ARTISTIC POLE – GAUTENG PROVINCIALS 2018
Artistic Pole is one of the newer competitive events added by the International Pole Sports Federation. Artistic Pole was first launched in July 2017 at the World Pole Sports Championships in Holland.
Artistic Pole ran alongside the Pole Sport Provincial events.
“Artistic Pole can be considered to be the softer more artistically inclined sibling of Pole Sports, encourages creativity and emboldens freedom of expression with more emphasis on artistic interpretation and is judged by the newly created Freestyle Pole Series Rules, which does not include a Code of Points, but relies more heavily on art, choreography and musicality”. IPSF 2017.
The IPSF Artistic system is broken down into four parts, namely Choreography, Degree of difficulty, Execution and Presentation. Performers were judged in all four sections. The final score is a combination of all 4 parts and the performer with the highest score chosen to be the winner. The minimum overall score a performer can be awarded is zero and the highest score is 100. Up to 40 points could be awarded for difficulty and execution, with up to 60 points awarded to performance.
Pole athletes of all levels and ages had the chance to perform for a small, friendly and supportive audience. All athletes taking part in the provincial were judged by IPSF certified judges. The judges were either be present at the event, or judge the routines by video after the event. Athletes received feedback on their performance, enabling them to develop their skills and to help them to prepare for larger scale competitions. All athletes received a medal and a certificate for their participation in Provincial events.
This event was a qualifier for the National Artistic Pole Competition to be held on the 5/6 May 2018.