- Pole Art Estonia / Baltic Cup 2016 is the first Baltic Pole Art Competition (hereinafter referred to as the POLE ART BALTIC CUP 2016 or Competition). Pole Art Estonia / Baltic Cup 2016 is the project of the sports club Pole Style «SK Pole Style» (hereinafter referred to as the Organizer).
- Date and place - 23.04.2016; Nordea Concert Hall, Tallinn, Estonia.
- Tours and categories: The competition runs in one round, and is divided into 3 categories:
You can take part:
- In category «Amateur» (for women/girls):
1. If you have over one year of experience in the pole sports;
2. If you took part in any other competition;
- In category «Semi-professional» (for women/girls):
1. If you have over two year of experience in the pole sports;
2. If you are an instructor in the pole sports;
3. If you have already been a prizewinner/contestant in any professional competitions;
- In category «Double» (woman/girl + man/boy or woman/girl + woman/girl, man/boy + man/boy)
1. If you over one year of experience in the pole sports;
2. If you took part in any other competition.
- Nominations and awards
«Amateur» (women/girls) – cup, certificate;
«Semi-professional» (women/girls) - cup, certificate;
«Double»(woman/girl + man/boy or woman/girl + woman/girl, man/boy + man/boy) – cup, certificate;
- Participation in competition
The Competition is open to contestants coming from the Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The contestant should have a valid residence permit or citizenship in one of the mentioned Baltic countries.
- Application submission (Registration)
Deadline for submitting applications to participate in the Competition is 23 March 2016.
- Registration procedure:
- You can register on the website http://poleart.eu/eng/registration (In the website section «Registration», the contestant selects one of the categories, in which he/she wants to participate);
- Fill in the questionnaire form in the selected category and submit for participation (Read the rules thoroughly);
- The questionnaire should necessarily contain a link to the contestant’s video on YouTube (The video will be viewed in the prequalifying round in the semi-finals to select the finalists);
- The questionnaire must necessarily contain a link to the music track in a good quality (The mp3 format is required. Indicate whether the music track is an original track or a mix, shortened version, etc. For convenience, separate the features with commas: category, title, and length). The music tracks will be booked for performances in the Final (If the same track will be submitted by several contestants at the same time, the right to use it will be given to the first applicant);
- To complete your registration, you should pay for the participation. (Specify your initials and e-mail in the purpose of payment field);
- Upon successful submission, your application will pass to processing. The application is processed within 3 business days.
- Upon successful processing of the application, the contestant will receive a letter (The letter will be sent to the e-mail address specified in the application) with the confirmation of successful registration to the competition.
- Participation fee
To complete registration, the contestant should pay a participation fee in the amount of 50 euros.
The fee includes:
- Participation in the semi-final.
- For contestants passing the video prequalification round, participation in the final.
If you are not selected in the video prequalification round to the finals, the fee amount shall not be refunded.
- The Competition is divided into two rounds:
Semi-final (video prequalification round):
- The contestant should send a short edited video without distracting elements. The maximum video length is 3 minutes. Longer videos from any of the competition are permitted, but only 3 minutes will be judged;
- The contestant should equally use the static and rotating pylons. 50% of the choreography should constitute a dance – either on the ground floor or with/on the pylon. The costume and dramaturgy will add bonus points;
- All contestants’ videos will be uploaded to the website in the section “Contestants”;
- The finalists will be announced in categories from 28 to 30 March, 2016.
- The final competition will be held on 23 April 2016, in Tallinn in the Nordea Concert Hall http://www.tallinnconcerthall.com/virtuaaltuur/. Address: Estonia pst 9, 10143 Tallinn;
- The finalists should be approachable within three days before the Competition;
- The finalists shall be accredited on the day of the Competition at 10:00-11:00 in the Nordea Concert Hall;
- The contestants should arrange for accommodation, flight and medical insurance (for active sports).
- Accreditation (required documents)
The contestants should sign certain documents at the front desk, including permission to use contestant’s photos and videos in all media and/or for advertising purposes, if the organizer deems it necessary.
The procedure and the list of documents:
- A copy of the contestant’s identification document. Each contestant, regardless of nationality, should have a valid identification document: passport, ID card, medical insurance (for active sports) valid for the entire period of the competition;
- Participation Agreement;
- Competition Rules;
- Internal rules of conduct of the Nordea Concert House.
