Kaitlyn Yergenson has been dancing for over 20 years. Having been on competition teams throughout her life, all the way through college, it was becoming difficult to find a dance studio for adults that struck the right balance between beginners with zero dance experience and professional ballerinas. When she found a Groupon for iCandy more than a year ago, she was intrigued.
“I’m so glad I bought that Groupon,” she reflects. “I remember that first class was so hard, and I might not have gone back if I hadn’t already bought a 6-class pack. Even in the small amount of classes that Groupon gave me, I was able to build enough strength to hold myself up off that pole.”
“Silks is very much like dance. You’re doing a sequence of movements. You’re building flexibility. I feel like I’m tricking myself into working out – I’m building up body strength without having to be at the gym.”
It turns out iCandy strikes that balance between beginning and advanced dance that Kaitlyn was looking for in a studio. “All the classes have students at mixed levels, so you can make it your own,” she says. “You can push yourself further or take it easy.”
Kaitlyn’s advice for new students wanting to take a class at iCandy: Don’t be nervous.
“Everyone’s nonjudgmental and accepting of everyone else,” she says. “Don’t be worried about what you look like – just go for it. There’s something for everyone here.”
Kaitlyn also dances at the Movement Lab and will be performing with iCandy students in a chair dance routine at the North Bay Stage Company Spring Dance Festival, March 4-6, 2016.