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PSO Categories...Which One is the One for You?

PSO Categories...Which One is the One for You?

With so many categories to choose, you are bound to find one that embodies the story you want to tell, character you want to portray, or your latest personal challenge. Take a look at the descriptions and the example videos to help you narrow down your choice. You can also check out our interactive quiz to assist you in your decision.

 

CATEGORIES

Category availability varies by competition.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP: This category is for those dancers wishing to compete with a traditional technical competitive program. The focus will be equally on the dancer’s technique, artistry and routine difficulty. Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Judging is based on the Technical system. EXAMPLE

 

DOUBLES/GROUPS: This category is open to doubles and groups of 6 people or less. Doubles and groups can be of the same gender or a mix. Judging is based on the Technical system. There are no Levels. EXAMPLE

 

DRAMATIC: This category is focused less on the difficulty of the tricks executed and more on the dancer’s ability to present a serious, emotional artistic interpretation of a piece of music.  Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Judging is based on the Artistic system. EXAMPLE

 

ENTERTAINMENT:  This category is focused less on the difficulty of the tricks executed and more on the dancer’s ability to interpret a piece of music to provide a comical or upbeat performance.  Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Judging is based on the Artistic system. EXAMPLE

 

EXOTIC: This category celebrates sensual movement and concepts. Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Slink, slide, body wave, and hip roll! Heels welcome but not required. Judging is based on the Artistic system. EXAMPLE


FLOORWORK & LOW FLOW: This category explores dance around the pole and on the floor, without the aerial element. The dancer can be sensual or sexy, contemporary and lyrical, or some mix of many styles. Dancers may not go higher on the pole than their hands reaching over their head. Level 1, 2/3, and 4/5. Judging is based on the Technical system. EXAMPLE

 

FREEDANCE: This category is a freestyle dance category. PSO will select the music track. Maximum time limit is 3:10. Levels 1, 2/3, and 4/5. Judging is based on the Artistic system. 

 

SHOWCASE: This category is a performance (non-competitive) for solos, doubles and groups. No scoring nor feedback from judges will be given. EXAMPLE

 

 SHOWCASE PLUS: This category is for the dancer who wishes to get feedback about their piece of work, but does not want to compete with others. May be for solos, doubles, or groups. Written comments are given by the judges, but no numerical scores or placements are given. EXAMPLE

 

PSO AFTER DARK CATEGORIES

These categories are only available at After Dark events.

 

SHADOWBANNED: Is your style getting you shadowbanned on Instagram? Bring it here. The only rule is the nastier the better. Get dirty with it on the pole and be classy or trashy, we’ll take it all. Judging is based on the Artistic system. EXAMPLE

 

ALL FLOOR ALL DAY: No pole allowed in this all floor category. Slink, hump, or roll your way across the stage. Levels 1, 2/3, and 4/5. Judging is based on the Artistic system. EXAMPLE

 

RX: Russian Exotic - just what the doctor ordered. Work the base with choreographed hits, tricks, and heel work. If you’re a technique driven diva, this might be the right place for you. Judging is based on the Artistic system. EXAMPLE

DTF (DOWN TO FLOW): This category is slow flow, hypnotic waves, or maybe a salute to pole dancing’s roots, old school style. We’re looking for movement that melts like butter, drips like honey, and flows like lava. Judging is based on the Artistic system. EXAMPLE