- Requirements for contestants:
Each contestant should meet the following requirements:
- On the day of registration, the contestant must be at least 16 years of age. A legal representative (a parent, a guardian) has the right to send a request for a contestant under 18 years of age. The representative of the contestant under 18 years of age must be personally present at the Competition for the entire period of participation in the Competition of the contestant under 18 years of age. The legal representative participates in accreditation and confirms the agreement to participate in the Competition by the contestant under 18 years of age;
- The contestant, regardless of nationality, must have a valid identification document (a passport, a document certifying permanent residence, identity card, etc.), as well as a sports medical insurance valid for the entire period of the Competition;
- Every contestant must read and understand with the Rules of the Competition.
Before and during the Competition, the contestants are not permitted to:
- Drink alcohol*;
- Take in any substances that affect consciousness*;
- Take any banned stimulants, such as steroids, etc.*;
In the case of suspected improper condition/behavior of the contestants, the Organizers reserve the right to test the contestant for: (alcohol, drugs, stimulants, etc.)
* Any violation of this rule results in immediate disqualification.
On the day of the Competition, at the front desk, the contestant should provide the selected music recorded on the CD to the organizers (one disc can contain only one music track, music track length is no longer than the performance length). CDs should be signed; they must indicate the contestant’s name, surname, and nickname (if he/she will use it) and the phone number.
- Requirements for the costume and performance
Violation of any of these rules results in disqualification.
- Every costume is unique, however, topless, lingerie, such as string or any erotic lingerie, are prohibited. Men are allowed to perform bare-chested;
- During the Competition the contestant is allowed to perform barefoot or in: ballet, Jazz, sports, gymnastics shoes, heels shoes, if they do not pose a risk to the contestant and/or spectators and the jury;
- During the participation, it is not allowed to strip off any clothing, provided that removing the clothes the contestant will denude those parts of the body that are not allowed to be denuded. However, such parts of the costume as coats, jackets, masks, skirts are permitted to be stripped off, if the contestant will still be dressed appropriately. The contestant shall be dimmed improperly dressed, if the chest is bare (for girls) or “private parts”. In case of violation of these rules the contestant will be immediately disqualified;
- It is not allowed to touch or rub the “private parts”;
- Latex or any similar type of material is not allowed to be used in the costume;;
- It is not allowed to use belts and boots;
- It is allowed to use gloves;
- Hair and accessories should not interfere with performance;
- Bio tattoos; henna tattoos, body art are not allowed;
- Liquids, fire, needles, etc., are not allowed.
- Permitted / Prohibited means
During the Competition, the contestants are not allowed to use any kind of balms and lotions for the body, which can damage the equipment (pylon) or may make the pylon surface slippery before the performances of other contestants.
Music track length must be 3 minutes and 30 seconds to 4 minutes. You can select your favorite music, original mixes are also permitted, but inappropriate and vulgar music cannot be used – unethical context, vulgar language, racism, sexual abuse, any support for terrorism, promotion of drug use and unhealthy lifestyles, and so on. The music should be affirmatively authorized on YouTube.
The music should not be repeated (including remixes); the privilege of using the music track will have the contestant who sends this music track first.
The deadline for submitting music tracks is 23 March 2016. The finalists must send the prepared music in high quality and in the mp3 format.
- Repeated performance
Neither performance can be repeated, if it will be stopped by the contestant in the second half of the performance, without any serious reason for that.
The performance can be repeated, if:
- there were any technical problems not caused by the contestant;
- there were any technical problems with the music;
- the contestant, in the first half of the performance, stops his performance, due to technical problems with the pylons not caused by him.
The referee makes the final decision on the repetition of the performance and his decision cannot be withdrawn.
