What is PoleCon?
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.
PoleCon: Intensive is an event featuring 4-hour intensive workshops, food and an epic gift bag! There are no Intensive events currently scheduled.
Virtual PoleCon is October 16, 2021. Click here to book your ticket!
Next In-Person PoleCon: Information coming soon.
What were previous PoleCons like?
- August 2021 WGNO New Orleans: Pole Dancers ‘invade’ New Orleans for International Pole Convention
- Sept 2020: Interview with Elegant Jacqueline
- Sept 2020: Interview with Blogger on Pole
- Sept 2020: Podcast with The Aerial Hour
- March 2020: Podcast with Scribble Talk
- 2019: Interview with Polepedia
- PoleCon 2019 Highlights from Polepedia
- PoleCon 2019 Community Over Competition, Pony Poison Blog
- PoleCon 2019, the Denver Channel
- PoleCon 2018: A Weekend of Superheroes Bad Kitty Blog
- 2017: Interview with Vertical Activewear
- PoleCon 2017: Family Reunion Y’all! Bad Kitty Blog
- A Texas-sized PoleCon! Bad Kitty Blog
- FORT WORTH –The International Pole Dancing Convention is coming to Fort Worth in June 2016. The Star-Telegram
- Pole-dancing convention wraps its legs around Fort Worth The Dallas Morning News
- There is a Pole Dancing Convention Coming to DFW in June KLUV Station
- Polecon – a pole dancing convention – coming to Fort Worth Fort Worth Business
- A Most Unusual Event is Coming to Fort Worth Fort Worth Business
- At New Orleans pole dancing convention, organziers ‘would like the public to see that there are lots and lots of options’ The New Orleans Advocate
- Pole Dancing Convention Slides into New Orleans ABC 8 WLOX
- Pole dancing a fitness fad for people of all ‘walks of life, shapes, sizes and fitness levels’ The New Orleans Advocate
- PoleCon… Epic! United Pole Artists
- Pole Sports Championship comes to New Orleans The Times-Picayune
- International Pole Convention a Hit! Pole Championship Series Blog
- PoleCon 2015 Review Bad Kitty Blog
- PoleCon’s Return to Pole Industry United Pole Artists
How do I... ? Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about PoleCon
1. What is included in my ticket?
Opening night reception + showcase on Thursday; free non-pole workshops, seminars, performances and access to the exhibit hall all day Friday and Saturday with lunch included; more free workshops, seminars, performances and access to the exhibit hall until noon on Sunday with breakfast included (please note, breakfast is ONLY on Sunday). All payments are securely processed. Single day entry passes also available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Sunday is at a discounted day rate as it is a shortened day).
Paid workshops (that cost an additional fee) are separate from your event ticket and are clearly marked on the schedule. Free workshops/seminars (as marked) are free/included with your pass. Day passes are only good for the day assigned. Please only purchase pay-for workshops on the day you have a day pass otherwise you will be asked to pay the difference for a weekend pass in person.
We do have a payment plan for the Weekend Pass. Choose “Payment Plan” under Contract Options.
2. Can anyone perform?
Yes! The International Pole Convention celebrates the diverse pole community.
Applications are closed for 2021 events.PoleCon Organized Showcases include: Artistic/Contemporary, Pole Masters (40+), Pole Comedy, Men of Pole, Sexy, Lyra/Aerial, PowerFlow, Troupes & Groups, Up & Coming Stars, Youth (under 18), Para Pole (for polers who are differently abled), Low Flow, Experimental and Creepy. Other groups such as Dangerous Curves and Black Girls Pole may run other showcases during PoleCon. Apply for those showcases using the form above.
3. How do I sign up for workshops?
4. Where is PoleCon held?
5. Do I need to buy a pass to take workshops?
6. Who conducts paid workshops?
Previous and current workshop leaders include:
123Poling • AccroBrandon • Alessandra Marchetti • Amanda Rose • Amber Wolf • Amy Hazel • Apollo Sa’Deek • Ashley Fox • Becca Buck • Carlos Franca • Cleo the Hurricane • Crystal Belcher • Dakota Fox • Deb Roach • Derick Pierson • elevatED • FabPole • Head Over Heels • Heidi Coker • Irmingard Mayer • Isis Diamond • Jamilla Deville • Jax Spencer • Jeni Janover • Jonathan Nosan • Josiah “BadAzz” Grant • Juic3 • Karol Helms • Kelly Yvonne • Kenneth Kao • Kilo Kitty • Kristy Sellars • Liquid Motion • Lisette Krol • Lux ATL • Maggie Ann • Marlo Fisken • Micah Walters • Michelle Mynx • Michelle Natoli • Michula • Mone’t Ha-Sidi • Nadia Sharif • Natasha Wang • Nicole the Pole • Oliver Pavick • Pantera Blacksmith • Philip Deal • Phoenix Kazree • PoleMoves • Rafeala Montanaro • Roz the Diva • Samantha Star • Sarah Jade • Sasja Lee • Seanmichael Rau • Shaina Cruea • Suwasit • Tracee Kafer • Terri Fierce • WorkIt Fitness • Vertical Joes/Torwa Joe
How do you become a paid workshop leader at PoleCon? Start here!
