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  • Amateur Finalists
  • Attending the Competition
  • Judges and Score System
  • Novice Finalists
  • Pro Finalists
  • Video Applicants

Amateur Finalists

If I am a finalist will I get a gift bag?

All finalists receive a gift bag

Can I have props?

All props MUST be approved by the USPDF board

Can I use spinning pole instead of stationary pole?

The Compulsory spin will need to be performed on the stationary pole and there will be a mandatory 30 seconds on spin pole for the stage performance.

Can I do anything I want in my routine?

USPDF encourage finalists to be creative on stage, however you are required to do compulsory moves in your routine. Heels are not required but remember our tag line: The Sleek, The Strong, The Sexy

Are there any restrictions on what type of music I can use?

USPDF doesn't want anyone in the audience to be offended. No vulgar music, radio edits only.

What are the prizes given?

Prizes are different for each competition. However, the winners in the Amateur competitions will receive their USPDF Pro Status and Metals and/or Sashes

Attending the Competition

Who is Sway Polewear?

Sway Polewear is our social media sponsor for the 2017 US Pole Dance Championship! Sway is exclusive dance wear, handcrafted in Poland for every woman who wants to share how strong and empowering they can be. Bringing you pole wear that is fit from studio to stage, from sporty to sultry siren. With unique, pin up inspired designs, you can be the ultimate showgirl with Sway. Your way, sexy way, Sway. http://www.sway-polewear.com/

What are compulsory moves?

Compulsory moves are required movements for the Amateur and Pro competitors to include in their performance. At the competition there will be a USPDF Pro demonstrating the compulsory moves.

Will USPDF merchandise be available for purchase at the show?

Yes, a USPDF merchandise table is found at each event. You can also purchase merchandise online through the store

Can I take photos and video of the performers?

Yes, you can take pictures/video, please #USPDF2016.  You cannot stand while taking photos/video and cannot be impeding someone else's view.

Is there an age limit?

Yes, you must be at least 12 years old to attend the show

Where can I purchase tickets?

Tickets go on sale approximately 3 months before an event.  Check our Instagram/Facebook for announcements on our pre sale.  If you miss the pre sale you can purchase your ticket through the Symphony Space theater website.  Also if the event is not sold out, you can purchase tickets at the door as well. http://www.symphonyspace.org/home  

Judges and Score System

How do you become a USPDF judge?

You can contact the USPDF and let us know you're interested

Who are the USPDF judges?

USPDF judges are typically professional choreographers, dancers and aerialists who've had years of experience. Some have extensive backgrounds in gymnastic and fitness. All USPDF judges are trained to become a judge by the USPDF board.

Will I be judged differently on a spinning versus stationary pole?

You'll be judged based on the same elements. The 'Finalist Package' will explain more details.

I have all these difficult moves I'd like to do, will I win?

You can do them but "difficult moves" are not a recipe to win. Finalists should refer to the competitor section of the website for scoring

Novice Finalists

What is Novice Artistic?

Novice will have two divisions, Novice Sexy and Novice Artistic. Novice Artistic does not have a footwear requirement and encompasses all other forms of dance whether that be jazz, hip hop, classical, modern, etc.

What is Novice Sexy?

Novice will have two divisions, Novice Sexy and Novice Artistic. Novice Sexy will be required to wear a minimum of 6inch heels. We will be looking for you to bring a sexy/classy performance.

If I am a finalist will I get a gift bag?

All finalists receive a gift bag

Can I have props?

All props MUST be approved by the USPDF board

Can I use spinning pole instead of stationary pole?

Yes, you can choose to do static and/or spinning.

Can I do anything I want in my routine?

USPDF encourage finalists to be creative on stage, however if you are competing in Novice sexy you are required to wear minimum 6 inch heels. Keep it sexy/classy and remember our tag line: The Sleek, The Strong, The Sexy

Are there any restrictions on what type of music I can use?

USPDF doesn't want anyone in the audience to be offended. No vulgar music, radio edits only.

What are the prizes given?

Prizes are different for each competition. However, the winners in the Novice competitions will receive Metals and/or Sashes

Pro Finalists

If I am a finalist will I get a gift bag?

