The 'world’s only' father and daughter pole-dancing duo have defied critics to set up a new studio.

[Janet Hughes | Mirror]

Dave and Hazel Roberts’ prize-winning act is so rare that they were scouted for TV show Britain’s Got Talent- but they didn’t get the result they’d hoped for.

Simon Cowell and David Walliams thought the concept was too “weird” and all four judges buzzed them off almost as soon as they started.

But they haven’t let their critics hold them back, Gloucestershire Live reports.

Dave, now 52, and Hazel, 27, have been doing pole dancing individually and together for around six years.

They have moved from their hometown of Swindon and are now preparing to open a fully equipped studio with 14ft poles to the ceiling in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, in the hope of eventually teaching full-time.

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

— Hazel Roberts

It all started when Dave’s ex-girlfriend saw Bendy Kate on the TV show Got to Dance and persuaded him they should take it up as a hobby together.

At first he took private lessons because new starters were too self-conscious to share a class with a straight man and he tried to keep his new hobby under wraps for fear of ridicule from friends and family.

“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,” explained Hazel.

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

“It’s a matter of trust... If you can’t trust your own dad not to drop you, who can you trust?"

— Hazel Roberts

When Hazel returned home from university she started going to the same pole dancing school as her father and it was a teacher there who suggested they paired up for a Halloween party .

They have not looked back since and recently moved from their home town of Swindon to set up the studio in Tewkesbury.

“It’s a matter of trust,” said Hazel who finishes their routine with a somersault. “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.”

The couple perform in skimpy shorts and vests because you need bare skin to grip the pole and say it’s good to see body conscious women gradually building up the confidence to discard their joggers.

“They come in saying they can’t wear shorts because they have thunder thighs, but I just tell them that means they will be able to grip the pole better,” said Hazel.

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