Couple who met as exotic dancers have taught their CHILDREN how to pole dance and now perform together as a family – including their THREE-year-old daughter
By Kerry Mcdermott For Mailonline
07:55 EDT 17 Jul 2018, updated 08:50 EDT 17 Jul 2018
• Exotic dancers Jake Night and Lindsey Teall are teaching their kids to pole dance
• Couple, from St Louis, Missouri, insist pole dancing is a ‘sport’
• Raise Aiden, 11, from Lindsey’s first marriage, Alaura, five, and Rosalyn, three
• Now the whole family pole dances together as a quintet
• Couple admit they’ve received a torrent of abuse online from critics
A couple who are both exotic dancers have revealed how they are passing on their passion for pole dancing to their children.
Jake Night and Lindsey Teall, of St Louis in Missouri, were both working as exotic dancers when they met and fell in love, and now they practice with Aiden, 11, Lindsey’s son from her first marriage, and their two daughters, Alaura, five, and three-year-old Rosalyn.
Not only have Jake, 36, and Lindsey, 32, installed a pole in their living room so the whole family can practice, they’ve even started performing in public as a five-piece.
Although they admit to being subjected to a torrent of abuse online as a result of encouraging their children to take up pole dancing, Jake and Lindsey insist it is a ‘sport’, and say there is nothing wrong with their young children participating.
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Lindsay Teall and her partner Jake Night are passing on their love of pole dancing to their children, aged 10, five and three
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Mother Lindsey insists pole dancing is a ‘sport’, and there is nothing inappropriate about young children taking it up
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,’ he added.
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Lindsey said: ‘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 dancing.
‘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.’
<img id=”i-ca0e45242c746af9″ class=”img-share” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/07/17/12/4E2FED8000000578-5962277-image-m-46_1531827364145.jpg” width=”306″ height=”454″ alt=”The couple’s five-year-old Alaura joins her family in their routines”/>
The couple’s five-year-old Alaura joins her family in their routines
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Even little Rosalyn, aged three, takes part
<img id=”i-fee84379ae6ff882″ class=”img-share” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/07/17/13/4E2FED7000000578-5962277-image-m-2_1531828829046.jpg” width=”634″ height=”504″ alt=”Jake and Lindsey pose with their children, Aiden, 10, Alaura, five and Roslyn, three”/>
Jake and Lindsey pose with their children, Aiden, 10, Alaura, five and Roslyn, three
Aiden practices pole dancing every day after school, while the mother-of-three says Alaura and Rosalyn were born with the bug after she pole danced through both pregnancies.
Lindsey 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.
<img id=”i-7a3572a28d83570f” class=”img-share” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/07/17/13/4E2FEEB400000578-5962277-image-m-4_1531828922202.jpg” width=”634″ height=”756″ alt=”Father-of-three Jake explained he believes pole dancing helps teach his children discipline”/>
Father-of-three Jake explained he believes pole dancing helps teach his children discipline
‘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’.’
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Five-year-old Alaura hangs on the pole in the family living room in St Louis, Missouri
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.
<img id=”i-1e7aeb3fb9ab618f” class=”img-share” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/07/17/13/4E2FEE4200000578-5962277-image-a-10_1531829103037.jpg” width=”634″ height=”357″ alt=”Ten-year-old Aiden practices pole dancing every day after school, pictured”/>
Ten-year-old Aiden practices pole dancing every day after school, pictured
<img id=”i-4040621ab8f466f6″ class=”img-share” src=”https://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/newpix/2018/07/17/13/4E2FF19800000578-5962277-image-a-9_1531829099790.jpg” width=”634″ height=”357″ alt=”Jake and Lindsey keep a close eye on their daughter Alaura as she climbs up the pole”/>
Jake and Lindsey keep a close eye on their daughter Alaura as she climbs up the pole
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.’