The Pole Factor is an annual competition held in Cape Town, hosted by The Pole Project. From its inauguration in 2015 until 2019, it celebrates the athleticism and artistry of pole dance with showcases from three different styles of the discipline:

  • Pole Artiste – the artistic side of pole; expression, interpretation and movement.
  • Pole Provocateur – the exotic side of pole; sensual movement, exotic heels and feels.
  • Pole Duets – doubles on the pole; two dancers incorporating any of the two styles above.
  • PLUS we’ve added a new category this year: Pole Cubs – for our pole kids and teens, focussing on the artistic style of pole dance.

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID pandemic, this year’s competition will be held online… coming to your screens on 28th August 2021!

There will be Amateur, Advanced and Elite divisions for the solo categories, Amateur and Elite divisions for the Duets category, and Petite Cubs (6-12 years) and Teen Cubs (13-17 years) for the Cubs category.

Open to male and female, national and international contestants, The Pole Factor demands that competitors show-off their X-factor – that undefinable “je ne sais quoi” that makes for star quality.

We always have the most incredible support from our community of sponsors that assist in getting the event off the ground and providing awesome prizes for our daring winners!

Check out our gallery below of previous years’ contestants. See more on our 2016, 2017 and 2018 events. And follow our Facebook page for updates.

Are you a Pole Artiste, Pole Provocateur, Pole Duet or Pole Cub? And have you got that je ne sais quoi

Download The Pole Factor 2021 info pack here.

Click HERE for the entry form.

Key dates

23rd May 2021: Entry deadline – entry forms, video entries and payments to be submitted.

4th June 2021: Finalists will be announced.

14th August 2021: Finalists video submissions due.

28th August 2021: Live stream event.


Introducing our phenomenally kickass international judging panel for The Pole Factor 2021.

Alyona Amber (@alyonaamber), Kris Shten (@kris.shten), Lisette Krol(@lisettekrol), Natasha Wang (@polecricket ) and Yvonne Smink (@yvonnesmink).