Pole Art Category: 10 Essential Tips for Competitors by Vladimir Karachunov

Pole Art Category: 10 Essential Tips by Vladimir Karachunov

In the world of pole dancing, Vladimir Karachunov, an experienced judge and performer, shares his 10 invaluable tips for those who compete in the Pole Art category. These tips will help you enhance your performance and leave a lasting impression on the stage.

Hello to all pole and stage rockers. Here are my 10 tips for those who compete in the Pole Art category. I wrote this text as a spectator and a judge, and of course, my opinion can differ from yours.

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Some tips are suitable for other Pole categories as well and this is good, here we go:

  1. Confidence is Your Friend: That doesn’t mean that you should have a sassy face when you appear on stage. It means that all your moves should reflect confidence and show that everything is under control. It is really noticeable when the part “Ohh, I forgot what to do here” appears. Improvise more to be able to control unpredicted situations.
  2. Prioritize Clean Tricks Over Trendy but Sloppy Ones: When are you going to perform? Half of the year? A couple of months? Two weeks?????!!!! If you are not experienced in the beauty-creation-in-two-days process soooooo… remove all the tricks you have problems with. The deadlift from the fourth take on the stage doesn’t look attractive. Everyone started to check their Instagram feed after the second try. 
  3.  Avoid Overloading Your Performance: Let the audience know where is the special trick. Don’t try to shoot all hard and crazy stuff constantly.
  4.  Make a Strong First Impression
  5. Minimize Unnecessary Pantomime: I always raise my eyebrow when I see shooting from a trigger finger pistol which appeared from somewhere out of shorts.
  6. Understand the What, How, and Why of Your Performance
  7. The cooler track you have, the fewer rights you have to move monotonously: If you can turn your music off and turn on a different one and it doesn’t affect your performance, I have bad news for you.
  8. The more impressive your look is, the more temper I would like to see.
  9. Show it to me, and work on details. Don’t be a mannequin: Try to attach your moves to music when you are not on the floor also.
  10. Play with it: Stop just waiting for the final boooooooom only.
  11. Enjoy the Stage and Have Fun!


Remember, competing in the Pole Art category is not just about executing tricks but also about showcasing your artistry and confidence. By incorporating these tips into your routine, you can elevate your performance to new heights and truly enjoy the stage.

We invite you to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below. Let us know how these tips have helped you in the Pole Art category or if you have any additional insights to share

About the author

Vladimir Karachunov

Acrobat / Pole tricker / Performer

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