By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans
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Videographer / director: Brian Gaadt
Producer: Hannah Stevens, James Thorne
Editor: Beth Angus
Jake Night and Lindsey Teall had both performed as exotic dancers when they met and fell in love, but they had no idea that they would pass on their talents to their three children, aged ten, five and three.
With a pole set up in the living room, the close-knit family can practice their pole tricks anytime they like, as well as prepare for their performances as a quintet.
While Jake and Lindsey have no concerns about their children pole dancing, classifying it as a ‘sport’, and denying it is sexual, they’ve received a torrent of abuse online for their lifestyle choice.
Jake said: “We have dealt with a lot of negative comments, I can’t even count, thousands upon thousands upon thousands. We’ve heard some pretty horrific things, they were going to hunt us down and kill us and take our children.
“The naysayers, the haters and everybody like that just makes us, as parents, more protective of them."
Lindsey added: “You can’t explain to everybody that this is a legitimate sport. A lot of people, you just can’t change their opinion. We’re living our most authentic life, sometimes people don’t like that; they want you to be like everybody else.
“I actually don’t have any concern about my children participating in pole dance. Stripping is becoming somewhat obsolete, clubs are getting less busy, they’re dying down. Pole dance is taking a new route, it’s evolving into a sport, into an art."
Proving families who pole dance together, stay together, 11-year-old Aiden, from Lindsey’s first marriage, practices pole dancing every day after school while Alaura and Rosalyn, age five and three respectively, were born with the bug after Lindsey pole danced through both pregnancies.
Lindsey, 32, said: “The reason we decided to perform as a family is because we love dancing together!
“I was pole dancing when I was pregnant with both of the girls and I think that when they were born they felt that they were already a part of that art.
“We pole dance every day if not more, I dance at work obviously, then the kids dance when I’m not here and they also dance when I’m here.
“We feel that pole dancing is a sport for kids as well as for adults because it’s very dance-heavy and it’s also very gymnastics-heavy. You have to be strong, you have to be graceful.”
Jake, 36, continued: “I think that the benefit for kids in pole dance is that it builds discipline, but it also builds interest in more than one art form at a time.”
Lindsey started pole dancing after the end of her first marriage and she’s been hooked on it ever since.
She said: “I really needed something to spark my artistic nature. So I went to a club and I saw a dancer on stage and I said, ‘I really wanna try this’."
The couple didn’t start performing together until after their daughter Alaura was born.
Lindsey said: “At first, we didn’t pole dance together and after we had our first child together, our daughter Alaura, we bought a pole and I started teaching classes. That’s when I started discovering my love for competitive pole dancing and for performing on the pole outside of the club.
“We’ve done performances where both of us are on the pole, we’ll do doubles, it was really refreshing and being able to do it with a partner and adding our kids into that aspect, was amazing.”
Although the duo have always pole danced together, they made sure that they did not force the sport on the kids.
Jake: “As parents you’re scared at first, but at the same time you’re there, you’re right there, you’re really proud of them because they’re doing these things that most of the time adults have trouble doing.
“It’s really cool to see your kids take after you when you really don’t even push them.”
Lindsey’s eldest child Aiden is planning on following in her footsteps as he perfects his pole skills.
Aiden said: “I pole dance almost all the time, basically whenever I get home, sometimes I jump on the pole do a few tricks, jump off, do my normal thing.
“I actually do want to compete in pole dancing when I’m older, so that way it can be a family tradition to compete.”
The family recently travelled to Orlando, Florida to perform at Pole Con International.
Lindsey said: “Where we see our kids in the future with pole dance, I just want them to enjoy the art. They’re going to do whatever they decide to become, with passion.”