Due to Covid-19 and the disruption it has had on our training and our lives, for BPC 2021 there will be no restrictions on video entry length or when video auditions were filmed. This is to reduce pressure on the entrants and to keep everyone as safe as possible, whilst still keeping the competition running.

Video Entry Rules

Maximum song length video entry: 2.5 minutes
Maximum song length live final: 3 minutes

  • The first 2 weeks of the video entries are only open to those who live in or learn or teach pole in the BS postal area.
  • After this time, remaining spaces are opened up to those who live outside Bristol.
  • You may reserve your space first and send your video in by the deadline
  • Video audition links must be sent in by Midnight on the 31st May 2021 at the latest. 
  • Please make sure that your video is either ‘unlisted’ or ‘public’. If your video is private, we will be unable to judge your video.
  • This is an amateur category, you must have never been paid to teach, perform or model pole dance in any capacity.
  • You must never have competed in a Semi-Pro or Pro category to enter an amateur category.


Your video entry will be judged on the following criteria. Please note this criteria will also be followed for the live final.

  • Technical difficulty
  • Execution
  • Performance
  • Musicality
  • Costume & theme (not judged in the video round)
  • Fluidity
  • Well-rounded

Please note that costume and theme are not judged in the video round, but it is judged in the final. Please see full criteria breakdown here.


Costumes that are loose or do not provide proper coverage are not permitted. This includes bikinis and costumes held together by string (secure straps are permitted).

Costumes must be tested for malfunctions, you risk losing marks if malfunctions occur during your routine

Boots must ankle height maximum, height of the heel itself is not restricted.

If you are unsure, then feel free to send us a picture of you in your costume before you film.


Permitted Tricks

Basic climbs and basic side climbs only.

All seats, basic crucifix, basic wrist-seat, Skater, Figurehead (AKA hood ornament) and standing thigh hold are permitted.

A basic invert from the floor into an Inverted crucifix or gemini are permitted

Basic handstand dismounts are permitted and basic handstand shapes with use of the pole as an extra grip point e.g handstand butterfly with stomach resting against the pole.

Dynamic beginner transitions such as pirouettes, step-around, cartwheel and coffin roll are permitted.

ALL basic spins are permitted, including reverse grab and one-handed spins.

Restricted Tricks

Forearm climbs are not permitted.

No static holds where both feet are off the floor (e.g. embrace), apart from as stated in the permitted section.

but no other inverts or moves from an invert are allowed.

In this case the term ‘basic’ is meant to mean no variations, only the simplest form of that move. Any questions please email Kassia Portas on