Price updates for 2019 and sale pricing on competitor entries

Price updates for 2019

Starting in 2019, we will change our pricing. We haven’t changed pricing in the last 4 years, and the new pricing will include increases in some areas and decreases in others. 

Our biggest change will be to offer a 50% discount on ticket sales to competitors. We’ll be updating our website in the coming months so that you can purchase with a discount at the time of entry.

As the entry fee itself is being raised, we would like to give everyone an opportunity to take advantage of current entry fee pricing if you are interested in purchasing your entry fee for 2019 before the end of the year. This will include events that we have scheduled, and events that are still to be announced. Current entry fee pricing is available on the Portal from now until December 31, 2018.

All pricing in the blog listing is in USD.

For competitors

Current pricing

Current entry fee pricing is $99.11 for amateur and $159.24 for professional. If you wish to attend other sections as a spectator, tickets are $33 per section, with a 10% discount for amateurs who wish to attend the pro show.

That means if you are coming to both sections and also competing you pay either $165 or $225.

2019 pricing

$119 for Artistic Levels 1-5 and Championship Levels 1-4

$165 for Championship Level 5. To go along with some new *amazing* future plans (announced later), the Artistic Level 5 pricing will be $165 after 2019 Nationals.

If you wish to attend other sections as a spectator, the price will be $33 total for the other 2 sections (50% discount on tickets). To receive the discount, you’ll pay for this at the time of entry and then indicate in the Portal if you are attending all sections, or just selected sections so that we can get an accurate head count. This feature isn’t available today, but will be updated on the Portal in the next few months.

In this new structure, if you are coming to both sections and also competing, you pay either $152 or $198.

Some selected events will not have an increase in entry fee pricing or decrease in ticket pricing for various logistical reasons. These will be indicated through the Portal in each case. 

Sale pricing through December 31, 2018

For events that are already scheduled

You can purchase these through the Portal as usual. The refund and transfer rules are the same as usual.

For events that are not yet scheduled

You can also purchase these through the Portal now and they will be marked as TBA. If you are unable to make the date of the competition after it has been announced, you may request a transfer to another event occurring in 2019. All requests must occur within 14 days of the announcement of the event date, so please pay attention to your email and the Portal to be sure that you don’t miss anything.

Because we are offering a discount on TBA events, refunds are not possible. If you’re unsure, it’s probably better to wait and not purchase now. Any prepaid entry fee that is not used by the end of 2019 will expire.

For ticket holders

Pricing does not change as long as you purchase tickets in advance. The following tiered price structure will occur, with tickets increasing depending on when you purchase.

Until 4 weeks before $33

3 weeks before $35

2 weeks before $37

1 week before $39

At the door $40

I can’t afford the ticket price, can I still attend?

Yes! As always, if price is a factor for you, there are a plethora of volunteer positions to be filled at every competition, and we can find a spot for you if you sign up on our website. If you end up volunteering but have already paid for a ticket, then you will receive a refund for your ticket purchase.

Spotify Playlists from PSO

We have created playlists of music that previous PSO competitors have used so that you can get inspired and have new music to play with!

Our Spotify is Polesportorg and you can get playlists going to back all the way to 2016.


New this fall, we have made our lists collaborative, meaning that you can add your own song to our playlist to share with the rest of the community.

Check out our lists below, or find your competition to add your song and share!

Collaborative lists

2018 PSO Canada West

2018 PSO Southeast

Our lists from 2018

2018 PSO Golden Gate

2018 PSO Atlantic

2018 PSO Pacific

2018 PSO Central

2018 PSO Southern

2018 PSO Liberty

2018 PSO Switzerland

2018 PSO Mexico

2018 PSO Southwest

2018 PSO U.S. Nationals

Best Pole Dancing Apps

Here are 4 apps that will change the way you train!

Scenario #1:

I want to get inspired, watch others, and check out new moves. What’s the trending platform now?

Solution

Instagram! The pole dance community has developed over a number of platforms, starting with OGs like Alethea Austin, Karol Helms, Leigh Ann Orsi, and others on YouTube, then moving over to Facebook, and now the current trend has been to move to Instagram.

