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Introduction

 

The Inter-University Pole Dance Championships (IUPDC) is the UKs leading national championship series for University Pole Societies.  IUPDC seeks to promote fair and safe competition, supporting students to compete at the most appropriate level for their ability and providing impartial adjudicators at each of our live events.

The National University Pole Association (NUPA) is the national body that provides support and guidance to the organisers of the competitions. The NUPA committee is made up of Gem Heywood, Sam Remmer and Lara Stojkiw.

The Competitions

Each year universities can enter one of the four regional qualifying competitions or the video heat (new to 2019). The winning and runner up team of each of the qualifiers and the video heat will be put through to the Inter-University Pole Dance Championships (IUPDC) national final.

The previous year’s winners will host this year’s competitions. Within the region where the university has won the national final and will host the IUPDC final, the host for that regional competition will fall to the runner up university. The video heat will be judged by the NUPA committee.

Regionals:

    IUPDC South West Regional Qualifier

    IUPDC South East Regional Qualifier

    IUPDC Midlands Regional Qualifier

    IUPDC Northern Regional Qualifier

How It Works

Universities must pay a set fee of £150 to enter a regional qualifying competition or video heat. This fee also covers entry to the national final if you are to qualify. The fee is non-negotiable and must be paid in full even if you are not entering a full team.

Once payment has been made, if entering a qualifying competition your relevant competition host will be responsible for communicating directly with you thereafter. If you are entering the video heat, the NUPA will be in touch with video submission information.

Competitor Divisions

Competitor divisions include Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Semi-Professional and Group.

    Beginners division allows pole moves PDC level 1 and 2

    Intermediate division allows pole moves PDC level 1 to 4

    Advanced and Semi-Professional division competitors can perform any moves within reason with high consideration of safety

If you are unsure about the division you should enter or the level of a certain move please contact the NUPA team who will confirm the suitability for the level.

 

 

Entry Criteria & Rules

   Competitors must be current students (no alumni) and hold a valid student number.

   If a competitor is qualified to teach, an assistant teacher, competes at a semi-professional / professional level or are paid to perform, they must enter the Semi-Professional category.

   If a competitor has placed first at an equivalent level in a national or international competition or the IUPDC national final they must not enter that same division (i.e. they must go up a level). However, if a competitor has placed first in a previous regional qualifying competition as part of the IUPDC they are allowed to enter again at the same level to allow them another chance to qualify for nationals.

   Competitors can only enter 1 solo division but may enter a solo and the group category.

   1 person can be entered per solo category.

   Up to 6 competitors or a minimum of 2 can be entered in the group division. Solo entrants can also enter the group category.

   Beginners division allows pole moves PDC level 1 and 2, Intermediate PDC level 1 to 4 and advanced PDC level 1 to 5 with any additional moves not listed in the PDC syllabus (advanced can perform any moves within reason with high consideration of safety).

   All divisions may use floor work and acro balance moves.

   Solo division competitors will perform on two 45mm stage poles with a minimum of two metres between the edge of the stage pole platform. The right hand pole will be on spinning mode if you are looking at the stage from the audience.  

   Competitors will have use of the whole stage for both the solo and group divisions.

   Group division competitors will perform on three 45mm stage poles where the middle pole will be slightly behind the outer two in a triangular shape.  

   Competitors can choose any song but must avoid overly explicit lyrics.

   Songs must be between 2:30 mins and 3:30 mins.

   Song choices will not be judged, judges must remain impartial to music taste, however competitors must consider interpretation of music as one of the 5 areas of the judging criteria.  

   Illegal moves (outside of the PDC levels for the category) will be deducted 3 points per move identified.

   If the panel deem a move to be performed unsafely they can deduct 3 points. Penalty points can only be appointed by the judging panel.  

   Competitors must remain in the minimum clothing requirement. For women this is a top covering the boob and nipple and shorts (booty shorts are allowed). For men, this is shorts and bare chest is allowed.

   The following will not be penalised: removal of clothing (must remain in minimum clothing), use of footwear and heels, use of knee pads, use of grip aids, visible gluteal crease.

   Judges decisions are final, if you wish to report a concern please contact the NUPA team.

 

Judging Criteria

The Inter-University Pole Championship judging criteria has been created by and is governed by the National University Pole Association. The criteria below outlines the categories that each competitor will be scored on.

All competitors will be scored out of 50; with up to 10 points available in each of the 5 categories. These are difficulty, creativity, execution, transitions and overall performance. The criteria varies slightly for solo versus group competitors to allow for more of an emphasis on how the group perform together.

Solo

DIFFICULTY (Max 10 points)

        Are the tricks and spins displayed suitable for the level?

        Are the tricks and transitions complex?

        Does the performer display good strength and flexibility?

        Does the performer use a good amount of momentum in their spins or transitions?

        Does the performer show control and perform tricks and spins effortlessly?

CREATIVITY (Max 10 points)

        Are the choice of tricks and spins displayed unique and original?  

        Does the choreography positively surprise the audience?  

        Has the performer adapted common moves/transitions to be different to what is usually seen?

        Does the performer use creative ways to enter the pole?

EXECUTION (Max 10 points)

        Has the performer interpreted the music well?

        Does the choreography reflect the rise and falls in the music?

        Does the performer utilise the climax in the music?

        Does the performer maintain good lines?

        Has the performer thought about the angle of the moves executed to present them well to the audience?

        Are there a variety of movements displayed, rather than repetition?

        Did the performer maintain stamina and control when executing moves?

TRANSITIONS (Max 10 points)

        Do the moves and choreography link well together?

