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Family affair: Dad and daughter open up pole dancing studio

Pole apart: Hazel Roberts and Dave Roberts, pictured in their new studio in Tewkesbury PICTURES: SWNS

A DAD and daughter are keeping it in the family after opening their own pole dancing studio together.

Dave Roberts, 52, and his eldest daughter Hazel, 27, both teach the acrobatic skill and say the key to their partnership is ‘trust.’

Despite raising a few eyebrows among friends and family the duo focus their classes on the gymnastic skills required rather than sexy dance moves.

They once appeared on Britain’s Got Talent where judge David Walliams branded it ‘the weirdest thing I have ever seen’.

Hold on tight: Hazel and Dave show off their moves

Hazel said: ‘It’s a matter of trust. If you can’t trust your own dad not to drop you, who can you trust?

‘I’ve had other people suggest that I work with them, but I think to myself “not a chance”.

‘I wouldn’t feel so comfortable or safe because they would not know my balance points like my dad does.’

Hazel began pole dancing six years ago, at the same time that Dave was encouraged to attend a class by his ex-girlfriend.

‘Completely coincidentally I did a six week course in the last year of University in Ireland and sent him a picture of me doing a Crucifix saying “look what I can do”,’ Hazel said.

‘He sent one back in the same pose saying “so can I”.’

The dad-of-five initially kept his hobby under wraps for fear of being ridiculed by friends and family but when Hazel returned from university they began going to classes together.

They are now preparing to open a studio with 14ft poles, in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

Client Kate Brown, 30, said: ‘I was a bit confused when I first heard her call Dave “dad”, but they clearly know what they are doing and make me feel very safe.

‘Dave is very strong so he can help with the power stuff and between them they have a lot of different strengths. They work really well together.’

Tracey Fisher, 35, added: ‘I was a bit surprised when I found out they were father and daughter but they work really well together so what does it matter?’