❤️ Pole Grading FAQ

July 2018


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“Do I need to submit a list of my 10 moves for my grading?

Yes, assessors can’t always guess which move you are trying to do so either e-mail your list of 10 moves when you submit your grading, write them down for your instructor or overlay some text to your grading video to make it clear which moves you are executing.

Can I submit my grading on a sleeved/Chinese Pole?

No, we do ask that all PDC gradings are performed on a metal pole as the sleeved poles give too much grip advantage.

Can I submit my grading on a spinning pole or must I use static?

If you are doing any spins in your isolated moves section of the grading then these must be performed on a static pole so an assessor can judge your ability to create momentum. If you are just executing tricks then these can be performed on a spinning pole. For your routine you can choose either static or spinning functions for your pole.

Can I use 2 poles for the routine section of the grading?

Yes, you can use as many poles as you like! You may want to show that you can perform well on both spinning and static pole. Your routine is your chance to show your creativity so you can even use props. Be a creative as you like!

What if I submit a grading using an older version of the syllabus will it matter that some of my moves are in different levels to the current syllabus?

Yes! You must use the most up to date version of the syllabus for your grading submission. If you submit moves from the wrong levels of the syllabus you will score zero points for these moves.

Will I fail if I include a move from the wrong level of the syllabus?

Not necessarily. You may score enough points to pass your grading despite the error. Please note that any moves from the wrong levels of the syllabus submitted within your isolated moves section will score zero points.

Will I be scored for an incorrect move?

No, if for example if you submit a level 4 grading and one of your moves is actually a level 3 move then that move will be scored at zero point.

Should I copy the PDC syllabus videos exactly?

No. Not all of the PDC syllabus videos show perfect technique or execution. The syllabus videos merely help us identify a move by its name and level of difficulty. See the answer to the next question also.

Do I have to get in and out of each move in the same way as shown in the PDC syllabus videos?

No, please use your own creativity especially for the routine element. The syllabus vids merely help us identify a move by its name and level of difficulty.  It is up to you how you choose to get in and out of each move. You are marked on entrance and exit so to get a high score you should move fluidly and effortlessly in and out of each move. You should also hold any isolated trick for about 3 seconds. For spins we are looking for them to create good momentum. Check for soft landings and strong, controlled lifts.

Does it matter how I place my hands/legs/feet?

We are looking for perfect lines and form so the move doesn’t have to be the same as the syllabus videos but it does need to show excellent form throughout the body, we judge you on everything including toe point, hand alignment, leg alignment, extension through the back etc. Can you extend more, can you make the move look even prettier.

If I fail my grading will I have to pay again?

Usually yes but not in all cases. We do tend to judge each re-grade/grading failure on its own merit. Please see examples below:

Example 1 – If you submit a grading at say level 5, any move submitted that is not on level 5 of the current syllabus is marked as a zero. if as a resultof this you fail the grading you can submit a new video of a new move to replace the incorrect one and you would have to submit a new video routine. if only one move was incorrect we would charge you just £5 for reassessment.

Example 2 – If you got lots of moves on the wrong levels then you would have to pay the full £15 fee to submit a new grading.

Example 3 –  An assessor recently graded a level 5 video and failed the grading as the cool down was only 40 seconds long, it turned out that the video had been cropped when uploaded to dropbox, the lady concerned was able to send me the missing bit of the video and as there was no extra time involved for the assessor she simply checked the cool down and resent her results. The lady in question passed the exam with the cool down element added.

N.B. As we have to pay grading assessors for their work and as there is admin involved we do not refund grading submission fees. Also first time gradings are actually free as part of the AAP membership so they would only pay for any regrading costs.

Do I need to use the PDC Core moves names when submitting my assessment or can I use the names I use at my local school?

We do ask you to use the primary names and not the AKA’s to save assessors having to search for AKA’s when assessing a move.”

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❤️ Third Annual Showcase Success

Oct 2017

3rd Showcase Success!


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“On Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September, Stages Pole Fitness (SPF) opened its doors for its third annual showcase and awards evening, they decided once again to run the showcase for two nights, and invited over 140 guests to watch.”

Stage Pole Fitness Pole Showcase“For SPF, the award ceremony after the annual showcase is the perfect opportunity to highlight and recognise the dedication and achievements of the students throughout the previous year, and for them to show all their friends and family how much their hard work is valued. The award categories included: Best Attendance, Most Determined, Best Attitude, Great Achievement, Best Pole Kiss and Best Pole Photo-Bomb.”

“There was a raffle on both evenings with prizes donated by the students. Both audiences were amazingly generous and raised £210 for our chosen charity Starlight.  “This money will go a long way towards brightening the lives of children with terminal illnesses – we can’t thank everyone enough for getting involved – and we really hope they enjoyed their prizes too!

Stage Pole Fitness Group Showcase


I am so very proud of all my wonderful performers, they were totally professional & gave it their all in every piece to put on a fantastic show for two pretty big audiences!! I don’t think they realise that they inspire me to continue teaching. They are truly some of the most thoughtful & genuine people I’ve ever met – I love them all dearly & it is an absolute pleasure to be among such amazing & dedicated students every week. My pole family are the BEST!!! Alex” 💋

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❤️ Online Grading Assessors

Nov 2017

Alex joined The Pole Dance Community UK’s Online Grading Assessors


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PDC Approved 3 star pole dancing instructor Alex Copley:

I once saw a photo of someone on a pole and thought “Wow! I need to try that!”

Alex Copley Online Grading AssessorI went to my first pole class back in 2009, fell in love straight away and it’s been a huge part of my life ever since! I went to University in 2010, became a qualified instructor and co-founded the University of Essex Pole Club in the following year.  When I finished University, I started my own school back in Romford, Essex – ‘Stages Pole Fitness’ and this has been growing year on year. This year we celebrated our 4th anniversary at our Annual Showcase & Awards Event, I now have a team of 6 instructors and a fabulous bunch of students – my pole family, who I love dearly and am prouder of than I can say.

The things I love most about pole are that it is for everyone and has such an incredibly supportive community. It gives you the freedom to express yourself, develop yourself and find genuine friends who you would entrust your life to (literally, if they’re spotting you!). I love teaching because, in my mind, there is no better feeling than seeing someone achieve their goals, overcome their fears, grow in strength and develop their confidence and all through something you have taught them.

Being an assessor is also very rewarding as it allows you to physically give someone a reward for all the time and effort they have put in – I was ecstatic to be chosen as an online assessor as it meant extending the privilege of grading to poler’s from all over the World.

Huge Pole Love! Alex 💋

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