        Does the performer link tricks or spins together rather than executing them individually?

        Is the correct technique used and performed safely?

        Does the choreography link well together with no hesitations?

        Does the performer use floor work or creative choreography to transition from pole to pole?

OVERALL PERFORMANCE (Max 10 points)

        Did the performer perform all tricks, transitions and spins safely and with correct technique?

        Did the performer show the correct emotion for the style of music/theme of performance?

        Did the pace of the performance reflect the pace and rhythm of the music?

        Did the performer use a good range of spins, tricks, flexibility and strength moves mixed with floor work and choreography?

        Has the performer applied thought to their costume choice ensuring it reflects the theme of the performance?

        Did the performance have a clear beginning, middle and end?

        Was there a good ending / ending position to close the performance?

Group

DIFFICULTY (Max 10 points)

        Do individuals display tricks and spins suitable for their level?

        Do the group use a range of tricks and spins that vary with difficulty?

        Does the group perform both solo and doubles tricks and spins?

        Does the group use a good amount of momentum in their spins or transitions?

        Does the group show control and perform tricks and spins effortlessly?

CREATIVITY (Max 10 points)

        Does the group perform doubles moves which are unique and original?

        Are the choice of tricks and spins displayed by the individuals also unique and original?  

        Does the choreography positively surprise the audience?  

        Has the performers adapted common moves/transitions to be different to what is usually seen?

        Do the performers use creative ways to enter the pole?

EXECUTION (Max 10 points)

        Has the groups interpreted the music well?

        Does the choreography reflect the rise and falls in the music?

        Does the group utilise the climax in the music?

        Do the performers in the group maintain good lines?

        Has the group thought about the angle of the doubles and solo moves executed to present them well to the audience?

        Are there a variety of movements displayed, rather than repetition?

TRANSITIONS (Max 10 points)

        Does the group choreography link well together?

        Does each member of the group have a role in the performance at all times?

        Does the group use creative ways to transition to and from the pole considering the placement of other members of the group?

        Is the correct technique used in individual and doubles moves and performed safely?

OVERALL PERFORMANCE (Max 10 points)

        Do all members of the group perform tricks, transitions and spins safely and with correct technique?

        Did the group use a range of solo, synchronised, doubles and acro moves?

        Did the pace of the performance reflect the pace and rhythm of the music?

        Did the group use a good range of spins, tricks, flexibility and strength moves mixed with floor work and choreography?

        Does the performance have a clear theme?  

        Has the group utilised the strengths of the individuals?  

        Did the members of the group work well together?

        Is the performance well thought-out considering each member of the group throughout?

        Has the group applied thought to their costume choice ensuring it reflects the theme of the performance?

        Did the performance have a clear beginning, middle and end?

        Was there a good ending / group ending position to close the performance?

Deductions

Deductions are down to the discretion of the judges and can be applied for the following:

        Wardrobe/wardrobe malfunction: Costumes must not be revealing. Costumes must adequately cover the chest and bottom. Men will not be deducted for a bare chest. Points will be deducted if a wardrobe malfunction occurs which the judges deem to be too revealing (-3 points will be deducted)

        Illegal moves outside of the syllabus allowed for that level (-3 points can be deducted for each illegal move performed)

        Unsafely performed moves or falls (-3 points can be deducted for each move performed unsafely/fall)

Scoring Guidelines

A score of 1-2 out of 10 = Limited, reserved, dangerous, restrained, multiple faults.  

A score of 3-4 out of 10 =  Basic, lacking in skills, poor execution, several faults.

A score of 5-6 = Average, passable, competent. Few faults noted.

A score of 7-8 = Above average skill, complexity, or creativity. No errors.

A score of 9-10 =  Expert, authority, mastery. Extreme control.

A score of 10 is rarely used so the maximum mark awarded would normally be 9.5.

Stage Layout

Solo division competitors will perform on two 45mm stage poles with two metres between the edge of the stage pole platform. The right hand pole will be on spinning mode if you are looking at the stage from the audience.

Group division competitors will perform on three 45mm stage poles where the middle pole will be slightly behind the outer two in a triangular shape. Group competitors can choose which poles they would like on spin or static but MUST submit their requirements in advance.

Competitors will have use of the whole stage for both the solo and group divisions.

 

 

 

Video Versus Regional Heats

It is up to you to decide which form of entry is best for your team. If you are a long way from a regional heat geographically then the video heat might be your best option as it will save you a lot of time and money.

Please note, we only allow 10 universities per regional so if you miss out on a regional you can still get the chance to compete at the finals by submitting a video entry.

Whichever option you choose your routine will be judged by some of the top UK judges who will give you feedback on your routine. Your feedback will aid your pole dancing progression and help you focus on areas where you can improve.

Benefits of performing at a live regional event:

         Performing to a live audience can be daunting but the regional heat will help you prepare yourself for a place at the live finals.

         Road trip! The idea of jumping on a minibus with your pole buddies is great fun and no doubt you will create some wonderful pole memories as well as meeting lots of other wonderful polers.

         You might get to see some amazing guest performers.

         You can get some great photos and video footage from your live performance.

Benefits of entering the video heat:

         No travelling or associated expenses.

         Less pressure, if your routine goes wrong you can simply film it again and again until you are happy with your entry.

         Even if you missed out on entering a regional heat you still get the chance to qualify for the finals.

         You just need to film your routine and submit it - job done.

Payment Information 

Please make payment of £150 to the following account by 31st October 2018 to enter this year’s championships:

National University Pole Association

Lloyds Bank

Sort code: 309626

Account number: 41215760

Please use the name of your university as a reference.

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