Ever find yourself thinking...
- I wish I had a place to wear the new Kelly Maglia sparkle onesie that I just got.
- I would love to get over my stage fright. I’ve secretly wanted to perform ever since I was little, but I’m too scared to do it.
- I’m one of the top polers at my studio. I wonder how I match up against other pole dancers in the U.S.
- I wish there was a competition close by my hometown, so I wouldn’t have to spend so much money going out of state to perform.
- I have this amazing song and concept that I want to put together for a routine.
This could be you! Over 2,000 pole dancers compete each year in the world’s largest pole dancing competition series. We crown the U.S. National Pole Champion each year.
As an amateur poler, you'll enjoy access to the same production team, 12’ truss-mounted poles, star backdrops, and lighting as the Professional competitors. Competition is your opportunity to practice and test performance skills, find your voice on stage, and show friends and family what you’ve been working on at the studio.
Once you graduate to the Professional level, you’ll compete for titles and over $10,000 in cash prizes. Title holders often get recruited for workshops, performances, and gigs at studios, competitions and productions around the world.
Choose your own adventure! You can pick from 5 skill levels, 5 age groups, and competition across the variety of styles found within the pole community: drama, entertainment, exotic, fitness, and freestyle.
How It Works
Register to compete! There are no submission videos and no requirements. All you have to do is sign up.
- Pick your category and level. Are you into telling stories and creating characters on the pole? Or would you rather bust out the latest trick you saw on Instagram? Pick from a range of options including Championship, Dramatic, Entertainment, Exotic, Freedance, Showcase, and Showcase Plus. For Levels, there are 5 to choose from, depending on your current skill set.
- Train your booty off with your friends at home or at your studio. We’ll remind you by email about deadlines for music and prop submissions and lighting options.
- Competition day! Start your day with a pole test to see the venue layout, get ready in the dressing room and meet the rest of the competitors, then step into the lights and perform against a starry backdrop.
- Scores are posted at the event, and we’ll do an awards ceremony with medals for places 1, 2, and 3. You’ll receive your scores by email after the event with all the judge comments so that you know what to practice for next time. If you’re in the Professional division, you could be eligible to move to the next round to compete for the National title and over $10,000 in cash prizes.
- Celebrate! Lots of studios go out as a group after the last performance of the day, or hang out with the new polers that you met over the weekend.
- Repeat! With 15 shows per year all around the U.S. between February and December, there will be another chance for you to rock that nude sparkle onesie.
We believe that everyone has something to contribute.
Support with encouragement
We believe that questions and concerns should be answered with both the logical answer and the answer addressing the emotions behind the question.
We don’t do the show because we’re ready, we do the show because it’s 7:30pm
We believe running our events on time and in a well organized way is the best way to respect the work of the competitors, volunteers, judges, audience members, and staff. Problem solving on the fly is a must!
Amy Guion - Founder, President
Amy was a former ballet dancer and holds Bachelor of Science from Loyola Marymount University. She discovered pole dancing by taking a class at BeSpun for her birthday in 2008. Since then, Amy has spent the past 10 years training and competing in pole dance fitness both nationally and internationally. Amy is a U.S. Pole Dance Federation Pro, the USPDF 2011 Amateur silver medalist, California Pole Dance Championship 2011 bronze medalist and creator of the flexibility training program, Bendability Fitness. After co-founding Pole Sport Organization in 2012, she’s moved to producing competitions full time. In her free time, you can find her at the pole studio, doing partner acrobatics, or trying to sit on her own head in contortion class.
Renee Wu - Logistics Manager
Shay Jones - PROBLEM SOLVING GURU
Crystal Belcher - Judge Wrangler
Cade Nelson - Music Manager
Elizabeth Blanchard - Social Media Manager
Elizabeth is a consultant and manager for social media. She works with clients to help them identify their target audience and leverage social media to grow their business. Her specialty niche for social media management is in the fitness industry and is an aerialist and instructor. She is a Kinesiologist, a cast member of EmCirque performance group, Oscillations dance company and a member of the Music of Ghosts Aerialist group.