The Grand Final Rules

UKPPC 2020 Rules and Regulations

Grand Final

  • Competitors will be selected to compete in the Grand Final solely on their Video Round performance
  • Competitor’s previous experience and competition performance will not be considered
  • Video Heat judging will be conducted between 1st August 2020 and 30th August 2020
  • Competitors will be notified of the results on the 6th September 2020
  • The judges will select 6 competitors from each category in the Video Round to go forward to the Grand Final
  • Subsequent to this, 1 competitor from each category will be chosen as ‘Organisers Choice’ who are picked by the UKPPC team.
  • This means overall, there will be 7 competitors in each category at the final
  • All competitors will be given feedback by the 30th September 2020.
  • Competitors will be judged on the same criteria in the Video Heats and Grand Final
  • Judges decision is final.

General

  • Competitors must arrive at the venue a minimum of 2 hours before the start of the event. Failure to arrive within the given time period may result in disqualification
  • A full technical specification of the stage is shown below. The UKPPC reserves the right to make changes to the performance area if necessary. Competitors will be notified of any such changes as soon as possible.
  • Competitors must conduct themselves appropriately at all times.
  • Competitors must comply with the rules and regulations at all times. Failure to comply may result in disqualification.
  • Competitors may be required to appear on TV, radio, film, or print media, for the purposes of publicity and promotion.
  • Competitors must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Competitors must be in good physical health. Competitors agree to complete and sign a PARQ prior to competing
  • The UKPPC reserves the right to prevent a competitor from performing if they are judged not to be physically fit.
  • Competitors must warm up properly before performing.
  • Entrants must not heckle or jeer at during other competitors’ performances.
  • Competitors may not communicate with the judges at any time during the Grand Final.
  • Competitors are responsible for checking that poles are to their satisfaction prior to their performance.

Awards

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category will be determined using the judging criteria and scoring system.
  • Our Sponsors Choice judge will chose one Sponsor’s Choice winner from each category
  • In addition to the above, awards will be presented for the following: Best Entertainer, Best Tricks, Best Choreography, Most Unique and The Sexiest. These will be picked by all 7 judges, including the sponsors choice judge.
  • The Spectators Choice award. This will be chosen by the spectators via an online voting system.

Music

  • Music MP3s must be submitted by email by the 30th September 2020.
  • Please ensure that your music is cut to the appropriate length for your routine.
  • Music mixes are permitted, and encouraged.

Routine Length

  • Instructor – maximum routine length 3 minutes
  • Professional – maximum routine length 4 minutes
  • Elite – maximum routine length 5 minutes
  • Timing of the routine will begin from the start of the music, or from when the competitor begins moving, whichever occurs first.
  • Should the routine exceed the maximum time the music will be stopped at the limit stated above.
  • The routine performed at the Grand Final can be the same as in the Video Heat.
  • The use of backing dancers is not permitted
  • Human props are permitted
  • The use of suggestive expressions or sexual gestures is strictly prohibited.

Clothing & Shoes

  • The UKPPC defines suitable dance attire for female competitors as a minimum of briefs or hotpants and a crop top, bra top, leotard or similar item. String bikinis do not meet the minimum clothing requirement.
  • Minimum clothing requirement for male competitors is hotpants or briefs. If you are unsure if your costume meets these requirements, please check with the UKPPC team in advance.
  • Removal of clothing is permitted provided that the competitor still adheres to the minimum clothing requirement.
  • Nudity is not permitted.
  • Clothing must not display any logos or other forms of advertising.
  • Soft ballet/jazz shoes are permitted
  • “Pleaser” heels and other high heels are permitted
  • Boots must be no more than ankle height to prevent the added grip benefit
  • The height of the heel itself is not restricted
  • Competitors will be required to wear footwear outside of the performance area at all times.

Props

Props are permitted, provided that:

  • Discarding them will not be potentially hazardous for subsequent competitors (e.g. where water or other liquids will be left on the floor).
  • The prop(s) can be removed from the stage by 1 person in 2 minutes or less after the routine has finished.
  • Competitors will be allowed a maximum of 2 minutes to prepare the stage prior to their performance, if required.
  • Props requiring extensive clean-up will not be permitted.
  • If you are unsure, please contact the UKPPC team prior to the event. Any props not checked with the UKPPC prior to the Grand Final may not be permitted.

Grip Aids & Considerations

  • Grip aids are permitted, apart from grip aids that leave a residue on the pole (e.g. Tuf-Skin, Stickum or ITac)
  •  Grip Aids such as “Dry Hands” or similar can be applied to the pole prior to a competitor’s performance, but this must be arranged in advance with the pole cleaning team.
  • The use of gloves is permitted.
  • Competitors must not apply any lotions, creams, oils, or fake tan to their skin for 24 hours prior to the event.
  • Body paint is only permitted on areas of the body that will not come into contact with the pole.
  • Competitors should check whether or not their body paint design leaves residue on the pole several times prior to the event to be sure.

Photography & Filming

  • Competitors agree to be photographed and filmed throughout the Grand Final.
  • Photography and filming are not permitted within the competitor changing areas.
  • All photography and footage remain the property of UKPPC. Competitors have no right to compensation for photography and footage made as part of the competition.
  • Competitors agree that all photography and footage can be used by UKPPC for promotional, advertising, and commercial purposes.

Venue Technical Specification

The plan below details the layout of the performance stage for the Grand Final. The height of the stage is approximately 1.1m. Two 45mm Stainless Steel Competition Lupit Poles will be used (one spinning, one static). The floor to ceiling height is 4.2m. The stage floor surface is vinyl. The stage is centrally located so the audience will be on all sides and the judges will sit either side of the stage.