Pole Artistry Grand Masters Submission
Welcome to the submission form for Pole Artistry Grand Masters, where here the competition is not just for fitness nor just for dance but art because it's ALL relevant. Art is never wrong!!!! This is NZ's first semi pro focused competition based on the entry criteria. Read below carefully to see if you are eligible to enter.

This season we will only have two divisions and both have an equal number of competitors.
10 Amateur competitors and 10 Semi pro competitors.
The following year we will hope to increase competitor spaces for semi pro as popularity and interest grows to fall in line with the competition's vision to be semi pro focused. NZAPP open category competitors may not enter this competition.

-AMATEUR DIVISION competing for the Mini Masters Trophy: Not an instructor. Not a studio owner. Have not been paid for any pole performances before. May have won a heat from NZAPP. Have not won any previous second or third placings in other amateur / open level / free style / unspecified competitions. Have not won any OVER-ALL title in any pole competition before including OVER-ALL NZAPP.
Contestants from MPQNZ 2018 and prior are all accepted, since the restructure of their competition MPQNZ elite category 2019 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE to enter.

-SEMI PRO DIVISION competing for the Grand Masters Trophy: May be an instructor. May be a studio owner. May have been paid for any pole performances. May have won an NZAPP HEAT. (Please note this excludes NZAPP finals.)
May have placed second or third placings in other amateur / open level /freestyle / unspecified competitions. Have not previously won OVERALL title in NZAPP finals, any other pole competition or division. Have not been accepted to compete on the stage of any professional competition (Miss Pole Dance NZ or Pole Legends Nz are both considered professional here in NZ). PLEASE NOTE competitors of MPQNZ from 2018 and prior are all accepted, since the restructure of their competition MPQNZ elite category 2019 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE to enter.



This is your chance to have the professional experience on the grand stage and to be looked after and valued like a real performer, and not be just another competitor in the line up. The stage will be your platform to showcase something truly artistic, flexible, strong and skilled! Props are encouraged, back up dancers are encouraged, costumes are absolutely encouraged, themes are encouraged and experimental vibes are encouraged! Nothing is off the table. Choose to take the audience on a journey they will never forget!

Judges with pole, dance, art, performance and competition specific skills from outside of NZ's pole community will be judging so all will be fair and unbiased.

The entries require a pre selection video round, ONLY successful applicants will be invited to compete in the finals at the Nelson Theatre Royal 22nd Feb 2020

So read the form (again) carefully, fill it out and get practicing for your submission video!!!! You have until the 7th of Nov 2019 to put your submission forward.

You must have been pole training here in NZ for at least 1 month prior to the competition. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and older on the day of the competition.

ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE LEFT UNANSWERED PLEASE FEEL FREE TO PM VIA THE FACEBOOK PAGE POLE ARTISTRY GRAND MASTERS TO HAVE ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED.

Submission Video Entry Criteria

1 – Pole Tricks 10 points
The level of difficulty of your tricks for your division. Were they executed correctly, safely, soothly, with good form and control. Did you hold them steady and for an appropriate amount of time? Were your leg and feet lines extended and clean? Did you exit the trick/move/combo with control?

2 – Dance/floorwork/basework 10 points
Did you incorporate any dance into your routine, free of the pole (not using the pole to hold on to). Was there a clear style and did you perform this correctly. Did you perform any floor work (where you are on the ground creating shapes and flow)? Was this executed smoothly and with control? Did it flow and make sense. Did you perform any basework (dancing around the base of the pole.) Was this clean, smooth, controlled and coordinated?

3 – Concept/costume/story/presentation 10 points
Did you have an obvious theme or character or conceptual idea that you wanted to present or convey. If so, were you convincing in your act? Did you carry the character throughout the routine without losing connection? Did you have a costume of any description? Did it match the theme or character? If you removed it, did you do it smoothly with control and did it make sense and match the story or theme? How well were you presented, and did you put effort into your aesthetic concept? Was your outfit or costume clean, coordinated, matching, effective?

4 – Wow Factor 10 points
Was there anything unique or ground breaking about your routine. Did you engage with your audience. Did you use eye contact, gestures and facial expression to convey your character or theme or emotion? Did you fill the space you had on stage with your movement or presence. If you simply danced around the pole in a small space, did you use expression and gestures to draw the audience into your small dance space?

All of these categories are allocated 10 points, making a total out of 40 points for your submission. You don’t necessarily have to have ALL of these things in one routine, but these are some of the different elements to think about and include creating a well-rounded and complete show. As this competition has an emphasis on entertainment, not just tricks, it REALLY helps to have a concept, theme, story and/or character to work with. Connect with that character using a costume and your FACIAL EXPRESSION. Use eye contact to connect with your audience to draw them in and keep them interested. Make them care about you or your character.

Transitions – moving between tricks and poses in a combination.
Musicality – your ability to dance WITH the music, not through it. Do your movements match the tempo/beats/accents/lyrics in the song?
Leg/feet lines – ensuring that you fully extend your legs, straight knees and pointed feet.
Conviction – were your movements and gestures believable and carried out with intention. Did they help support your character or theme or emotion?
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AMATEUR DIVISION competing for the Mini Masters Trophy : Not an instructor. Not a studio owner. Have not been paid for any pole performances before. May have won a heat from NZAPP. Have not won any OVER-ALL title in any pole competition before including OVER-ALL NZAPP.
SEMI PRO DIVISION competing for the grandmaster trophy : May be an instructor. May be a studio owner. May have been paid for any pole performances. May have won an NZAPP heat. May have won second or third placings in other amateur and open/freestyle competitions. Have not won any OVER-ALL titles in any other pole competition before including Pole Artistry Grand Masters. Have not been accepted to compete on the stage of any professional competition. (Miss Pole Dance NZ or Pole Legends Nz are both considered proffesional here in NZ.)
I understand all entry fees must be paid by Thurs 7th Nov 2019 for submission forms to be accepted. PLEASE REF YOUR LAST NAME and SEMI for semi pro or AMAT for amateur or BOTH for both. - WITHOUT THIS PAYMENT YOUR VIDEO AND SUBMISSION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. *
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Submission video link is required. Video must be no longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds. It must be a continuous video with no cuts, we will not be accepting videos longer than 2.30. Pole video must be from the last 12 months. Vimeo or youtube is preferred. *
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