Championships held?
- How do I apply for IPC?
- How do competitions earn granted Semi-Final entry for winners?
- Do I need to submit a video entry?
- Do doubles need to apply separately?
- Is there a fee to apply?
- When do applications close?
- What are the IPC Divisions?
- What are the judges looking for?
- What are the IPDFA Awards
- Does the judging panel belong to the same industry or any other recognised art or sport platform?
- Is media part of this event? Are you advertising the Championships for global attention?
- Can I apply to judge IPC?
- Can IPDFA board members compete for the Championship?
- Are there any country restrictions to compete for the Championship?
- What are the prizes for Pole Idol and Pole Fan winners?
- Does IPDFA sponsor the finalists?
- Are there any events associated with IPC?
- Where can I buy tickets to watch?
The International Pole Championship (IPC) is a competition organised by International Pole Dance Fitness Association (IPDFA) with the first held in 2008. It is the brainchild of renowned performer and instructor Ania/Anna Przeplasko. It is the one pioneering international pole dance fitness championship where winners are credited solely for their dance skills, trick techniques, and overall showmanship. The IPC is the first pole competition to introduce both men and disabled divisions. Winners of national championships are granted entry to this championship. Undiscovered talents are encouraged to submit a video entry via the IPC website. All semi-finalists stand a chance to gain online votes and win the title Pole Idol, along with sponsorship to the Grand Finals.
The International Pole Dance Fitness Association (IPDFA) together with local partners runs the Championships and they are held in a different country each year – chosen specifically as being a region where the IPDFA would like to increase awareness and promotion of pole dancing. If your organisation would like to host IPC in the future, please fill out this form.
The 2018 International Pole Championship will be held at the Chandler Theater, Sleeman Sports Centre in Brisbane, Australia
To compete in the International Pole Championships, all competitors must be reviewed by a judging panel via video submission. Entry into Semi-Finals are judged by video submission and judging panel reviews each of the video entries and scores them according to a universal scoring sheet.
There are two ways to gain entry to the semi-finals:
- Granted entry
- Individual entry.
You can read more about the application process here.
Applications for competitions to apply for granted entry will open 1st September 2017 and close 30th September 2017.
Competitions must apply for granted entry by filling in the online application form at www.polechampionship.com/register and submitting an entry fee of 80USD.
Information required for this application includes a brief description of their competition, a description/outline of their categories and divisions, competition guidelines, rules, entry process, judging criteria and information about their judges and how these judges are selected.
Once this is submitted, the IPC will then review the application to see if it meets the IPC guidelines.
If all the competition systems, guidelines, judging criteria and selection process are deemed transparent, fair and reasonable then the competition will be approved and their winner(s) will reserve the right to gain Granted Entry through to the IPC semi-finals.
Yes, unless you have been granted an entry to IPC, you have to submit a video as part of your Individual Entry. Read about the Rules and Requirements for Entry Videos here.
Doubles entries should consist of one completed and signed application form per person, together with the same video entry.
- Each Granted Entry applicant needs to pay a fee of US$45 to apply.
- Individual applications will have a US$80 fee.
Semi-finals applications close on the 30th of September. Here are the key dates to keep in mind:
- 1st September 2017 –Applications for IPC 2018 open
- 30th of September – Applications for IPC close
- 1st October – 31st October –Semi-Finalists announced
- 1st November- 30th November – Pole Idol Voting
- 1st November- 30th November – Judging of semi-finalists
- Friday, 15th November – Closing of submissions for Award Nominations
- Friday, 1st December – Pole Idol winner announcement
- Friday, 1st December – Finalists of competitors announced
- 15th December 2017 – Award nominations begin announcement
- Friday, 20th of April – Pole Professionals Conference
- Saturday 21st April – Grand Final Competition & Expo
- Saturday 21st April – Announcement of winners of awards
- 22nd and 23rd April– Workshops
- 23rd of April – Closing party
9. What are the IPC divisions?
The International Pole Championship includes five divisions:
- Women – 10 Finalists
- Men – 6 Finalists
- Doubles – 6 Finalists
- Disabled – 3 Finalists
- Masters – 3 Finalists
ULTIMATE: The Ultimate Pole Champion is an IPC winning title and is awarded to the competitor that scores the highest with performance and technical scores combined. They demonstrate the highest level of technical skill, strength, flexibility and dynamic movement, along with the highest level of performance, fluidity, and showmanship.
