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: 3 minutes
Maximum song length live final: 3.5 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 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 such as bikinis and costumes only held together by string (secure straps are allowed). 

Costumes should provide a ‘family friendly’ amount of coverage and must be tested for malfunctions, you will lose marks or risk disqualification if this occurs. 

Heels must ankle height maximum, height of the actual heel is not restricted.

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


Basic dead lift and aerial inverts are permitted.
Basic recliner tucked inverts are permitted.

Permitted climbs include forearm/performance climbs and side climbing.
Hands only climbs or inverted climbs are restricted.

Inverts from basic spins are permitted on both static and spinning pole e.g Back Hook to Invert or Flare to Invert.
Flares and Cartwheels are permitted.
Advanced spins to an inverted position are restricted e.g phoenix.

Drops & Tumbles
There must be no attempt to lose contact with the pole and re-catch.
Leg combinations that are controlled with the use of hands are permitted e.g. controlled Holly Drop.

Grip Points
Armpit grips such as Teddy and Rocketman are permitted.
Yogini is restricted.
Brass Monkey from Cross Ankle is permitted.
No other moves from Brass Monkey are permitted, only a safe step down/dismount.
Moves that require an advanced level of a particular grip are all restricted.
Here are some examples: Dangerous Brain, Q, Humming Bird, Knee Holds (Closed or Open), Double Knees
No flips are permitted in this category.

Headstands and handstands are permitted when both hands or forearms are in contact with the pole. The pole may also be used to help with balance or to add a grip point.
One handed handstands or forearm stands using the pole are restricted.
Acro based tricks on the floor are permitted, you will not be at a marked down for being a high level at another skill.

Permitted flexibility moves include: basic ballerina, basic allegra, jade.
Flexibility moves on the floor are permitted, you will not be at a marked down for being a high level at another skill.
Extreme flexibility moves are restricted. e.g. spatchcock, cocoon, extreme scorpio, extended allegra, extended jade splits, oona/russian splits.

Shoulder dismount is permitted to crucifix or gemini climb over is permitted,
Shoulder Mount tuck to Crucifix or Gemini climb over is permitted.
No other moves from Shoulder Mount/dismounts are permitted.
Aerial Shoulder Mounts are restricted.
Basic tucked Iguana lifts and dismounts are permitted.
Planches or arms only dead lifts in any grip are restricted.
Inverted arms only holds are restricted e.g. straight edge or ayesha
Inverted elbow holds are restricted e.g. elbow grip archer.