Pole Dance Community AAP Gradings - FAQ's

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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.

PDC Approved 4 Star Pole Dancing Instructor Holly Munson.



Holly Munson Approved Pole Dancing InstructorHolly Munson is the principal instructor at Firefly Poles in Norwich, UK. Holly received her 2 references for her 4 star instructor application from PDC Approved Instructors Jane Cole (Pole Perfect Fitness) and Robyn Edwards (Unique Fitness).

Jane said "I wish to highly recommend Holly Munson of FireFly Poles to be a 4* PDC Instructor. I have met Holly a few times at Masterclasses hosted at my studios, Industry Conferences and more recently an Image Cella photoshoot again at my studios; where I have been impressed by her skills, attitude and work ethic. A truly lovely person inside and out Holly is an inspirational asset to the Pole Community. Committed to making the industry a safer and more educated environment I love her short videos and striving for better mindset."

PDC Pioneer Mary-Ellyn Weissman receives the 2016 Grading Assessor Award.



Mary Ellyn Weissman Pole Dance Grading AssessorPole dancing instructor Mary-Ellyn Weissman is one of three people to achieve this award for outstanding contribution to the pole dance grading system (AAP). The other 2 awards went to Karen Currie and Jane Cole.

Mary-Ellyn Weissman is the principal instructor and founder of Chicago Pole Dance based in Illinois, Chicago. Mary-Ellyn has been the main online grading assessor for the Pole Dance Community since we introduced the new syllabus in 2009 and the accompanying AAP Pole Dancers membership system.

PDC Approved 3 Star Pole Dancing Instructor Alex Copley is our latest Online Grading Assessor.


Alex Copley Pole Dance Grading Assessor
Pole Instructor Alex Copley is the principal instructor at Stages Pole Fitness in Romford, Essex, UK. Alex was our third successful applicant in our search for three new online pole dance grading assessors. Alex made the final three after submitting an excellent explanation of why she would make a great assessor and after submitting 2 test gradings with brilliant notes and showing good examples of standardized gradings.  We spoke to Alex to find out more about her and her passion for pole.

What do you feel the PDC pole dance gradings give to your students/school?

I feel it gives them something to work towards and a real achievement that others can recognise and appreciate, including their family and friends who might not know much about pole.

Stefania Roberto Achieves PDC Approved 4 Star Status.



Stefania Roberto Polercise TenerifeStefania Roberto is the principal instructor at Polercise Tenerife.  Stefania started pole dancing when she was 16 and has racked up an impressive pole CV since then. Stefania received her 2 references towards her 4 star application from PDC Approved Pole Dancing Instructors Nia Pearce and Michelle Birks.

Nia Pearce said "Stefi has displayed Four Star Instructor qualities from day one. She has continually pushed the boundaries and views of pole in Tenerife and is actively involved within the pole community offering online advice. She has been helpful, honest and encouraging in her support to both students and fellow instructors for many, many years.

Level 3 & 4 Pole Dance Grading Success at Polelatis in Bridport.



Polelatis Graded pole dance student Biddy
PDC Approved 4 star pole dancing instructor Ally Franklin is the principal instructor at Polelatis in Bridport, UK.

Ally successfully graded 6 of her pole dance students at level 3 and 1 at level 4 using the advancement and accreditation programme. All of the students not only passed but achieved merit and distinction scores.

Congratulations to Ally for guiding her pole students through the grading process.

Babette Savage pictured left.

University of Plymouth Pole Dancing Club receives PDC Approved Club Status.



University Plymouth Pole Dancing club PerformersPlymouth are the second university* to receive approved sports club status. This means that all of their instructors are PDC Approved and they comply with the PDC code of conduct.

Often university pole societies and clubs do not have suitably qualified instructors and too often we see large numbers of students per pole.

The University of Plymouth Pole dancing Club (UPPDC) was originally formed as a society in 2006 before receving sports club status in 2007. 

PDC Approved 4 star pole dancing instructor Jane Cole receives The 2016 Grading Assessor Award.



Jane Cole Pole Dance Community Grading Assessor
Jane Cole is one of three people to achieve this award for outstanding contribution to the pole dance grading system (AAP). The other 2 awards went to Mary Ellyn Weissman and Karen Currie.

Between these three awesome ladies they have graded several hundred pole dancers contributing towards the fact that last month (April 2016) we saw the 1000th graded pole dancer get assessed which is pretty impressive. Congratulations again to Jane and well done to all her awesome polers who have made the grade.

Find out more about our award wining grading assessor Jane Cole and her pole journey:

What do you feel the PDC pole dance gradings give to your students/school?

Our 1000th Graded Pole Dancer - PDC Approved 3 star pole dancing instructor April Krijger.


April Krijger Pole Dance GradingIn 2010 the Pole Dance Community introudced the Advancement and Accreditation Programme (AAP) to help both pole dancers and pole dancing instructors to follow a clear pathway for development. Last month we recorded our 100th graded dancer.

April Krijger is a PDC Approved 3 star pole dancing instructor who runs Pole FX in New Plymouth, New Zealand. We sent April a special award for being our 1000th graded pole dancer and we asked her a few questions about her pole journey and her grading experience.

What made you decide to do the PDC grading?

Edinburgh Pole Dancing Society Gains PDC Approval


PDC Approved Pole Dance University SocietyCongratulations to Edinburgh Pole Dancing Society who are our first official approved university pole society. To gain approval the university club/society must have all of its instructors registered with the PDC.

EPDS currently has 3 pole instructors who are all approved with 3 star status. The instructors are Abi Diack, Adelina Rakhimova and Maria Goncheva.

Edinburgh Pole Dancing Society was first established in 2010Íž

The United Kingdom Professional Pole Championships.

PROFESSIONAL - ETHICAL - ARTISTIC - ATHLETIC

United Kingdom Professional Pole Championships Charlotte RobertsonThe UK Professional Pole Championships is the first competition in the UK to give professional pole athletes and dancers the opportunity to compete against their peers through our three professional categories; Instructor, Professional, and Elite.

Elite 2015 winner Charlotte Holstead pictured left.

UKPPC aims to be a fair, ethical, professional, and transparent competition that recognises the athleticism and artistry of pole dance on a national stage.

The UK Professional Pole Championships (UKPPC) is the UK's biggest competition for professional pole athletes.  The UKPPC was established by Varie Anderson of Hidden Talent International, and Kate Edwards of Spin City Aerial Fitness, with the aim of setting a new standard in UK pole competitions. The UKPPC continues to be run through Hidden Talent International.

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