Parents Teach Kids to Pole Dance, Defy Critics (And Decency)

You know what they say, right?

The family that pole dances together stays together.

This is what Jake Night and Lindsey Teall, residents of of St. Louis, believe, at least.

The couple has made headlines for the rather unusual workout routine it is teaching its kids.

What possible reason would a mother and a father have for raising a family full of stripping pole dancers?

It all goes back to how they met and it goes from there…

1. Their Past Served as Their Prologue

Jake and Lindsey met when both were working as exotic dancers. They have a love and a passion for this near-naked activity.

2. A Family of Five

The couple has decided to pass along this pastime to its kids: Aiden, 11, Lindsey’s son from her first marriage; and their two daughters, Alaura, 5, and 3-year-old Rosalyn.

3. Their Pole Position?

The parents have installment a stripper pole in their living room. We’d love to see how guests react to that, right?!?

4. Let’s Play, Kids!

Jake considers pole dancing a sport and told The Daily Mail: “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.”

5. But Aren’t the Kids Just Strippers Now?

No, insists Lindsey: “”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… Pole dance is taking a new route, it’s evolving into a sport, into an art.”

6. A Sport?!?

There is such a thing out there as this: THE INTERNATIONAL POLE CONVENTION, also commonly known as PoleCon. Per its official website, this competition “celebrates the diversity of the pole dance/pole fitness community. Come to learn, share and grow with men and women of all shapes, sizes, ages, ethnicities and fitness levels then stay for the community. #poleconisforeveryone.”

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Judge Has to Order 30-Year-Old Man to Move Out of His Parents’ House

A 30-year-old has lost his court battle against his parents after a judge ruled that he does, in fact, have to move out of their house.

This story is wild, but actually a bit more serious than people might first believe.

We've included a video from the courthouse, but that only tells part of the story.


The video that we have included gives only some highlights of the case.

The full back-and-forth between State Supreme Court Justice Donald Greenwood and Michael Rotondo lasted approximately a half hour.

Though the judge ordered that Rotondo would have to move out, he also ordered that Adult Protective Services investigate the situation.

To a degree, perhaps Judge Greenwood was simply doing his due diligence in a case involving family members at home.

But it is clear to anyone watching this case that something is … not right.

It began when Rotondo's parents offered to help him to find an apartment and even offered him money, giving him over $ 1,000 … which he then used on "expenses" without moving.

Following that, they stopped paying for his phone and … well, they ended up in court.

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Since first being reported, the Rotondo story has been picked up by New York Post, Fox News, the BBC, and The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Greenwood praised Rotondo's legal research after Rotondo pointed to a prior case in which it was determined that a family member had the right to six months between being served with an eviction and actually being required to leave.

This period of time is designed so that someone can make enough money to secure new housing. There are all sorts of eviction laws to cover many situations.

Greenwood patiently explained to Rotondo that there is an appellate court case that establishes that, in short, the case that Rotondo cited does not apply to his particular family situation.

Rotondo referred to the judge's ruling as "outrageous."

Judge Greenwood referred to Rotondo's demand that he be allowed to remain as being similarly "outrageous."

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Though the judge urged Rotondo to speak to his parents, Mark and Christina, and reach an amicable arrangement, Rotondo refused.

After the court ruling, Rotondo spoke to the press who had gathered.

Rotondo says that there have not been any "incidents" between him and his parents. In fact, he says that they effectively do not speak with each other.

He says that they do not provide him with food or with laundry, but that they do provide him with a residence.

He describes getting food in the kitchen as being similar to a buffet line, and that he waits for his parents to vacate the room before cooking his own meals.

When asked what he does to support himself, Rotondo says that he has a business, but refused to identify it, instead saying:

"My business is my business."

After speaking to the press, he returned to his parents' house. He plans to attempt to appeal the ruling.

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Here is why this is serious.

Rotondo has a son, of whom he does not have custody.

From our understanding, it looks like he has attempted to sue for custody on the grounds that not having custody is discrimination against him, as a "poor person."

It seems that he fears that accepting money from his parents and having his own residence, while normally things that would make a person seem like a more viable parent, would undercut his bid for custody.

If your parents are just handing you over $ 1,000, it's kind of hard to argue that you're impoverished.

Another cause for worry is that Rotondo has a 2009 arrest for allegedly stalking a woman at her home.

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Many have speculated that Rotondo may have certain unresolved … issues.

But obviously, he is in no way representative of most people who live at home.

With two decades of wage stagnation while rent and housing prices continue to climb, it is increasingly difficult for even employed adults to find housing.

Though a lot of media attention to the Rotondo case has likely been due to older generations finding amusement at the idea of a man so accustomed to being pampered that he'd rather go to court than move out, there's more going on here.

And, again, there are plenty of young adults who would love nothing more than to move out … and would be happy to, if they started making a living wage.

We hope that Rotondo's story has a happy ending. Perhaps APS will be able to assist Rotondo by connecting him to whichever resources he needs.

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