A pole dancing instructor showed off his skills while babysitting his friend’s son – by having the three-year-old boy hang onto his leg during a demonstration.
Miles Woods, 25, from Bakersfield, California, works full-time as a pole dancing instructor in Los Angeles and was babysitting his friend’s son, Keanan Castron, when he decided to try out the move.
In a video posted on Miles’ Twitter account @YungPoleMaster, Keanan can be seen grabbing hold of Miles’ leg mid-air before extending his legs backwards as the instructor continues spinning on the pole.
Miles Woods, 25, from Bakersfield, California, revealed a child he babysat quickly caught on with his pole dancing moves. In a video shared on Woods’ Twitter, three-year-old Keanan Castron can be seen holding on to Miles’ legs while he spins in the air around the pole (pictured)
Miles (pictured) said he was annoyed at the sexual stigma surrounding pole dancing after critics slammed him for practicing the sport with a child
Miles posted the video on Twitter with the caption: ‘Tell me I am not the best babysitter. Someone drop their badass kid off to my spot in LA.The kids love me!
The 36-second clip has since gained over 2.7 million views, as dozens of users praised the child for his incredible mastery of the pole.
One said: ‘First of all I would’ve fell flat on my face, secondly this looks like so much fun!’
Another added: ‘Yooo we used to do this on tree branches I can’t even imagine how lit the little boy felt doing it on a whole humans leg that’s so f****** awesome.’
In the video, Keanan tried some moves Miles taught him, showing off his gift for acrobatic stunts, holding on to his leg
In one hop, Kaenan gripped onto Miles legs. Some people said a young child like him shouldn’t have been doing pole dancing
People had dividing opinions on the video, with some claiming it was inappropriate and others saying it was just good fun
However, some claimed teaching a child tricks on the pole was highly inappropriate.
One said: ‘Yeah let him turn ya son out….not mine….and y’all promote this behaviour on a young impressionable mind.’
Another wrote: ‘I wouldn’t dare. And for people who think this ok they’re being delusional.’
Speaking about how it came about, Miles explained he teaches Keanan’s mother pole dancing and realised her toddler son had picked up some of the moves by watching his mother perform.
Miles continued: ‘After watching international pole competitions together, he [Keanan] wanted to try moves he witnessed on screen.
Miles shared the video on his Twitter account, impressing people with Keanan’s skills and gathering thousands of retweets and likes
‘The child saw me teaching his mother and was mimicking our exact movements. It got to a point where he was accomplishing the moves before his mother was lol! His progress was exponential.
‘His mother was proud of his strength at such a young age.’
Despite the negative comments, Miles insisted the video was all in good fun and that taking up pole as a form of gymnastics can in fact be beneficial for children.
Miles also lashed out at the ‘sexualised’ stigma associated with pole dancing, insisting it is completely safe for kids to take part in and encourages parents to open up to the sport.
He said: ‘I encourage kids to do any sport their heart desires with the blessing of their parents of course.
Miles, who teaches pole dancing to adults, explained Keanan’s mother was proud of her son’s strength (pictured: Keanan looks on as Miles completes his spin)
The pole dancing instructor said he encouraged all children to try any sports they wanted, and added that while pole dancing was sexualised in the US, other countries such as China and Russia let them practice the sport and take part in competitions
‘Pole studios in America tend to offer classes for adults but not children due to pole being sexualised whereas in China or Russia, they allow kids to pole and compete on a professional scale… or perform in cirque! Beautiful!
‘As long as children are being watched and spotted while learning pole, they will be fine.
‘Playgrounds across the country have poles as a way to climb or descend from the platform. I remember doing spins as a child to be a cool firefighter. ‘I did not know about stripper poles until I was 18 years old!’
Miles with one of his students during a pole dancing lesson. Some Twitter users came to the instructor’s defense and said that there was little difference between pole dancing and gymnastics