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Entries for 2018 are now closed. Please use the 2018 information as a guide only.


How to Enter

To compete in the International Pole Championships, all competitors must be reviewed by a judging panel via video submission. An international 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:
1) Granted entry
2) Individual entry

Key Dates

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, 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


The International Pole Championship includes five divisions:

Awarded Titles

Ultimate Pole Champion – the competitor that scores the highest in the Performance and Technical Judging combined (see below for more judging guidelines)
Pole Art Champion – the competitor that scores the highest in the Performance Judging (see below for more judging guidelines)
Pole Fit Champion – the competitor that scores the highest in the Technical Judging (see below for more judging guidelines)
Pole Idol – the highest amount of online votes


National Competition Winners
IPDFA registered competitions may submit the information of their winners along with their application fee to have them listed in the Semi-finals. Winners may be submitted from multiple divisions. If you would like the winner of your competition to be awarded a Granted Entry place to the semi-finals please see the section “How do competitions earn granted semi-final entry for their winners?” below, for more information. All applicants who submit applications through national competitions will be in semi-finals.
The fee for entry through National Competition is 45USD

Wild Card Entry
IPC reserves the right to invite, at their discretion, up to three elite level pole performers from around the world, as granted entry positions in the semi grand finals. All wild card and granted entries will be required to enter a video of a routine that is in line with IPC guidelines before they will be accepted and approved.

IPC Previous Winners
Granted Entry to the IPC Grand Finals is automatically awarded to all Ultimate Pole Champions in all divisions of the last IPC Finals. These individuals will be contacted automatically.
IPC Pole Art and Pole Fit winners from the last IPC competition will be awarded complimentary granted entry to semi-finals while the Grand Finalists from the last IPC will receive granted entry to semi-finals through discounted registration (registration fee is 45USD).

Hosting Country Representatives
The national representative of the IPC hosting country. This should be the winner of a national championship in the hosting country. Should a national winner not be available or not exist, the national representative will be selected through video submission.

Pole Idol Winner
After Semi-finals applications have closed, those who have qualified for semi-finals will be entered into Pole Idol Voting. The competitor with the highest number of votes will be granted a place into Grand Finals as an additional competitor in that division.


All other competitors are welcome to submit their application through our website here.

Your video submission will be used to assess for possible entry to Semi-Finals. Up to 50 semi-finalists will be chosen. Up to 3 individual entry semi-finalists will be announced each week once applications are open. Applicants who apply early will have a higher chance of entering semi-finals as they will be judged among less applicants. The fee for individual entry is 80US

All applicants must be 18 years or above to enter. If a competitor is turning 40 or above in the year of the competition, they may choose to do Masters.

Applications for competitions to apply for granted entry will open 1st August 2017 and close 15th September 2017.
 Competitions must apply for granted entry by filling in the online application form at 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.

Video Entry – Rules and Requirements
  • Video must be well lit, with performer and pole easily visible
  • Applicants are required to use two poles: 1 static, 1 spinning, and must demonstrate trick combinations on both
  • Video must not include or show any other person than the applicant
  • Video length must be a minimum 2 mins, maximum 3 mins. Any choreography past the 3-minute mark of a video will not be counted towards your submission.
  • Video submission may be edited as long as it is clear the sequence and choreography is continuous and part of a single performance.
  • Video must be upright for viewing – not sideways
  • For those entering Doubles division, competitors must submit separate applications, with the same video
  • Video: production, music etc… must be royalty-free. IPDFA does not take responsibility for copyright issues and whatever claims against the video are made will be passed on to the applicant.
  • Video link must be set up in public mode.
  • Doubles entries should consist of one completed and signed application form per person, together with the same video entry.