International Pole Dance Fitness Association

FAQ

Championship

  1. What is the International Pole Championships?
  2. How do I register for the pole dance championship as a national and entrant ?
  3. Is there an age limit to participate in the championship?
  4. What are the rules for the video entry?
  5. Do doubles need to apply separately?
  6. What do you mean by ‘Ultimate’, ‘Pole fit’ and ‘Pole art’ champions?
  7. Who conducts and where are the Championships held?
  8. Are there any guidelines and qualifications requirements for the competitors?
  9. How do you select the competitor candidates?
  10. Is media part of this event? Are you advertising the Championships for global attention?
  11. What are the prizes?
  12. Does the jury panel belong to the same industry or any other recognized art or sport platform
  13. Can IPDFA board members compete for the Championship?
  14. Are there any country restrictions to compete for the Championship?
  15. What are the divisions and how are they classed?
  16. Does IPDFA sponsor the finalists?
  17. Is there a fee to apply?
  18. What is it for?
  19. Are there any events associated with IPC?
  20. Where can I buy tickets to watch?
  21. Can I apply to judge IPC?

Membership

  1. Who can I become a member?
  2. Do you charge membership?
  3. Do you require any references and recommendations for getting IPDFA membership?
  4. Are there any location restrictions for membership?
  5. What are the IPDFA membership benefits?
  6. Do you restrict unqualified pole candidates for membership?
  7. What are the membership requirements?
  8. Can a studio hold two memberships?
  9. How can a national association become a member of IPDFA
  10. Is it possible to register as an ‘Instructor’ without having any prior experience?
  11. Are there any specific limitations to register for a Studio?
  12. What responsibilities do members of IPDFA have?
  13. How do I register as a member of IPDFA online?

IPDFA

  1. What is IPDFA?
  2. What is Pole dancing?
  3. How does pole dancing help to obtain body fitness?
  4. What are the criteria of eligibility to become a pole dance instructor?
  5. How and from where did pole dance originate?
  6. What is the main purpose behind the formation of IPDFA?
  7. IS Pole dancing a form of exercise?
  8. How do I benefit from joining IPDFA?
  9. Do you have any affiliates / ties with other associations?
  10. How well are you networked and placed in the market?
  11. Does IPDFA release newsletters, magazines etc?
  12. Is Pole Dance or Pole Fitness your main focus and aim?
  13. How do you promote pole dance as fitness sport?
  14. Can IPDFA contacted for any events and shows sponsors?
  15. Do you broadcast shows on TV to promote Pole Dancing?
  16. How can others collaborate with you? Are there franchise opportunities?
  17. Where can I hear more details about your events and news?
  18. I am a Pole Dancing small business owner; can I join your association?
  19. Do you stock poles for purchase?
  20. I want to open a studio; do you provide support of any kind?
  21. Do you have a database of pole studios across the world, and how can I get my studio listed on it?
  22. Does IPDFA membership require any fee or charges?

 Courses

  1. Are there any age restrictions for signing up to pole classes?
  2. Are there any pole dancing course available at IPDFA?
  3. What are the courses available at IPDFA?
  4. What are the benefits of Pole dance courses?
  5. What is the time duration of the pole dance courses?
  6. Who will be conducting classes and are they properly qualified?
  7. Do you offer online courses and provide certification on course completion?
  8. Do you offer online courses and provide certification on course completion?
  9. How can I register for the classes?
  10. Do you conduct classes on a regular basis and where will the classes be conducted?
  11. What are the basis requirements to join and start pole dancing?
  12. Are there any separate courses for re-freshers and experienced candidates?
  13. I am a bit nervous and lack self-confidence; can I enroll and how will I find it?
  14. Do I have to start at the Beginner Level course?
  15. Is pole dancing beneficial for fitness and health?
  16. Is a Dance background essential for pole or can anyone practice without dance knowledge
  17. I want to become a recognized pole instructor?
  18. Do you directly conduct classes or have affiliate studios for the courses?
  19. When am I able to sign up/decide?
  20. What is the total cost of these two courses?
  21. How often do they run?
  22. In total, there are 2 parts to the certification – Foundation and Beginner.  Are there any more modules after that?
  23. Are these the only available courses, or are there any that are not online based – whereby you actually attend a location/studio for a period of time?
  24. In total, they take 6 months to complete?  Is this time set?  Is there any way to bypass/expedite this timetable?
  25. Upon completion of both courses, if I am not planning to set up any full time studio or business but wish to share my knowledge periodically, am I still entitled to the certification?

