SINGAPORE- The International Pole Championship 2013 was their first pole dancing competition.
But it did not end on a perfect note for Singapore duo Yva Au and Irene Ng, who were initially upset about not placing in the top three in the doubles category.
"I cried in the dressing room, thinking that we didn't do well on stage," said Ms Au, a 31-year-old computer engineering graduate.
"Later, I realised that it was good enough that we made it through to the finals. I don't think I will be too upset about it for too long."
Into its fifth year, the championship was judged by 15 experienced dancers from all over the world. The event was held last Saturday night at the National University of Singapore Centre for the Arts and it saw 27 international contestants vying for medals in five categories.
As the only Singapore team in the doubles category this year (a mixed category won by Australians Ruth Mansfield and Tiffany Downes), the two local pole dancers felt "out of place".
With two teams dropping out and just four couples left to compete against (two from the US and two from Australia), Ms Au and Miss Ng still felt outclassed.