Applications to apply to teach are closed.
7. Should I buy a booth for my business?
8. Can I volunteer at PoleCon?
General info: Volunteer spaces may be available and include the following duties: pole cleaning during performances, checking in attendees to paid workshop rooms, set-up, clean-up, assisting with registration/information desk and other general duties as assigned.
9. Can anyone conduct a free workshop/seminar?
We are seeking experts in the pole, fitness, nutrition and general business to lead free non-pole workshop classes and seminars on topics of interest to our attendees. Topics may include: how to build highly functioning teams, how to correctly spot athletes of all sizes and abilities, injury prevention, social media for studio owners.
Applications to apply to teach are closed.
10. Who should come to PoleCon?
All genders, all ages and fitness levels are welcome.
If you are under 18 you must have a parent/guardian present who also has a valid Weekend Pass to enter the Exhibitor/Performance area in our Main Hall and to participate in any workshops (free or paid). Parent/guardian does not need to purchase a pay-for workshop that the minor purchases however, they must be present while minor is in the workshop.
If you are press or a photographer please contact us ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Press” in the subject line.
Who else should go to PoleCon?
11. What is the refund policy?
No refunds on workshops or on Weekend Passes for ANY REASON WHATSOEVER.
A limited number of transfers/exchanges possible not less than one month before event (i.e., you can no longer go to PoleCon and want to transfer the ticket to a friend to whom you may do a private sale). Purchaser must show ticket or proof of purchase and ID at registration. A limited number of passes will be sold during the Convention.
12. What is the purpose of PoleCon?
The purpose of THE INTERNATIONAL POLE CONVENTION is to celebrate the diverse pole dance/pole fitness community through education and events. We take our commitment to diversity very seriously and are always striving to reflect every aspect of that community.
13. Is there a PoleCon in my country?
What's happening at PoleCon? Event Schedule: Showcases, Free and Pay-for Workshops
Our event schedule includes an all day exhibitor hall full of amazing products and services; pole and other aerial showcase performances; free movement-based workshops; free talks by pole, fitness and nutrition experts; and paid pole and non-pole workshops (marked as paid). Network with the pole community during lunch—included in your admission to PoleCon—Friday and Saturday and breakfast Sunday only.
How do I sell my product or service at PoleCon? Exhibitor/Vendor Information
Interested in showcasing your product or service by exhibiting at THE INTERNATIONAL POLE CONVENTION event?
Email email@example.com for more info and/or contact us for sponsor levels and advertising options.
Typical information is below. Live event info for 2022 is not yet available. All inside booths are 10ftx10ft include BLACK pipe/drape (full “wall” to the back and half “wall” of drape to the sides), 1 table, 2 chairs, a wastebasket, 2 Weekend Passes to PoleCon (additional passes for booth staff available at 50% off regular price) + the ability to put swag or other items in our gift bags ($100 value). *no gift bags for PoleCon 2021. Online advertising instead. Contact us for more info.
Inside Booths can be split by up to three companies. Wifi is included. Electric is not. Questions? — Ask us!
Exhibitors must provide a certificate of insurance for commercial liability insurance listing PoleCon as an additional insured. Don’t have insurance? Our insurance company offers a weekend policy you can buy so that you are compliant with this request.
**Please note: While we don’t offer refunds, you can absolutely transfer your booth to someone else through a private sale or other exchange. Just let us know who you’ve “sold” your booth to so we can update our files. **
Past and present exhibitors can be included in our Exhibitor Directory for free!
Thank you Colleen Jolly for a fabulous convention! Very well organized – the food was amazing – so nice to see all the showcases – meet new friends and see old ones too! My first time as a vendor! Great convention!
“We had a great time at the event and look forward to next year!! I have been vending at events since 2008, and you and your team went far above and beyond what I have experienced elsewhere! The food setup was definitely a welcomed surprise. Your announcers/hosts were fabulous.”
“Thank you for working so hard to make this weekend happen. It was a well organized event and I am happy to have been a part of it… you are a brilliant woman and I am looking forward to working with you again.”
“Thanks for an amazing PoleCon 2016! Everything was so well organized. Sarah Murray and I had a wonderful time sharing information about Pole for a Purpose. Looking forward to 2017 already.”
“Thank you, it was an awesome event!! I don’t think you understand how excited I am about Atlanta!!! “
“As a vendor the event was very organized, food was great & the staff was Always Available to help! I didn’t have a chance to do any of the work shops but heard great review from clients that were at my booth. I do show all over & would invite more vendors to try your show if the are trying to grow there business & meet awesome ppl!!! Always a fun show Colleen, thank you so much for all you do for the Pole Community!!!!”
How do I sponsor PoleCon? Event Sponsorship Information
Our sponsors represent the best products and services in pole, fitness, nutrition and wellness. Click on their logos to learn more. Interested in becoming a sponsor to promote your business? Contact us for sponsor levels and advertising options.
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Where is the next PoleCon? Find out soon!
Venue Information is not yet available for 2022 event.