Championship

  1. What is the International Pole Championships?

    The International Pole Championship (IPC) is a competition organized annually by
International Pole Dance Fitness Association (IPDFA) with the first held in 2008. It is the brainchild of renowned performer and instructor Ania/Anna Przeplasko (pronounced pshe plaz ko). It is the one pioneering international pole dance fitness championship where winners are credited solely for their dance skills, trick techniques and overall showmanship. The IPC is the first pole competition to introduce both men and disabled divisions. Winners of national championships are granted entry to this championship. Undiscovered talents are encouraged to submit a video entry via the IPC website. All semi finalists stand a chance to gain online votes and win the title Pole Idol, along with sponsorship to the Grand Finals.

  2. How do I register for the pole dance championship as a national and entrant ?

    There are two simple ways to enter: Granted and Wild-card entry. Granted entry is for anyone who has won an IPDFA-approved national competition, while Wild-card entries are chosen at IPDFA’s discretion, and both require videos submitted online.

  3. Is there an age limit to participate in the championship?

    Yes, you have to be 18 years and above to enter.

  4. What are the rules for the video entry?

    The video needs to be between 2 and 4 minutes long. Videos longer than 4 minutes will be accepted, but please be advised that the panel will watch only up until 4 minutes. This time limit is to include any credits or advertising notes.
    For singles, the routine needs to be performed across two poles – one spinning and one static. For Doubles, both poles should be set on spinning. The face/s of the performer/s need to be easily recognized and there should be no other person other than the performer/s in the video.  The video should not be edited, aside from credits at the start and finish if required, and these should run for no longer than 15 seconds in total.  The video and music needs to be copyright-free.

  5. Do doubles need to apply separately?

    Doubles entries should consist of one completed and signed application form per person, together with the same video entry.

  6. What do you mean by ‘Ultimate’, ‘Pole fit’ and ‘Pole art’ champions?

    The Ultimate Pole Champion is an IPC winning title and is awarded to the competitor who demonstrates the highest level of technical skill, strength, flexibility and dynamic movement, along with the highest level of performance, fluidity and showmanship.
POLE FIT: Pole Fit Champion is awarded to the competitor who displays the most strength, flexibility, dynamic movement and aerobic endurance through well executed pole dance movements.  Judges will be looking for pole tricks and combinations, which display a high degree of difficulty executed with flawless technique, and smooth transitions combined with dance/movement in an entertaining routine.POLE ART: Pole Art Champion is awarded to the competitor who performs a routine that displays great artistic expression, through their movement to music, musicality, showmanship, interpretation of their song and creative choreography. This competitor is still expected to show a high level of skill and technique on the pole but the scoring will be weighted towards the performance side of their routine.

  7. Who conducts and where are the Championships held?

    The International Pole Dance Fitness Association (IPDFA) together with local partners runs the Championships and they are held in a different country each year – chosen specifically as being a region where the IPDFA would like to increase awareness and promotion of pole dancing.

  8. Are there any guidelines and qualifications requirements for the competitors?

    There are two simple ways to enter: Granted and Wild-card entry. Granted entry is for anyone who has won an IPDFA-approved national competition, while Wild-card entries are chosen at IPDFA’s discretion, and both require videos submitted online.

  9. How do you select the competitor candidates?

    A judging panel reviews each of the video entries and scores them according to a universal scoring sheet.

  10. Is media part of this event? Are you advertising the Championships for global attention?

    Yes, the global media is involved and in fact, IPDFA was successfully featured on international channels such as Reuters, Associated Press,  <<list>>, promoting the International Pole Championship.  In fact, the pole dance industry has acknowledged IPC as the Best Media Attended Event.

