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Poles apart Poledancer tipped to win The Big Deal show says her routine isn't like stripping

I never stripped, or lapdanced. I was always really into the sport side of pole. I’m not criticising lapdancers, it wasn’t for me and whatever people do with their lives that’s up to them.”

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Lisette performs

Lisette performs

Lisette performs

A poledancer who is favourite to win the €50,000 first prize in tonight’s Big Deal show insists her routines are classier than what the public are familiar with from lapdance clubs.

We can’t deny that poledancing has a downside as well,” admits gorgeous Lisette Krol. “We all known that it’s can be to do with strippers, but then there’s another side to it where’s it’s a lot more sport and artistic.

“I never stripped, or lapdanced. I was always really into the sport side of pole. I’m not criticising lapdancers, it wasn’t for me and whatever people do with their lives that’s up to them.”

Lisette moved to Ireland 16 years ago from Venezuela and is now engaged to hunky Meath man Neil MacSweeney.

“It’s great that this is my home after so many years,” Lisette tells the Sunday World. “ It’s great to become part of a country I have been in for so many years and I really appreciate it’s my home.

“My fiancé is Irish, my dog is Irish, my business is Irish,my house is Irish so its great to have that as well.”

Lisette (35) first met Neil (37), who is a Department of Justice employee from Trim, when he walked into her studio in East Wall in Dublin and where she teaches pole dancing and ariel hoop moves .

“He is really into gym and he does Iron Mans and he has always been into sport,” she explains.

“He joined my flexibility class because he wanted to improve his mobility. We started dating, we are together five years and are engaged and have bought a house.

“He has tried pole dancing, but he has an Iron Man in three weeks. I don’t even know how he even has time for me sometimes, between work and training – he’s amazing, we would definitely love to have a family some day.”

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Lisette Krol of Tribe Fitness Dance Studio in Collins Barracks to announce the Culture Night/Oíche Chultúir events that take place on September 17

Lisette Krol of Tribe Fitness Dance Studio in Collins Barracks to announce the Culture Night/Oíche Chultúir events that take place on September 17

Lisette Krol of Tribe Fitness Dance Studio in Collins Barracks to announce the Culture Night/Oíche Chultúir events that take place on September 17

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Lisette loves giving classes.

“I have 600 people doing classes with me in various sessions,” she reveals. “One room is a pole room and the other is an aerial hoop room, two things I love doing.

“We have kids from the age of five to 64. We want people to feel welcome, especially women, to feel safe and comfortable with their bodies.

“It’s mostly women who do it and they’re attracted to the pole. They like to feel sexy and we also work out very differently to guys. It’s so nice to go to a place where there’s other girls and they can have a good time.

“We are not a lapdancing club, you learn pull-ups, tricks, dancing with a pole. We have sexy classes where you wear heels, we have ones where you have bare feet.”

Lisette only learned the art of poledancing when she moved to Ireland.

“I had learned acrobatics in Venezuela, and I was also doing a lot of swimming,” she recalls. “ I worked on my flexibility.

“I started pole dancing in Ireland. I am three times world champion with another girl, she used to own her own studio and taught me we decided to compete together. I also won as a soloist.”

Lisette came to Ireland after the economy in Venezuela collapsed – her mother is from that country while her late father was German.

“When I was 20 I came to Ireland when I was around that age, but when I was living in Venezuela I got robbed a few times, it happens quite regularly there unfortunately,” she complains.

“My job in Venezuela was really good. I was doing a lot of acting and performances, until the country got dangerous and a lot of people left. The economy also collapsed.

“You really need to be careful going there. My mom and a few of my friends and family still live there. Everyone else is very close, my sisters and brother live in Spain and Holland

“I wouldn’t say we were rich, we were middle class. My dad lost a lot of his company and my family struggled.”

Some of her brothers moved to Ireland, where her dad worked in the IT section of Carroll’s souvenirs.

“My mom started thinking about her kids and she sent all of us to Ireland, as my dad used to work here,” she recollects. “To be honest I didn’t really like Ireland for the first two weeks. I thought it was stunning but it was always raining, and for me I had never owned a jacket before so you can imagine how I felt

“Then I started doing kayaking. I used live in Celbridge. I got to see the most amazing rivers. I went to Cork and Kerry and fell in love with how beautiful the country was and also the people. I also fell in love.”

She adds: “I haven’t seen my mum in three years. I haven’t been home in five or six years. It’s very dangerous to go there, it’s getting better though.”

Lisette is happy that she can now do classes again and even got to go to Greece this week for an international workshop she co-hosted there.

“I’m teaching pole because I’m an instructor and I’m a former world champion,” she notes. “I usually do camps, pole camps, for people from around the world. We teach people fun things like handstands and flexibility. So, it’s me and a guy from Russia doing workshops.”

She is also thrilled to have made the final tonight.

“I was teaching lots of Zoom classes from my living room and then I got a call to tell me I was in this amazing show in the 3 Arena, and the fact I’m in the final is amazing,” she exclaims.

“I was thrilled to hear Boy George was in it, because he is such a legend and I’m also very connected to the gay scene.”

The Big Deal final airs tonight on Virgin Media One 7pm

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