Here’s a couple of fun Instagram things to know:

  • Searching for the name of the move, and adding “pd” for pole dance, will bring up pole dancer posts. For example, if you wanted to see videos of handsprings, the pole dance kind and not the gymnastics kind, search for #pdhandspring. This also goes for if you’re tagging your own videos, so tag them with #pd________________ to help other polers find you.

  • To make spaces and skip lines in your captions, use the following method:

    • Navigate to your keyboard symbols section (not your emojis, but symbols like - / : ; ( ) $ & @ ”).

    • Press Return

    • Type a symbol such as a .

    • Press Return again

    • Keep on typing!

  • Some top Instagram pole dancers at the time of this post are:

    • Anastasia Skukhtorova @anastasiaskukhtorovapoledance at 253K

    • Marion Crampe @marioncrampe at 201K

    • Maddie Sparkle @maddiesparkledancer at 185K

  • PSO and our U.S. National Champions

    • Pole Sport Organization @polesportorg at 16.4K

    • Ashley Fox @foxyashleyfox at 20.6K

    • Sammy Wong @sammyisdancing 4K

Scenario #2:

I want to reshare someone else’s post to my Instagram feed.

Solution:

Regrammer app!

  • Download Regrammer

  • On Instagram, navigate to the post that you want to share

  • Click the three dots in the upper right hand corner

  • Select Copy Link

  • Open Regrammer and click Preview

  • Click Share

  • *Bonus, you can even save to your Camera Roll to watch later

http://www.regrammer.com/

Scenario #3

I want to post an Instagram story but my video is too long (over 15 seconds).

Solution

CutStory app will take your longer video and chop it into 15 second chunks to post to your story.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cutstory-for-instagram-stories/id917630934?mt=8

Scenario #4

My music is SO FAST and I can’t keep up when I’m practicing my routine. I wish I could practice more slowly and then work my way up to speed.

Solution:

Well, now you can. Enter Tempo SlowMo, introduced to us by 2014 U.S. National Pole champion, Seanmichael Rau. Slow down your routine to practice, but then make sure to do it up to tempo in the same session so you don’t get too used to the slower pace.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tempo-slowmo-bpm-music-practice-slow-downer/id460008289?mt=8

Will you combine my age group?

Will you combine my age group?

This is one of the more common questions that we get. Here’s an outline of how we go through the process of deciding the scheduling of age group divisions.

  1. We look at how many of each category and level have signed up.

  2. We look at how many of each age group have signed up. If there are enough to split out every age group separately, then we will. If not, we will combine age groups with Junior/Senior together and Master/Grand Master together.

Example #1 Sign Ups:

Dramatic Level 2 Junior = 3 competitors

Dramatic Level 2 Senior = 3 competitors

Dramatic Level 2 Master = 3 competitors

Dramatic Level 2 Grand Master = 1 competitor

We would do a division for:

Dramatic Level 2 Junior/Senior = 6 competitors

Dramatic Level 2 Master/Grand Master = 4 competitors

Example #2 Sign Ups:

Exotic Level 3 Junior = 7 competitors

Exotic Level 3 Senior = 6 competitors

Exotic Level 3 Master = 1 competitor

Exotic Level 3 Grand Master = 0 competitors

We would do a division for:

Exotic Level 3 Junior = 7 competitors

Exotic Level 3 Senior = 6 competitors

Exotic Level 3 Master = 1 competitor

Example #3 Sign Ups:

Championship Level 4 Junior = 8 competitors

Championship Level 4 Senior = 1 competitors

Championship Level 4 Master = 1 competitor

Championship Level 4 Grand Master = 1 competitors

We would do a division for:

Championship Level 4 Junior/Senior = 9 competitors

Championship Level 4 Master/Grand Master = 2 competitors

What happens if I don’t like my age grouping?

  1. If you are the only person in your division, like the Master in Example #2, then you can email us right after the competitor list or the schedule comes out and asked to be combined with the other age group so that you’re not alone. If we can easily make this change, we are more than happy to do so. The earlier you ask, the more likely it is that we can help you.