  11. What are the prizes?

    As well as the coveted titles, prizes are definitely worth entering for and include crystal trophies, a Visitor’s Visa; registration to complete the IPDFA Master Instructor Course; make-up and hair products from the sponsors; support for all entrants with sponsorship applications; invaluable promotion via IPDFA’s website and social media sites and much, much more.

  12. Does the jury panel belong to the same industry or any other recognized art or sport platform

    Well recognized and respected individuals from other industries, including the circus industry, are invited to join the judging panel.

  13. Can IPDFA board members compete for the Championship?

    No.

  14. Are there any country restrictions to compete for the Championship?

    Pole dancers from all countries are welcome and encouraged to apply.

  15. What are the divisions and how are they classed?

    There are five divisions – men, women, doubles, disabled and Masters

  16. Does IPDFA sponsor the finalists?

    Yes – the winner of Pole Idol has their flights and accommodation to the value of US$3000 sponsored by IPDFA.

  17. Is there a fee to apply?

    Each entrant needs to pay a fee of HKD300 to apply

  18. What is it for?

    This fee covers administration costs, website upkeep, and vote processing.

  19. Are there any events associated with IPC

    There are two events. First of all, the Pole Professional Conference brings together Pole Dance Fitness professionals and national association representatives from different countries to discuss the future, rules and regulations of pole dance fitness . Following IPC, workshops with IPC finalists are hosted.

  20. Where can I buy tickets to watch?

    IPDFA forms a partnership with local ticket providers or official ticket box for ticket sales.  Check the IPC website for booking details. Workshops can be booked online.

  21. Can I apply to judge IPC?

    To be a judge, you must first complete IPDFA’s judging course, and have a minimum three  years judging experience, to include at least two international events.

Membership

  1. Who can I become a member? 

    Instructors, studios, organizations and pole industry professionals can all become members of IPDFA

  2. Do you charge membership?

    Yes. Membership starts from US$45 per annum

  3. Do you require any references and recommendations for getting IPDFA membership?

    Yes – instructors need to have a First Aid certificate and a support recommendation letter from their workplace.

  4. Are there any location restrictions for membership?

    No, online courses are available for completion from anywhere in the world, as long as Internet access is available.

  5. What are the IPDFA membership benefits?

    PDFA membership benefits includes:

    • Free Pole Positions book
    • Electronic member certificate (hard copy option at extra cost)
    • Web banner
    • Access to our exclusive Members Corner for resources (e.g. tips and know-how)
    • Monthly newsletter
    • New member monthly highlight (website)
    • Listings on Members Locator (iPhone app coming soon)
    • Discounts and wholesale opportunities (for merchandise and products, etc)
    • Referral and exposure to media database
    • Access to accreditation and Continuing Education Courses for professional development.
    • On Call Support and Advice

    If you are a centre or studio providing facilities for pole dancing classes, workshops, seminars etc, the IPDFA membership will offer support and advice for any difficulties you might experience running a centre for pole dancing. The IPDFA will be on call to all registered centres to assist in promoting and exposing your centre, by way of website and advertising guidance. As an IPDFA member, resources for building and advancing your space are readily available.

    Representation and Endorsement

    IPDFA will there to represent and endorse your centre. Centres are able to highlight and publicise new ventures and initiatives with the monthly newsletter available for all members. This is great not only for those wanting to share and exhibit what they are doing, but is also beneficial for everyone else, who gets the chance to pick up on and learn from the new ideas that other centres are trialing.

    Professional Networking

    As with instructor membership, the membership database puts you in touch with reputable instructors that are in your area if, for example, you may want to run a specialized workshop. It also presents you with many media options and listings for running your centre.

  6. Do you restrict unqualified pole candidates for membership?

    Yes – all candidates should be qualified and we are happy to help everybody achieve their accreditation, no matter where in the world and where in their career they are.