- Stage and pylons
- There will be 2 pylons installed on the stage (a static one and a rotating one), 42 mm diameter, 4 meter height;
- The distance between the pylons is 3.5 m, and the distance to the edge of the stage is 2 m;
- If you stand facing the stage, the static pylon is on the left;
- If you'll be performing solo and pylons will be used only for yourself, then you need to use both the static and the rotating pylons during your performance;
- If you are performing in a pair, you can use two static and two rotating pylons, which depends on your choice;
- During your performance, you can also use a metal structure between the pylons;
- It is allowed to use the following products in order to maintain a strong grip and prevent slipping on the pylon: Mighty Grip, Itac 2, Dry Hands, chalk, liquid chalk, talc, and liquid talc. During the Competition, it is prohibited to use body balms, waxes or lotions, which could make the pylons or stage slippery for other contestants. Using iTac, Stickum Grip, Rosin Grip, Gorilla Grip, and sprays are prohibited.
The finalists will be evaluated in accordance with Scoring card.
Judge’s name _________________________________________
Contestant’s name ___________________________________
||Maximum number of points
|Originality of the image and the staging
|Choreography all the whole performance
|Emotional and artistic expression
|Costume, hairstyle, make-up
|Choreography on the floor
||Maximum number of points
|Clear start and ending of a ligament, twist, elements
|Lines and flexibility
|Choreography and elements performed on the floor
|Musical performance of the elements
||Maximum number of points
|Problems with the costume
||- 5 points
|Falling and slipping
||- 5 points
|Movement of a sexual nature
||- 5 points
|Prohibited elements in category “Amateurs” (Deadlift, muscle ups, iron x, fonji, flips)
||- 10 points
||- 25 points
- Every performance should contain elements of choreography and tricks on the pylon in ratio 50/50.
A judge undertakes:
- To objectively evaluate the performances of the contestants in strict accordance with the Rules of Judging, using the full scale of evaluation;
- Not to show any prejudice of racial, sexual, religious or national character while performing his/her duties;
- To be tolerant, polite, considerate and respectful in relation to the contestants. A judge should demand similar conduct from all persons involved;
- Not to disclose information obtained while performing his/her duties;
- To keep a personal report in which he/she records evaluations prior to its display or announcement and all the comments on it;
- To attend all meetings of the judges before, during and at the end of the Competition;
- To present a personal protocol for inspection at the request of the Chief Judge while judging; to explain the reasons for giving evaluation that significantly differs from the evaluations of other judges to the Chief Judge, orally or in writing;
- Выставлять конкурсантам баллы от 1-10 (средний балл высчитывается путем деления на количество судей).
- The judges make the final decision. The winners are announced 30 minutes after the completion of the last performance.
- The judges are not required to comment on the points allotted to the contestants.
- The winners are the contestants with the highest number of points and they ran, second and third respectively.
- No other person, except for the Chief Judge, is allowed to communicate with the judges, when the judges are directly engaged with the judging.
- The Chief Judge has the right to stop a performance at any time, if there is a risk to the health or safety of contestants or any other person during the performances, if the contestant does not follow the rules of the Competition, or if the contestant violates the rules of the Competition. The judges reserve the right to disqualify a contestant who violates the rule(s) at any time during the Competition.
- Upon completion of the judging and announcement of the results of the Competition, the claims are accepted within 1 hour. When this time expires, the results consider being final, and no discussions or claims to change the results will not be taken into account.
- The judges and athletes can be disqualified, in the event of the joint communication and discussion of any issues during the Competition.
- The judges are free to communicate upon ending of the judicial program, but it should not affect the judging.
- Rights of parties
The Organizers are entitled:
- To record the championship on video and use these materials;
- To delete videos or photos with inappropriate content;
- The Organizers reserve the right to amend the rules and regulations at any time in the event of the force majeure;
- The Organizers are obliged to provide the judges and representatives of media with special seats in the Nordea Concert Hall;
- The Organizers are not responsible for the loss of the contestants’ things;
- To provide athletes with the room to change clothes and to warm up;
- To provide medical first aid in case of injury or incident;
- The Organizers reserve the right to award special prizes if they consider it necessary.
- Draw (contestant numbers/order of performances)
Upon accreditation, the finalists will personally take part in the draw. The number of each contestant's performance is determined at the draw.
- Dress rehearsal
The dress rehearsal is held at the end of the draw in accordance with the order of performances determined at the draw.
- Additional information
To create more comfortable conditions for the nonresident participants and the persons accompanying them to Tallinn during the Competition, the Organizers will prepare a special price proposal for the hotel accommodation for the period of the Competition.