US Pole Dance Competition at Symphony Space

  Last modified on November 19th, 2021

The US Pole Dance Competition will be happening on April 12th and 13th at Symphony Space! What was once considered a shady evening attraction has become a mainstream sport. Both men and women will be competing for various cash prizes, and the event will be divided into three skill levels: novice, amateur and professional.

The competition will feature the best pole dancers in the country. And this includes lots of regular folks with day jobs who took an early interest in the rapidly growing sport.


The US Pole Dance Federation first launched in 2008. Since then, they’ve really brought pole-dancing it into the mainstream. Jennifer Lopez has been practicing her pole game for an upcoming movie role in Hustlers. And while she is playing the role of a stripper, she’s gained a new found respect for pole dancing.

The USPDF hand selects competitors who submit their videos. They score applicants based on their technique, style and flexibility. So I wouldn’t expect to see anyone falling off the pole.

The organization had their first championship in 2009, and the sport has continued to grow in popularity since then.

“The USPDF is the leading organization in the country to promote pole dancing as a serious athletic art form as well as a competitive sport. Pole dancing formerly was associated primarily with gentleman’s clubs. The USPDF has led the way in helping eradicate that stereotype through education and inspiration. We showcase pole dancing in a very positive manner and focus on safety, technique and the encouragement of physical strength and artistic expression.” – USPDF Founder and President Wendy Traskos

Here’s a clip from 2018’s championship.

The competition will take place at Symphony Space’s Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street.

Tickets can be purchased at

Featured images courtesy of USPDF.

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