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Asia Pole Championship

A fitness competition to showcase pole dance extraordinaires

Asia Pole Championship is an international pole dance competition organised by SLAP Dance Studio to positively promote and celebrate pole dance as an athletic performance art. Contenders were credited for their exquisite dance techniques, creativity, elegance and showmanship. It was be a day of spectacles, where the world saw the best of pole dancing, where grace meets strength, where aspirations come to life.

Competition Info

asia pole championship 2018

ASIA POLE CHAMPIONSHIP (APC) is a professional international pole dance competition open to both male and female.

30 Nov 2017 – ENTRIES CLOSE
18 Mar 2018 – GRAND FINALS

See rules here

1st Runner-up
2nd Runner-up
Most Powerful Performer
The Trickster

Winner is awarded the competitor who demonstrates the highest level of technical skill, strength, flexibility and dynamic movement, along with the highest level of performance, fluidity and showmanship.

Technique (out of 25) – Under this category, judges will be looking out for the execution of pole tricks, transitions, combinations (out of 10); originality of pole tricks, transitions, combinations (out of 10); and difficulty of pole tricks, transitions, combinations (out of 5).

Artistic Presentation (out of 30) – Under this category, judges will be looking for musicality (out of 10); dance technique, floor work, transitions (out of 10); X-factor, stage presence, use of stage, overall presentation, theme, use of props and use and removal of costume (out of 5); and artistic interpretation of how elements of the show come together to create a well-rounded performance (out of 5) .

An expert judging panel will review video entries and Grand Finals performances and score them according to a universal scoring sheet. Their decision is final.

APC 2018 Rules and Regulation

1. Definitions

  • “Organiser” refers to the owner of Asia Pole Championship competition and the national and regional finals organiser – SLAP Dance Studio.

  • “Performer” is the name recorded on the Application Form.

  • “Competition” refers to Asia Pole Championship 2018 finals to be held in Singapore on 18 Mar 2018.

  • “Document” refers to the outline of Rules and Regulations for Asia Pole Championship 2018.

2. Initial selection criteria

  • The Performer must be at least 18 years of age.

  • The Performer must be a citizen or permanent resident of the country he/she is representing.

  • Pole dancers from all countries are welcome and encouraged to apply.

  • Solo entries only.

3. The Performer may only submit one application and video.

4. Participation in the Competition requires receipt of the completed Online Registration Form, Acceptance of Rules and Regulation, and close adherence to all the conditions outlined.

  • The Performer to declare that she has no contracts of obligations by other organizations or persons related to pole dancing.

  • A video of a routine of the Performer must accompany the application for qualification process – downloadable via dropbox. Maximum 1 video in total. See video entry rules and requirement details below.

  • A recent photo of the Performer must accompany the application. All photos are to be in high-resolution downloadable electronic format . The Performer must include at least one portrait and at least one with the Performer in a pole move. Maximum 6 photos in total.

  • The photos provided must have no copyright attached to them and the Organiser reserves the right to publish said photos for the purposes of promoting the Competition and Event.

5. Video entry rules and requirements

  • Video of a routine by Performer.

  • Video must be well lit, with performer and pole easily visible.

  • Applicants are required to use two poles; 1 static, 1 spin, 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 4 mins.

  • Video cannot be edited in any way; it must show continuous dance performance of the applicant (eg: may not fade in from one trick and out to another).

  • Video must be upright for viewing – not sideways.

  • Video: production, music etc… must be royalty-free. The Organiser 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 downloadable or viewable online.

6. Stipulations on film and photography

  • All photography and other footage remain the property of the Organiser. The Performer has no rights to compensation for photography and other footage made prior to, during and following the Competition.

  • The Performer explicitly and irrevocably agrees that all footage and photography can be used by the Organiser for promotional, advertising and commercial purposes.

  • No photographs or footage is to be taken (by any person or group) during the Competition can be used by the Performer without express written permission from the Organiser.