POLE FIT: Pole Fit Champion is awarded to the competitor that scores the highest in the technical judging criteria who displays the most strength, flexibility, dynamic movement and aerobic endurance through well-executed pole dance movements. Judges will be looking for pole tricks and combinations, which display a high degree of difficulty executed with flawless technique, and smooth transitions combined with dance/movement in an entertaining routine.
POLE ART: Pole Art Champion is awarded to the competitor that scores the highest in the performance judging criteria. They perform a routine that displays great artistic expression, through their movement to music, musicality, showmanship, interpretation of their song and creative choreography. This competitor is still expected to show a high level of skill and technique on the pole but the scoring will be weighted towards the performance side of their routine.
POLE IDOL: Pole Idol is the competitor who generates the highest number of online votes across all divisions. Voting is open to the public and The Pole Idol will be given granted entry to the grand finals, also having their flights to the competition paid for by IPDFA (terms and conditions apply).
In addition to the titles presented to the winners in each division, the following industry awards will also be presented at the IPC world finals.
- 2018 IPDFA Pole Industry Award
- 2018 IPDFA Studio Of The Year
- 2018 IPDFA Instructor Of The Year
- 2018 IPDFA Choreographer Of The Year
- 2018 IPDFA Pole Performer Of The Year
Well-recognised and respected individuals from other industries, including the circus industry, are invited to join the judging panel.
Yes, the global media is involved and in fact, IPDFA was successfully featured on international channels such as Reuters, Associated Press, promoting the International Pole Championship. In fact, the pole dance industry has acknowledged IPC as the Best Media Attended Event.
To be a judge, you must first complete IPDFA’s judging criteria and have a minimum three years judging experience, including at least two international events.
Pole dancers from all countries are welcome and encouraged to apply.
One lucky pole fan will be selected to fly to Australia with their Pole Idol, attend all of the exciting industry parties and events, and watch the world’s elite pole stars take to the stage to battle it out for the coveted titles.
The competition is two-fold. The Pole Idol winner (competitor) will win $800 towards flights to Australia, plus two-nights accommodation and Granted Entry to the finals. The Pole Idol Fan also wins $800 towards their flights to Australia, backstage passes and a VIP ticket to watch all of their Pole Stars compete at IPC.
All you have to do to win your place at the most talked about pole event this year is vote for your Pole Idol. Not only will you be helping to ensure your Pole Idol gets through to the finals, but you could even be joining them, together with the World’s Pole Royalty, at the only place anyone in the industry wants to be in April next year.
Terms and conditions: IPDFA maintains the right to use all photography and interviews with the winner prior to, during and following the International Pole Championship for publicity purposes. No IPDFA team or members can take part and IPDFA reserves the right to cancel the competition or prize due to unforeseen circumstances, including but not limited to, natural disaster. Winner must be 18 years or over, and the prizes for both Pole Idol and Pole Fan are redeemable only upon presentation of their invoices in Hong Kong and upon attending IPC. If the prize is not claimed, it will be awarded to another Pole Fan at IPDFA’s discretion.
Yes – the winner of Pole Idol receives $800US towards their flights and accommodation
There are two events. First of all, the Pole Professional Conference brings together Pole Dance Fitness professionals and national association representatives from different countries to discuss the future, rules, and regulations of pole dance fitness. Secondly, workshops with IPC finalists are offered following IPC.
IPDFA forms a partnership with local ticket providers or official ticket box office for ticket sales. Check the IPC website for booking details. Workshops can be booked online as well.