Oct
27
Sat
Malice Aforethought: Anticipation as a Tool for Negotiation and Scene-Building @ Williamson 1
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Malice Aforethought: Anticipation as a Tool for Negotiation and Scene-Building @ Williamson 1

We love our spontaneous scenes that grow organically, but what if it were also true that you can construct a scene, down to the details, and still have it be fun and sexy? What if, even, the very fact that everyone knows what’s going to happen is what makes it fun and sexy? Consent is not the death of fun and options – it’s the basis for both.
In this workshop, AltBronte will introduce comprehensive opt-in negotiation and how to use it to build hot rope (and other) scenes. She’ll discuss ways of using anticipation and foreknowledge to make the scene hotter and more collaborative, both before play and during, and then demonstrate a scene built on these principles. After this, participants will be invited to negotiate and build a scene using the concepts demonstrated.

Class Type: Discussion with suspension demo
Participation: Solo

Diving Deeper: Mindful Rope Play
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Diving Deeper: Mindful Rope Play

Naiia and Shakti Bliss will combine their knowledge and personal practice of mindfulness to take you on a journey of enhancing your connection and energetic exchange during rope play and scenes. In this class we will discuss and experiment with how mindfulness practices, meditation and linking your breath to movement can affect your play.

Some of this class will involve partnered activities but it is not necessary to have a partner to attend this class.

Capable Bottoming
Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Capable Bottoming

We all have a huge range of skills and abilities we bring to our scenes. But too often we hear amazing bottoms focus on what they can’t do. Whether your elbows touch or inversions make your lightheaded, you have things you bring to rope and recognizing those can help you and your top to build better scene. This class will be a facilitated discussion on how we find our own strengths in rope and approach our bottoming and negotiations from a place of “here’s what I can do” instead of “here’s what I can’t.”

Class Type: Lecture
Participation: Solo

Full-Body Rope Handling
Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Full-Body Rope Handling

The classic image of the rigger kneeling behind the bottom and wrapping their arms comfortably around them is a very pretty one… but it’s not the only way to tie and handle rope. AltBronte has spent years developing an active style of tying that is well-suited to smaller tops tying larger bottoms, but it can be fun for anyone! Learn to think beyond static tying and use all the limbs and movement you have to tie while maintaining connection and energy. There will also be some classic rope handling skills and drills. Come dressed to MOVE!

Class Type: Tie-along floorwork
Participation: Pairs or groups

Oct
28
Sun
Above the Ring: Innovative Temporary Hard Point Construction @ Williamson 1
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Above the Ring: Innovative Temporary Hard Point Construction @ Williamson 1

We all know a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link, but do we all know how to spot the weakest link? In this class we will focus on the links that are often taken for granted, the links above the ring. We will discuss various methods of creating a functional and safe hard point from natural objects (such as tree limbs) and man made objects (such as ceiling joist). We will go over proper use of sling straps, carabiners and other commonly (mis)used climbing gear. We will discuss how to use block and tackle pulley systems in way that we can safely and quickly raise our lower our bottom(s) and more using tried and true techniques developed by mountain climbers, rescue teams and professional stage riggers. Included in this class will be downloadable notes and links to suggested equipment.

Class Type: Lecture
Participation: Solo