  • The Performers must be available for a photoshoots and interviews prior to, during and following the Competition if requested.

  • The Organiser expects the prize winners to co-operate with the promotion of the Competition and activities. This may include pre, during and post Competition media interviews and photographs.

7. The Organiser reserves the right to cancel the competition or prize due to unforeseen circumstances, including but not limited to, natural disaster. 

8. Winner must be 18 years or over, and the prizes are redeemable only upon presentation of their invoices in Singapore. If the prize is not claimed, it will be awarded to another Performer at Organiser’s discretion.

9. The Competition

  • The Performer is skilled in pole dancing.

  • The Performer may choose the music for her show.

  • A pole dance show is no less than 3 minutes 30 seconds, and no longer than 5 minutes.

  • The poles used in the Competition will be 40mm stainless steel. There will be two poles, one stationary (stage right) and one spinning (stage left).

  • The Performers will be judged on: Technique (25 points) and Artistic Presentation (30 points). In the event of a tie, judges will consult and make a final decision.

    • Technique (out of 25)

      • Execution of pole tricks, transitions, combinations (out of 10) --- Competitors are judged on their control and execution of tricks. Competitors must be able to perform tricks and combinations with fluidity, control and beautiful lines.

      • Originality of pole tricks, transitions, combinations (out of 10) --- Interesting pole tricks, transitions or combinations will be scored only if those are performed well.

      • Difficulty of pole tricks, transitions, combinations (out of 5) --- A high level of pole tricks will be scored only if those tricks are performed well.

    • Artistic Presentation (out of 30)

      • Musicality (out of 10) --- Competitors are judged on how effectively they use their music to create an artistic interpretation of their performance.

      • Dance/Floorwork (out of 10) --- Competitors are judged on dance skill on the floor

      • X-Factor, stage presence include costume (out of 5) --- Competitors will be judged on their ability to entertain and engage the audience.

      • Artistic Interpretation (out of 5) --- Competitors will be judged on their routine’s interpretation, how the elements of the show come together to create a well-rounded performance.

  • Bare feet or footwear are permitted. Boots, ankle boots, or other shoes facilitating the grip and the climb on the pole are strictly forbidden.

  • You may use props. They must be signed off by the Organiser (usually anything that can be transported on a plane).

  • The Performer may not perform nude or partially nude. No G-strings are permitted in the Competition. It is permitted to remove articles of clothing / costume.

  • No back up dancers or other people are permitted on stage during the performer’s performance.

  • An expert judging panel will score the performances and their decision is final.

  • Performers are required to pay for their transport and accommodation needs.

  • The Performers may join the audience before and after their show but may not communicate with members of the judging panel before, during or after the Competition.

  • The Organiser reserves the right to expel a performer from participation, both before and during the Competition.

  • Dressing rooms are for competitors and staff only – they are off limits to family members or friends of the Performers.

  • Performers are not permitted to drink alcohol (or take drugs) before or during the night of the Competition.

  • The Organiser reserves the right to invite wild card entries to compete in the Competition. 

  • Any failure to abide by the above-mentioned rules will result in immediate disqualification.

10. “Asia Pole Championship 2018” Title

  • The title “Asia Pole Championship” is an official title valid for one year commencing the date of the Competition.

  • As “Asia Pole Championship” the winner is an ambassador of pole dancing in Asia.

  • As “Asia Pole Championship” the Performer is required to take on several promotional activities. This occurs in consultation with the Organisers and may be financially remunerated.

  • The Organiser reserves the right to retract the title if the Performer causes any damages to the Competition.

  • In the case of retraction, the 1st runner-up becomes the new Asia Pole Championship 2018 - Champion.

11. The Organiser

  • The Organiser is not liable for injury or damage resulting from participation in the Competition, which includes any transportation to and from the Competition.

  • The Organiser reserves the right to change the rules contained herein.

  • All decisions not addressed in this document will be made by the Organiser.

  • Any decision by the Organiser is binding.


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