  7. What are the membership requirements?

    Each studio needs to have at least one instructor with their CPR and First Aid course certificate, and the studio needs to be open and operating for at least 2 years.

  8. Can a studio hold two memberships?

    Yes – different memberships are available for different studio locations

  9. How can a national association become a member of IPDFA

    Associations are encouraged to become a member and share in the IPDFA framework. Simply complete an online application form here. http://www.ipdfa.com/affiliation/associations-and-organisations/

  10. Is it possible to register as an ‘Instructor’ without having any prior experience?

    No – this category is strictly for professional instructors only.

  11. Are there any specific limitations to register for a Studio?

    At least one instructor must be registered with IPDFA.

  12. What responsibilities do members of IPDFA have?

    They need to practice safe teaching methods, and keep updated on the latest  standards to provide the best instruction for their students.

  13. How do I register as a member of IPDFA online?

    Simply complete the appropriate form on the website.  http://www.ipdfa.com/register/

IPDFA

  1. What is IPDFA?

    IPDFA stands for the “International Pole Dance Fitness Association”, a non-government community organization with the mission to promote pole dance as sport and fitness, facilitating information, training and access for individuals and groups to practice regulated pole dance sport fitness.  The IPDFA pioneered the International Pole Championship, the first competition to introduce dedicated male and disabled categories– More information can be found on www.IPDFA.com

  2. What is Pole dancing?

    Pole Dancing is a form of dance gymnastics, using a vertical steel dance pole.  It requires substantial muscular strength, endurance and flexibility, with emphasis on the arms, shoulders, back and core, as the majority of movements require physical lifting of bodyweight.  Frequently momentum is used in order to add movement and is generated from the lower body to perform spins, mounts and climbs.  Pole Dancing is renowned for its acrobatics known as ‘tricks’ which describes a series of poses using limited body contact, leveling from beginner upright poses, intermediate invert poses to advanced aerial rotations.

  3. How does pole dancing help to obtain body fitness?

    Pole Dance is a physical activity that activates both cardiovascular (aerobic) and muscular (anaerobic) systems, which means it is a complete body workout.  Depending on the frequency and intensity of an individual’s pole dance practice, it can help maintain or it can dramatically improve fitness levels.

  4. What are the criteria of eligibility to become a pole dance instructor?

    General criteria of eligibility are for the candidate to have a valid first aid certificate recognized in their country.  The IPDFA recommends Pole Dance Instructor Certification Courses that we believe to have the highest level of health, safety and standard of teaching.  A list of IPDFA endorsed courses and their individual criteria of eligibility can be found here.

  5. How and from where did pole dance originate?

    The origins of Pole Dance as entertainment are not documented but it is understood by the community to come from Canada in the 1980s, as dancers took to the vertical poles on bar tops attached from the bar tops to ceilings.  Audiences were so entertained by this spectacle that dancers began to find more creative ways to use the vertical pole and keep their audiences enthralled.The origins of Pole Dance as fitness is documented to be from the UK, with Pole People providing the world’s first accredited Registrar of Exercise Professionals courses in 1995.  More detailed history can be found here.

  6. What is the main purpose behind the formation of IPDFA?

    To regulate the promotion and practice of pole dance across the world.  The IPDFA board members’ mission is support pole dance communities and activities in the regions. To see who is on the IPDFA board CLICK HERE are continuously looking for country ambassadors – if you are interested in operating an IPDFA office in your country, please email us.

  7. IS Pole dancing a form of exercise?

    Pole dancing as a recognized fitness activity was established in 1995, with the endorsement by the Registrar of Exercise Professionals in the UK.

  8. How do I benefit from joining IPDFA?

    Personal member benefits include exclusive access to the latest industry news, industry specific resources, expert knowledge, training opportunities, peace of mind regulation of best practice, and also first insight into events and promotions.  Business member benefits include all personal benefits with additional business news, resources, access to experts, master trainers, further education and opportunities to showcase your products and services. IPDFA members are, as well, entitle to discounts on IPDFA products like e-pole judge, Pole Position book, IPDFA Master Courses etc….