All finalists receive a gift bag

Can I have props?

All props MUST be approved by the USPDF board

What are the prizes given?

Prizes are different for each competition. However, the winner in the Pro competitions will always receive a cash prize amongst other prizes as well as metals and/or sashes.

Are there any restrictions on what type of music I can use?

USPDF doesn't want anyone in the audience to be offended. No vulgar music, radio edits only.

Can I do anything I want in my optional round?

Yes, USPDF encourage finalists to be creative on stage, however keep it sexy/classy and remember our tag line: The Sleek, The Strong, The Sexy

Can I use spinning pole instead of stationary pole?

All required spins in the compulsory routine have to be performed on the stationary pole for Pros. Pros should use both spinning and stationary for optional routine but it is not required.

Can I dance barefoot in the competition?

You can be barefoot or wear heels in the optional round. Compulsory round you must wear minimum of 6 inch heels.

How do I know if I've included all the requirements in my compulsory round?

Finalists are given a 'Finalist Package' that includes all the requirements. Finalists are encouraged to ask questions, send pictures and videos of their progress to make sure they understand the information correctly, and also to receive general feedback on their routines. USPDF wish for all competitors to be fully prepared to go on stage and look their best.

If I get picked as a finalist, do I have to do a compulsory round?

Yes, all finalists have to do compulsory round and optional round.

Video Applicants

Where do I submit my video and pay for my video fee?

You must fill out the online application under the video submission section of our website. Once you complete your application you will automatically be directed to a payment site to pay your video fee. CLICK HERE to submit your video

Do I have to do compulsory moves for my video submission?

No, compulsory moves are only required for the stage performance for Amateur and Pro competitors.

I have won a pro competition with other organizations, am I considered a pro?

No, the only way to get your pro status with the USPDF is to officially be given your Pro status by placing in an Amateur competition with the USPDF.

What is the difference between Amateur and Novice?

Amateur is someone that is taking pole competitions seriously in hopes to grow their pole dancing career as a professional. Amateurs are elite athletes competing to be recognized as a USPDF pro. A Novice competitor is someone that might not be ready to compete at a USPDF Amateur level. None of the competitors in the Novice Division receive a Pro status. We put less emphasis on difficulty in the Novice Division then we do in the Amateur Division. If you are looking to obtain your Pro status you MUST compete in the Amateur Division.

I was chosen as a finalist, can I let the world know?

No, once the USPDF has made a public announcement on Facebook then you can let the world know.

I worked really hard on my submission video, but I didn't get picked. What am I doing wrong?

We appreciate all the hard work you put into your video submission. For some applicants it takes a couple of times before getting selected, just don't give up. Your video will be reviewed by USPDF judges and/or UPSDF board member who will provide you with feedback

Can I use spinning pole instead of stationary pole for my submission video?

Yes, you can use either or both in submission video. However, for Pro and Amateur competitors we encourage you to do both as you will be required to use both poles during the stage competition.

Can I dance barefoot in my submission video?

Yes, you can dance barefoot in your submission video, but remember our tag line: The Sleek, The Strong, The Sexy. If you are submitting a video for the Novice sexy division you must wear minimum 6 inch heels.

Can I send an edited submission video?

No, edited videos will not be acceptable. USPDF won't be able to determine consistency of style, technique, stamina, strength, flexibility, etc unless watching a dancer for 2-2.5 min unedited.

Can I set my submission video to "private" or "unlisted" on YouTube?

No. All submission videos have to be set to "Public" on YouTube with the required title as described in the competitor section of the website. No exceptions.

Why don't you have competitions for doubles or for guys?

Once the USPDF grows larger we'll hopefully have room for other divisions.

Can strippers apply?

The USPDF places no judgement on your profession of choice, you will be judged fairly amongst everyone else. However, pole dancing is not stripping and the USPDF is not associated with the adult entertainment industry.

I'm not a US citizen and I don't have a Green Card, can I apply?

Only U.S. citizens or green card holders can apply for Amateur and/or Pro. If you are NOT a U.S. citizen and dont have a green card you can apply for the novice competition, but you must have a United States address on your video application.

Is there an age limit for applicants?

You must be at least 18 years old to submit a video/compete