By Charlotte Nisbet
A couple who have taught their seven-year-old daughter to pole dance now practice together almost every day.
Nicola Hetherington, 29, hangs upside down while holding the body weight of husband, Jim, 27, and Phoebe, seven, in position on the pole.
The impressive trio only began practicing on the pole together earlier this year when Phoebe decided to try the sport for the first time.
Nicola – who began training six years ago – is thrilled she’s able to share her passion with her entire family.
They all attend classes each week to improve their skills and Nicola – who has already competed with Jim – hopes to one day enter competitions as a trio.
The couple, from Doncaster, hope to break down the stigmas attached to pole dancing by showing others is it accessible for all.
Nicola said: “Jim used to climb up pole in the living room before he plucked up the courage to attend a class.
“Our daughter Phoebe was intrigued and asked to start training with us earlier this year.
“We haven’t got any specific routines as a trio yet but we are able to hold certain poses.
“I can hang upside down while I hold Jim and Phoebe’s body weight, it’s amazing how strong your muscles become.
“I know some people are sceptical about children doing pole dancing but it’s just like any other sport.
“It’s doesn’t sexualise children in anyway and is just like a dance class but with a pole.
“Phoebe loves it and has made so many friends through attending the children’s classes.
“I’m now an instructor at the pole studio too so I teach some of her classes which is great.
“Me and Jim have both competed together last year and placed third.”
Nicola first began teaching Phoebe pole moves using their pole in their living room.
She added: “Phoebe has always been intrigued by pole fitness because me and Jim enjoy it so much.
“We practice double routines together and hopefully it won’t be long before we’re performing triple routines.
“I initially started pole dancing to lose my baby weight in 2012 but I have been hooked ever since.
“I’m fitter than I have ever been and it has given me a new lease of life.”
The couple believe their story shows pole dancing is for everyone and men shouldn’t shy away from trying it too.
Nicola added: “When I tell people that Jim attends the pole dancing classes too at Benefit Fitness and Wellbeing they’re surprised as stereotypically people think it’s just for women.
“But he’s definitely showcases that it’s not and he loves it just as much as me now.
“We’ve got a pole in the living room so we can practice at any time we like.”