Pole/Burlesque Competition, True Entertainment


Burlesque Dancers tend to emphasize style and are sexy rather than sexual. A typical burlesque act usually includes striptease, expensive or garish costumes, and bawdy humor, and may incorporate elements of cabaret, circus skills, aerial silk, and more; sensuality, performance, and humor are kept in balance.

The history of Pole/Burlesque Dancing goes back to the 1920s and 1930's when Burlesque Dancers performed in the circus sideshows.  The Performers would use the tent poles in their performance, which was named Pole Dancing.  

Pole/Burlesque is the original pole dancing style which includes fancy costumes, theatrical performances, upbeat music while utilizing apparatuses such as chairs, pole, aerial hoops, aerial slicks, couches, and others.  Pole/Burlesque Dancers are Rock Stars, who should be performing on a Rock Concert stage including lights, sound, stage decor, LED walls, confetti cannons and much more,  

Below is a list of some of the most popular pole dancing and burlesque competitions across the county.  Pole/Burlesque is not an ESPN Sports Event, such as the pole competitions below, Pole/Burlesque is all about performing a unique stage performance providing the audience with a memorable entertainment experience. 

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Burlesque Competitions 2020


Showgirl Awakening

Showgirl Awaking 

Tuesday-Saturday, March 31-April 4, 2020 

Miss Burlesque Ireland Competition

Miss Burlesque Ireland Competition 

Miss Burlesque/ Mr Boylesque Ireland Application

3rd Annual Kansas City Nerdlesque Festival

3rd Annual Kansas City Nerdlesque Festival

The Festival will take place August 3-9 2020 at Just Off Broadway Theatre 3051 Central St. Kansas City, MO 64108. This is a very accessible venue with a floor level stage and two private disabled-friendly bathrooms in the green room. Each has a shower with a fold down seat. 

New Zealand Burlesque Festival

The New Zealand Burlesque Festival is a celebration of all things Burlesque, with 2 shows over three nights as well as workshops, photoshoots, exclusive events and more. It features both local and international performers and this year will include two incredible headliners. 

The 11th Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival

The Annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival is an international burlesque festival, known for crowning the top classic striptease dancer as the “Queen of Burlesque.” We assemble the most glamorous and eye-popping burlesque dancers in the world to perform over three nights in sultry New Orleans. Comic emcees, singers, and variety acts flesh out the shows to provide the most entertaining, classy, and risqué showcases you’ll ever see. Celebrate this classic form of adult entertainment that made Bourbon Street famous worldwide! 

Brooklyn Ed’s Burlesque Festival

Brooklyn Ed’s Burlesque Festival Calendar.


A brief listing of upcoming burlesque festivals and events of note in the US and Canada.

Note that I have tried to limit this listing to multi-day events. Please advise me of any needed corrections or additions.

Be sure to also check out the Burlesque Festival Information Google spreadsheet. Originally created by Ri RI SynCyr, it is now maintained by the BurlyCon team and continues to include a lot of information on the events listed.  Many thanks are due to Ri Ri for maintaining the spreadsheet for six long years!

Pole Dancing REality TV


Reality TV Show: POLE GIRLS

Reality TV Show:  Ukraine GOT Talent - Pole Dance 24

Jennifer Lopez Pole Dancing from the Movie "Hustlers"


Showgirls (1995) - A Kiss for Cristal Scene

The Movie Burlesque


Pole/Fitness Dancing Contests



THE INTERNATIONAL POLE CONVENTION, also commonly known as PoleCon, celebrates the diversity of the pole dance/pole fitness community. Come to learn, share and grow with people of all genders, all shapes, sizes, ages, ethnicities and fitness levels then stay for the community. #poleconisforeveryone

THE INTERNATIONAL POLE CONVENTION annual event showcases performances, a vendor hall, free movement-based workshops and seminars, and pay-for pole and non-pole workshops that moves to a new location every year. Read below for more information on how to participate and check out our extensive FAQs section.

The Vertitude Pole Competitions

The Vertitude is the premier aerial arts, pole fitness and dance studio in Los Angeles, CA. Led by a staff of certified instructors and champion athletes.
Our class offerings include:
Pole Dance/Fitness, Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop, Aerial Hammock, Exotic Movement, Dance, Flexibility Training, and Dance Exploration (Freedance) The Vertitude also offers Competitive Pole Training and Professional Pole Coaching, it is one of the designated Competition Pole Training Centers in the Pacific region. 


US Pole Dance Federation (USPDF) was founded in the beginning of 2008 and is the first organization in the US to host professional pole dancing competitions based on a fair judging format.  USPDF considers pole dancing a sensual athletic dance form that demands coordination, flexibility, fluidity, creativity, individual style, and physical strength.  

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Kelly's PoleSportOrg SouthEast 2019 Pole Dance Competition

Kelly's PoleSportOrg SouthEast 2019 Pole Dance Competition. 

The official Kelly's Aerial Arts & Fitness 2019 Pole & Aerial Competition Team will take off to Orlando and put everything they've got on stage for Pole Sport Organization's SouthEast Pole Championships. This is a multi level competition and ALL are welcome to join our team and choose their own level. Contact Kelly directly if you would like to know more about joining the team! (
Please come out and support your Key West local athletes & artists as they perform live on stage! 


Aerial athletes to square off at Pole Fitness Championship

Aerial athletes to square off at Pole Fitness Championship. 

Aerial all-stars will compete in a winner-takes-all showdown around 12-foot polished chrome during the Florida Pole Fitness Championship this Saturday in Orlando.

"This will open your mind to the possibilities of what the human body is capable of doing," said producer Allison Sipes.

Allure Pole Dance Competition

Allure Pole Dance Competition is a “club” for EVERY-body. Our beautiful facility is like no other, you will feel an immediate connection upon your arrival. Our modern décor will dazzle you and our staff will astound you! Our promise is to provide you with a fitness, beauty & wellness experience like none other! 

Florida Pole Fitness Championship

The Florida Pole Fitness Championship is the longest running (EST. 2012), most elite pole fitness competition in Florida.

Join us for the 8th Annual Championships on Saturday, July 20th at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

Back by popular demand, this year we are offering our aerial silks and Lyra categories!

Athletes ages youth and up will be competing for titles and prizes in the Novice, Junior, Semi-Pro and Professional Divisions.

The Pole Expo

Pole Expo is the worlds’ largest gathering of fitness enthusiasts who are passionate about pole dancing and aerial arts.  At Pole Expo you will meet all your pole idols and love watching the Pole Classic Competition and Pole Star Showcase, plus the incredible Pole-A-Palooza Competition. Pole Expo is a must experience!