If you have been taking pole dancing classes for a while perhaps you have caught the competition bug at least once either from peer pressure or a burning desire that has been growing inside of you for a while. Be it for sport or just for pleasure, pole dancing competition is fun, entertaining, and demanding. Pole dancing requires strength and flexibility but, once you have decided you want to compete you have to think about the song, routine, tricks, and a costume. One of the most important things to decide is what type of competition you will enter. Every competition is not the same; some are held in bars, professional theaters, gyms or pole studios. Before you decide ask lots of questions. These are some of the questions I ask before deciding on whether or not to participate in a particular competition:
Is there a competitor fee?
What is the judging criteria?
How many competitors are competing?
What types of poles are being used: size, number, rigged or stage?
What are the dimensions for the performance space?
Will the audience have a vote in picking the winner?
What is the expense to travel to the competition; lodging and meals?
Is there a cash prize or just a cool title?
I have competed in local and out of state competitions and each one has been a great learning experience. One competition was held in a small garage that was converted into a performance space, but the prize was worth over $100. Another competition was in beautiful ballroom where the only prize was a sash and a cool title. Pole dancing competitions are not always about the great prizes or the cash but, if you are putting out a sizeable amount in travel expenses and costumes you want to recoup some of those costs through winning.
Remember, no matter what competitions are stressful. It is imperative that you take a travel mate with you. Your travel mate is someone who is not competing but simply there to support you. This person can help you pack or unpack, run to the store with you or on your behalf. The day of the competition is always very busy and you will need the love and support of your travel mate to help make things run smoothly.
Finally, remember to ask probing questions to make sure you are picking the best competition to fit your needs. Competitions are hard work and require a ton of physical and mental preparation but, it’s all worth it when you deliver a performance that meets and/or exceeds your expectations.