Have you thought about competing? Considered it but didnt know where to start?

Your journey starts HERE. It starts NOW!

Pole Sport Organization (PSO) offers competitions for every level across the globe throughout the year and is coming to San Francisco for yet another amazing event on August 10th and 11th. Yay!!

Let's step back a second. Yes, We have heard so many students say that they wanted to compete but did not feel "good enough" or "ready". That they wanted to wait until they have been poling longer, until they got better at dancing, or until they had more tricks under their belts. Sound familiar?

We are here to tell you that there is something for everyone at any point in ones pole journey, I promise. Keep reading.

Pole Sport Org groups its competitors based on age, style of dance, and skill level from even the most beginning of beginners all the way up to the Pro level and you would not believe how supportive they all are of each other! We all share a love of pole and genuinely want to see everyone grow and succeed. Some of our greatest friends today were once our competitors or even still are! And what is perhaps most refreshing, is that the ones at the top have been where you are and want to cheer you on as you share yourself and tell your story.

Now, let's get into those details…

Categories of movement and dance style consist of Championship (where you get scored for difficulty of tricks) and artistic categories including Dramatic, Entertainment, and Exotic where the focus is on stage presence. Choosing your category can be based on what you're good at OR where you feel you need to challenge yourself. There is even Low Flow and Freedance categories!

Divisions begin at Level 1 where there are no inverts! Do you want to showcase those climbs, spins, and poses you are so proud of? Here you go! But now let's say you are a little farther into your journey. In Level 2, you may invert but only low on the pole from standing with your feet on the floor. Scared of heights but ready to show off that beautiful Extended Butterly? This is perfect!

Let's take this a step further. You can invert all over the place but aren't quite ready to take Handsprings to the stage. Level 3 is where it's at! The options of variety are HUGE in this level and it isn't until Level 4 where you are allowed to ever be upside down with 2 points of contact (Oh yeah, POC will become a commonly used term for you). This only applies when inverted, not upright, and is important for Levels 2 and 3.

Finally, maybe you're ready to jump in with the big dogs! Levels 4 and 5 are the Pre-Professional and Professional Qualifier divisions. Just about anything goes! (Except for hanging from the rigs, jumping pole to pole, or off of the stage. So, calm yourself).

Okay, that was a lot of info. PHEW!
Do you have more questions? I bet you do!
Do you need help deciding your level, category, song, or choreography?
Need help editing your music to fit into those little allotted timestamps?

Oakland Pole & Dance has Angel Marie, our very own PSO Unicorn to help guide you through! Send her an email at sarahangel@funkmode.com or send her in Instagram handle @vertical_angel.

Competition is an incredible way to push yourself, document your pole progress, give structure to your creativity and get some AWESOME PHOTOS! There is nothing more rewarding than challenging yourself and measuring up beyond your expectations.

You ready? Let's do this!

Angel Marie  on stage at Pole Sport Organization Competition.

Angel Marie on stage at Pole Sport Organization Competition.