Jenly is an Eastern Pennsylvania native who has always been a mover. She began dancing at age three and teaching dance at age fifteen. She initially came to Pittsburgh as a college student and graduated from the Univeristy of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work in 2007. She found her passion for circus arts while attending graduate school in Philadelphia, with Niff Nichols and Jackie Zalewski, now of Secret Circus, at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts in 2009. After completing graduate school in 2012, she relocated back to Pittsburgh as a hospital social worker.
Since the circus community had such a positive impact on her life, she made a promise when she left Philadelphia to bring circus to Pittsburgh. She wanted others to experience the community, joy, strength, and inspiration that she found through circus arts. She is now living the circus life full time. In addition to teaching at ICCA, she is also the Assistant Director of the performance company Iron City Aerial.
Kelsey is a nationally recognized aerial artist and competitor, and worked as an instructor and performer for Cirque du Soleil.
She has trained and taught at studios and festivals across the country. In 2015 she was recognized as a top ten finalist at the U.S. Aerial Championships in New York City. In 2016 she was hired by Cirque du Soleil to teach and perform for their cirque experience, Club Med CREACTIVE in Punta Cana. Kelsey is the Artistic Director of Iron City Aerial, performing for guests in many Northeast destinations.
Shelby is from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. She has been training and performing in circus arts since 2013, and began her tenure as a circus arts instructor in 2015. When she is not teaching or performing, she spends her time rock climbing, practicing yoga, and biking.
Angela was born and raised in Pittsburgh and has been dancing all her life. She has a degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She began training in aerial arts with Kelsey and Jenly in 2013. When she is not helping her students fly, she enjoys hiking and traveling.
Djuna was born in Minneapolis, MN, and moved to Pittsburgh in 2009 to get her doctorate in Environmental Engineering. In 2013, she started training with Kelsey and Jenly, and in 2016 she started training to be an aerial instructor. Outside the studio, she is a research engineer and science enthusiast.
Kim grew up in Western PA with a love for dance and gymnastics. She started training aerial arts with Jenly and Kelsey in 2015. She is a certified aerial yoga instructor. She encourages everyone to try aerial yoga and provides a fun environment to learn new skills and challenge themselves.
Candice fell in love with pole fitness in 2010. Each class allowed her to discover her unexplored physical strength, embrace her inner daredevil, and defy gravity in ways she never thought possible. Candice is a true pole fitness ambassador, encouraging women of all ages, shapes and sizes to give this addictive form of exercise a try.
Candice earned her pole fitness certification through PoleMoves (Sanctoned by the Pole Fitness Association) and is trained in First Aid/CPR/AED.
Jill Thomas - Haskins
Jill is a student, turned instructor, turned inspiration. She has been pole dancing since 2010, and completed her instructor training through Discoveries Dance in 2016. She constantly pushes herself to become a well-rounded, highly motivating presence for her students.
Mia has been pole dancing since 2010 and received her certification for teaching in 2016 from Discovery Dance. Trained in both dance and choreography, Mia enjoys the unique freedom and strength that pole dancing offers