  2. If you are not the only person in your division, everyone has to stay put. In Example #1, one of the Grand Masters couldn’t move into the Junior/Senior division.

  3. You can always opt to do a non-judged Showcase if competing against others just isn’t for you this time.

In summary, we would encourage you not to worry about who you are competing against, and instead focus on creating a routine that is uniquely yours - something that you’re proud to put onstage.

4 Helpful tips when going homemade on competition costumes

A guest blog by Erin Mathew, one of the PSO Unicorns

Competition prep and training can be an incredibly nerve-wracking time for any pole dancer. Despite all the anxiety and physically taxing aspects leading up to a performance, creating a beautiful costume can be a welcome distraction. As someone who has found solace in spending hours gluing rhinestones on a costume for competition, I can say that it is the activity I look forward to the most throughout the whole process. Here are just a few tips to help you get started and provide inspiration.

Tip 1 - If you are not an experienced seamstress, find the perfect base to your costume.

The best place to start off is to find a pole outfit that fits you perfectly with minimal chance of a wardrobe malfunctions. If you have a preferred brand of pole wear where the sizing is consistent with what fits best for your body, you can choose a solid color to use as a blank canvas for your imagination.  It’s amazing what you can do with a plain pair of shorts. Just be sure to use a seam ripper to remove any logos.

Here’s an example of a plain black bra from PSO that you can embellish.

Tip 2 - If it fits your theme, there are lots of ways to add sparkle and detail

1. Rhinestones

Have you ever seen a costume during a performance that just dazzles with the dancer’s every movement? It’s likely because it is covered in rhinestones. Rhinestones come in a whole spectrum of sizes shapes and colors. The clear rhinestones reflect the most light and therefore will be the most radiant on stage. I have tried using black rhinestones and unfortunately, they weren’t as noticeable on stage as they were up close. This is common for a lot of the darker colors. If you order yours online, I recommend purchasing a smaller quantity first to test them out, because the shade of the color can be vastly different in person than in a photo. When it comes to securing the rhinestones to your costume base, a great product to use is E6000 glue. Regular fabric glue isn’t likely to work long term.

Here’s an example of some of the colored rhinestones that you can get.

2. Sequins

Using rhinestones can get pricey, so sequins are another way to add some shine. Just be aware that sequins can itch depending on where you put them on your costume.  

3. Appliques and lace

Want to add appliques instead of sparkle? Like rhinestones, these can also be pricey. One way to get details on your costume without dropping a ton of money on detailing is to find an inexpensive piece of lace and cut out the details you want. Try going to thrift stores and finding formal wear with a lot of embellishments if possible.

Tip 3 - Make sure your costume provides enough skin exposure to safely execute skills

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Here are 2 crop tops that I made for my past routines.

If there is one thing I have learned from making costumes for my routines, it’s that you can make a themed crop top for almost anything. There have been 2 times that I have had to portray characters that would normally be fully clothed. I made alterations by having recognizable elements of the character on costumes with less coverage. For example, I made a “Vote for Pedro” crop top for my Napoleon Dynamite costume, and a suit and tie crop top for my Men in Black routine. If you’re executing a lot of tricks involving grip in your hip pocket or thighs, be careful of costumes with skirts as they can easily cause slippage. Consider adding a gathered ruffle or making the skirt detachable instead. (See the next tip for detachable costume pieces)

Tip 4 - If you have a detachable piece to your costume, make sure it detaches easily and quickly

There is nothing more frustrating than doing a costume change during your routine and noticeably fumbling. Fasteners like zippers can get jammed, and buttons can sometimes give the appearance of fumbling while trying to remove an article of clothing. I once replaced a zipper on a skirt with Velcro for a costume and it made the change much more swiftly. I have even heard of other competitors using magnetic buttons to easily undo a shirt.

Don’t forget to register any article of clothing that comes off your body as a prop to avoid a deduction!

In summary

Costumes are not everything when it comes to creating the perfect routine, but they can really add to the mood of a performance. If you are a frequent competitor, you know better than anyone how pricey it can get with the cost of travel, registration fees and training. Making your own costume is a fun way to save a little money, and provide a release and creative outlet amid the stress and anticipation of performing.