The 2016 Olympic Games is drawing to a close. It’s been a fantastic couple of weeks and we’ve seen some incredible achievements by lots of amazing sports men and women and hopefully it’s inspired us to get involved with and achieve our own great things. On that note, although not an Olympic recognised sport (yet!), Pole Dancing is highly competitive and there are hundreds of events around the world which give pole dancers a chance to show off and compare their skills. The list is endless but I’ve compiled just a few of the most well known and biggest competitions below in case you fancy bringing home some gold medals yourself…
The International Pole Sports Federation is a fantastic organisation created to encourage the development of Pole Sports across the globe. It offers internationally recognised coaching and judging qualifications for Pole Sports as well as memberships for people wanting to be a part of the growth of the sport.
As well as this, every year they hold the World Pole Sports Championships. Held each July in London, they split the competition into 8 categories who then battle it out to win the title of World Pole Sports Champion. The categories are listed below…
- Senior Men – 18-39
- Senior Women – 18-39
- Masters 40+
- Masters 50+
- Junior – 15-17
- Novice – 10-14
The IPSF make sure that guidelines set by WADA about Anti-Doping and IOC rules for Sport are followed and are setting the foundation for Pole Sports to become a globally recognised sport.
Pole Sport Organization (PSO) claims to be ‘The World’s Largest Pro-Am Pole Competition’ and it offers the chance for a vast range of pole dancers from all different skill levels to perform, compete and receive feedback on their dancing and skills. The different events are split up dependent on the abilities, ages and gender of the dancers and it is structured in a competition format with feedback from a selection of judges.
The next U.S. National Pole Championships will be held on August 5-6 2017 in Los Angeles but they also have regional competitions for all different areas across the US as well as a European competition which is next being held on July 1, 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland.
Created in 2011, the UKPPC’s aim was to create a competition specifically for professional dancers. They split their categories into Instructor, Professional and Elite competitors so it really is the best of the best up against each other. The participants are judged by video entry which have to be sent between May and August with the grand final in November, the next of which will be held in Telford, UK on the 27 November 2016.
Watch the amazing winner of the Elite Category of UKPPC in 2015 below…
There are also a huge list of other competitions in the UK including regional ones in England, ones for Scotland, Wales and Ireland and some with various categories such as Miss Pole Dance UK who have competitions specifically designed for Professional Women, Men and Amateurs/Semi-Pros.
If you’re not quite at the competing stage yet and would just like to start pole dancing, check out my page on how to learn here
Hopefully in four years time I can add the pole dancing Olympics to this list! Let me know if you have any other sporting events that you think should be added to this list below.