[Derby Telegraph]

A Derby entertainer is hoping to climb the greasy pole to success by twirling her way to an international pole-dancing title.

Yvette Terry, who performs under the name Yvette Dusol, has won first place in the Miss Pole Dance UK competition – only two years after starting the discipline.

The award was a shock to Yvette as it was only the second competition the 31-year-old had ever entered and she will now go on to represent the Great Britain in Beijing next April.

Yvette, 31, who lives in Allestree and is a professional contortionist and aerial performer, scooped the prize at the Hawth Theatre, Crawley.

“It was a really great day. Everyone was so nice and it was really enjoyable.

“I felt that my routine went well and I was really pleased to find out that I had won.

“I am a bit of a perfectionist so there were things that could have been better but they aren’t necessarily things that other people might notice.”

For Yvette, performing was not a new experience but being judged was something that made her slightly nervous.

She said: “I was nervous before I went on because there was a panel of judges all looking at what you are doing – which is not how I usually perform– but once I was on stage I was fine.”

Yvette grew up in Derby and attended Allestree Woodlands School.

She went to gymnastics classes in Alfreton where she learned some of her skills, as well as from her parents, who were also contortionists.

“My mum and dad, Jan and Frank Terry, both used to perform as the Duo Dusol before giving up to move into teaching.

“When I left school I started performing myself and now I travel all over the world.

“Sometimes I will work with my sister, Delia, but other times I will just be put with whoever else is there. I have now worked the pole dancing into my routines as well.”

And Yvette is keen that others give pole dancing a go for its health benefits as well as potential for employment.

“Pole dancing is fantastic for fitness and there are actually a lot of doors that it can open.

“It is totally different to how it was viewed and I would say everyone should give it a go.”