  9. Do you have any affiliates / ties with other associations?

    The IPDFA work closely alongside regional pole dance associations such as <<please give list>>.  Outside of Pole Dance, the IPDFA has affiliations with the Aerial Arts Association, established in 2008 with the motto “alone we stand, together we RISE”.  AAA’s global mission is to proudly promote and advance the Aerial Dance industry into a coordinated and well communicated community for networking, support and consultation with each other.  For more information visit:  www.aerialartsassociation.com.

  10. How well are you networked and placed in the market?

    The IPDFA has a network of over 14000 members and is cross promoted on over 100 pole dance portals compromising of pole dancers, schools and affiliate sites.

  11. Does IPDFA release newsletters, magazines etc?

    The IPDFA distributes monthly newsletters. To become a subscriber please email us.

  12. Is Pole Dance or Pole Fitness your main focus and aim?

    IPDFA’s main aim is to unite Pole Dance and Fitness together, as we believe by performing one, you automatically perform the other.

  13. How do you promote pole dance as fitness sport?

    The IPDFA hold the International Pole Championship that serves as a platform for Pole Dancers to show the world that Pole Dancing is a competitive and athletic sport. www.polechampionship.com

  14. Can IPDFA contacted for any events and shows sponsors?

    The IPDFA welcomes correspondence for event and show endorsement, affiliations and sponsorship.  Please send a proposal with contact details via email.

  15. Do you broadcast shows on TV to promote Pole Dancing?

    Yes, the IPDFA was successfully featured on international channels such as Reuters, Associated Press,  <<list>>, promoting the International Pole Championship.  In fact, the pole dance industry has acknowledged IPC as the Best Media Attended Event.

  16. How can others collaborate with you?

    Are there franchise opportunities?IPDFA are continuously looking for country ambassadors. If you are interested to operate an IPDFA office in your country, please email us or contact with your Region IPDFA Representative.

  17. Where can I hear more details about your events and news?

    Please sign up to IPDFA monthly newsletter by emailing us here.

  18. I am a Pole Dancing small business owner; can I join your association?All you have to do is fill in a form with all your details to register as a member.  Please do so by clicking here.
  19. Do you stock poles for purchase?

    The IPDFA do not hold stocks of poles, we only recommend pole manufacturers that we think have the highest level of health, safety and quality of materials and mechanisms.

  20. I want to open a studio; do you provide support of any kind?

    The IPDFA can recommend Pole Dance companies offering franchise and license opportunities that can help in setting up your own studio.  For more information please <<email us>> info@ipdfa.com with the subject “Studio Franchise/License”.

  21. Do you have a database of pole studios across the world, and how can I get my studio listed on it?

    To be listed as IPDFA recognized studio, you will need to submit an online application form; HERE As soon your membership is granted, your studio will be listed at Members Locator: http://www.ipdfa.com/member-locations/

  22. Does IPDFA membership require any fee or charges?

    Yes. IPDFA membership is for instructor is 45 USD, studio/centers 100USD, associations 450USD, national competitions 30USD

Courses

  1. Are there any age restrictions for signing up to pole classes?

    Yes. For online pole classes, participants must be an adult over 18 years of age.

  2. Are there any pole dancing course available at IPDFA?

    Yes . You can sign up for IPDFA Online Courses suitable for beginners to advanced and professionals. You can also follow up our page to view upcoming face to face courses in different venues training section.

  3. What are the courses available at IPDFA?

    Pole Dance Fitness Beginner Instructor, Dance Fitness Intermediate Instructor, Pole Dance Fitness Advance Instructor, IPDFA Master Instructor.

  4. What are the benefits of Pole dance courses?

    Pole Fitness Beginner Course:  Get qualified and receive eligibility to qualify for IPDFA and Viva Vertical instructor support programs that will provide support for your ongoing training, career develop, employment opportunities, marketing and promotional resources.  Additionally most insurance companies will require a professional certificate to cover you.

  5. What is the time duration of the pole dance courses?

    Remote learning (online) minimum 3months, maximum 1 year from start of course.

