The Live Final

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Rules and Regulations

  • If you require any reasonable adjustments to be made for you during the final event due to a disability, neuro-divergence, medical or long-term health condition, please include this in your application form.
  • All competitors will be given feedback by the 30th September 2022.
  • Music and Bios must be sent to by 31st October.
  • Competitors will be judged on the same criteria in the video round and final event.
  • Judges decision is final.


  • 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 on the date of the final event.
  • Competitors must be in good physical health. This refers to any illness or injury that may affect the safety of you and/or others around you. Examples include any virus which may be passed to other competitors or cause dizziness, drowsiness or fainting spells or having an injury that will affect the safety of the performance.
  • Competitors agree to complete and sign an online waiver prior to competing. This will be emailed out to competitors the week of the event.
  • The UKPPC reserves the right to prevent a competitor from performing if they are judged not to be physically fit as described above.
  • 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 before their category is complete on the day of the final event.
  • Competitors are responsible for checking that poles are to their satisfaction prior to their performance.


  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category will be determined using the judging criteria and scoring system.
  • In addition, awards will be presented for the following: Best Entertainer, Best Tricks, Best Choreography, Most Unique and The Sexiest. These will be picked by the judging panel.


  • Music MP3s must be submitted by email by the 18th October 2023.
  • Please ensure that your music is cut to the appropriate length for your routine.
  • Music mixes are permitted, and encouraged.
  • Music must not be offensive in any way.
  • Music with excessive swearing may be restricted so please send over to if you are unsure.

Routine Length

Performer – maximum routine length 4 minutes
Instructor – maximum routine length 4 minutes
Professional – maximum routine length 4.5 minutes
Elite – maximum routine length 5 minutes
Minimum for all levels is 3 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 final event can be the same as in the video round, but does not have to.

Clothing & Shoes

  • The UKPPC defines suitable dance attire as covering the genitals at all times, this includes breasts. A minimum of briefs, hotpants, crop tops, bra tops, leotards or similar items. If you are unsure if your costume meets these requirements, please check with the UKPPC team in advance.
  • There is no need to fully cover the glutes.
  • 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 (this rules is exempt for those in performer category due to the differing judging criteria)
  • 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 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 but only if agreed upon prior to the event by the UKPPC team.
  • 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 final event may not be permitted.
  • The use of backing dancers is not permitted.
  • Human props are permitted., as long as they do not touch the pole or touch the dancer whilst they are using the pole. Please email to have your idea signed off by The UKPPC Team.

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 oily 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 final event.
  • Photography and filming are not permitted within the competitor changing areas aside from the professional team hired by UKPPC.
  • 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 final event.
  • The poles are 45mm, stainless steel multi-piece, competition standard X-Poles.
  • The height of the stage is approximately 1.1m.
  • The floor to ceiling height of the poles is 4m.
  • 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. It is very important that you choreograph your routine for this 360 audience.