Judging Criteria

General Information

The information provided here is for the use of the judges and competitors on the judging criteria for UKPPC and should be read thoroughly.

Competitors should consider these criteria carefully prior to composing their competition routines for both the video entry and the final.

Judges are requested to familiarise themselves with this document prior to the Video Heat judging, if you have any questions please contact the UKPPC team. It may also be useful to continually refer to this document while judging.

UKPPC will have 6 highly-experience judges from the pole dancing community.
Judges will be the same for the video round and final event, provided that no unforeseen circumstances prevent attendance.
Judges will be announced on the website prior to the closing date for the Video Heat.
In the event of one of the judges being unable to attend, a substitute judge will take their place. Competitors will be notified of any such changes as soon as a substitute is confirmed.

Judging Elements

All competitors in Instructor, Professional and Elite will be judged on the following elements:

  • Technical – 40%
  • Presentation – 30%
  • Composition – 30%

All competitors in the Performer category will be judged on the following elements:

  • Presentation – 50%
  • Composition – 50%

The following sections outline what judges should consider when awarding marks for each of the 3 elements. Note that guidelines are not exclusive but are provided to give examples of what to consider when awarding marks in each for each sub-element.

IMPORTANT: Judges are not expected to mark each sub-element separately; each sub-element is only to assist in balancing the allocation of total marks for the element.


Has the competitor used moves that require a high level of static strength?
Has the competitor used moves that require a high level of dynamic strength? e.g pops, flips or drops
Has the competitor used difficult/complex combinations or transitions?

Has the competitor demonstrated a high level of flexibility?
Has the competitor demonstrated flexibility in more than one area?
Has the competitor performed flexibility tricks that require more complex/unique entry and exit?

Are tricks solid and controlled?
Does the competitor transition in and out of moves cleanly and with control?
Does the competitor demonstrate good technique?
Do spins have good momentum and form, with smooth transitions in spin combinations?


Lines & Form
Does the competitor demonstrate good lines and form in their moves? This includes arm, wrist, and leg lines or the lines through the shape of a trick.
Are lines consistently clean throughout the routine?

Stage Presence
Does the competitor perform to and engage the audience?
Does the competitor ‘own’ the stage?
Does the competitor make good use of the performance space? This includes the use of the 360 stage at the final.

Flow & Movement
Does the competitor move smoothly between different elements of their routine?
Are movements precise? E.g. without surplus footsteps, hand adjustments, knee re-grips?
Has the competitor used a variety of pole and floor based movements?
Are their movement elements well executed?
Has the competitor used innovative movements on and off the pole?


Are the tricks and movement elements appropriate for the chosen style of performance?
Has the competitor adopted an unusual or unique style? Have they maintained this throughout?
Is their costume appropriate to the theme and tone of the performance? *not judged in the video audition stage*
Are props used effectively?

Does the music reflect the style of the performance?
Has the music been appropriately interpreted?
Does the competitor use the music effectively?
Are the highs and lows of the music reflected in the routine?

Do all parts of the routine tie together well?
Does the competitor use contrast, or variations in tone speed and mood?
Did the performance hold the judges and/or audiences attention throughout?