From video games to nursing to entertaining friends and audiences alike in funny costumes, the multi-faceted Carrie Bare has many talents. Pole dancing is no exception; she’s been at it for almost 11 years, making her an iCandy veteran and legend.
Carrie says she was first attracted to pole because she wanted to feel sexy. “I had done kickboxing for a while,” she says (there’s another talent to add to the list – she does Muay Thai kickboxing, has a sanctioned fight under her belt, has done smoker fights – basically, she’s a badass), “but I was the only girl there. I wanted to try something that made me feel more feminine. I started learning pole from some studios in San Francisco right when it was starting to become a fitness thing – like, where more people than just club dancers were doing it.”
She began attending iCandy soon after it opened, quickly becoming a regular. She’s witnessed the rapid evolution of pole dancing over the past few years – she remembers when Scorpio, Gemini and Butterfly where considered “crazy” tricks – yet she hasn’t missed a beat and remains one of the most advanced dancers at the studio (her favorite trick is Janeiro).
“Carrie is wonderful,” says iCandy instructor and owner Heather. “She is so strong, eager to learn, and will always go out of her way to help someone in class if they are new. She comes in with a smile and makes everyone laugh with her silliness and humor. She doesn’t let fear hold her back from anything. We love having her at iCandy.”
Her favorite part about pole dancing: “I really love performing and putting on a show. I love putting on witty performances – I want to make people to crack up and appreciate it how funny it is.” Having been in every showcase since the studio opened, some of Carrie’s most memorable characters include a dinosaur in a Jurassic Park routine, a “dumb blonde bimbo who always gets killed first” in a serial killer partner piece, and Jabba the Hut in a Star Wars group dance. She also performs in a few Cabarets around the Bay Area.
Aside from the variety of classes offered to keep her in shape, Carrie says her favorite part about iCandy is the community.
“It’s a family. The people that gravitate here are open-minded and very supportive of each other. We have girls of all shapes and sizes, and it’s such a welcoming and nurturing environment. Where else can you strip down to your booty shorts, twerk, and feel completely comfortable doing it?”
Carrie’s advice to aspiring pole dancers: “Come to at least four classes. Having one class experience isn’t going to give you a fair idea of what it’s really like. It’s not as easy as it looks, but you will eventually get to the point where things will get easier because you’re getting stronger. iCandy is very good at building students’ techniques, so as you gradually progress you have a strong base. People make the mistake of coming once and thinking ‘That’s all there is,’ or they give up because they want instant gratification. Pole dancing takes a lot of time to learn the body mechanics, but once it clicks you ca n progress pretty quickly. It just depends on how much time and effort you put into it.”