  6. Who will be conducting classes and are they properly qualified?

    The classes will be conducted by IPDFA and Viva Vertical Master Instructors.  They are recognized by three bodies that cover arts, fitness and sport. These are the AAA, IPDFA and AASFP.

  7. Do you offer online courses and provide certification on course completion?

    Pole Fitness Beginners is a remote learning course based on studying online materials, manuals, workbooks, videos and tutorials.

  8. How can I register for the classes?

    You can register on line here.

  9. Do you conduct classes on a regular basis and where will the classes be conducted?

    IPDFA Online Courses are based on video tutorials accessed via the Internet from your personal computer.  IPDFA also conducts face to face instructor courses – the schedule for these courses is listed here.

  10. What are the basis requirements to join and start pole dancing?

    You must fill in a Physical Activity Readiness Question form that states you are in good health.  The form will be able to tell you if you need to seek medical advice before embarking on pole dancing.

  11. Are there any separate courses for re-freshers and experienced candidates?

    Yes.  IPDFA Online Dance Classes cater for beginner, advanced to professional choreographies.  Courses are open to those without and with fitness or pole dancing backgrounds.  IPDFA welcomes all who want to learn about pole dancing, providing easy and safe access to learn.

  12. I am a bit nervous and lack self-confidence; can I enroll and how will I find it?

    Online classes will be based on video tutorials and also remote access to a tutor via email, text chat and voice calls.  Our tutors will be able to guide you through finding and improving your inner and physical strength, and eventually leading you to feeling comfortable with increased confidence – at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home or chosen studio.

  13. Do I have to start at the Beginner Level course?

    This depends on whether you already hold a pole certification. If you have not, then yes, you do need to start at the beginner level. If you do, please send a scanned copy of the certification you have received and advise us as to what modules you have taken. We will then decide whether the course is recognized by the IPDFA.

  14. Is pole dancing beneficial for fitness and health?

    Pole Dancing is a physical activity.  Like all physical activity, it will benefit your body’s fitness therefore overall health.  Be sure to practice pole dancing in accordance to health and fitness industry guidelines (such as ACSM) and up to three to four time a week in order to achieve noticeable fitness and health benefits.

  15. Is a Dance background essential for pole or can anyone practice without dance knowledge?

    IPDFA understands that everyone has to start from somewhere and aims to welcome all those interested in pole dancing to get access to pole dancing.  Therefore no dance experience is necessary, as our recommended tutors will be able to teach you how to pole dance – that is what they love to do!

  16. I want to become a recognized pole instructor?

    By joining IPDFA training or an endorsed course such as Viva Vertical Pole Fitness Beginner Instructor Course.

  17. Do you directly conduct classes or have affiliate studios for the courses?

    IPDFA recommends our recognized member studios.

  18. When am I able to sign up/decide?

    As soon as you are ready, the course is online and completed at the pace of the student . You can sign up here.

  19. What is the total cost of these two courses?

    If you have no fitness qualifications, you must take the Foundation course for USD550 that lasts up to 12weeks.  Then, after passing, you only need to pay an USD100 for a Beginner qualification, which will take an additional 8weeks to process, as this includes new material to learn and a practical exam in 8 weeks. For face to face courses please check rates in local currency.

  20. How often do they run?

    Start whenever the student is ready, as studying is completed online.

  21. In total, there are 2 parts to the certification – Foundation and Beginner.  Are there any more modules after that?

    Intermediate, Advanced and Masters are available, which covers how to safely teach inversions.

  22. Are these the only available courses, or are there any that are not online based – whereby you actually attend a location/studio for a period of time?

    Yes IPDFA also holds non-online courses with affiliated partners. For details go

  23. In total, they take 6 months to complete?  Is this time set?  Is there any way to bypass/expedite this timetable?

    The maximum is 20 weeks. You may go through the modules as fast as you are able, provided all items in each stage are completed.

  24. Upon completion of both courses, if I am not planning to set up any full time studio or business but wish to share my knowledge periodically, am I still entitled to the certification?

    Yes