Oct
27
Sat
Back to the Lab Again – Rope Bottoming Lab @ Williamson 2
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Back to the Lab Again – Rope Bottoming Lab @ Williamson 2

Have you been trying to find your perfect futomomo placement, or wondering what a Guatamalan torture tie feels like? This workshop is the place for bottoms to explore in an educational, low-pressure environment where the focus is on you. We’ll talk about some of the challenges bottoms may find in rope, and ways to troubleshoot them, as well as some common solutions and alternatives. Then, grab your stunt top – it’s bottoming lab time! This is your time to troubleshoot those tough ties, or see what something new feels like. Hip rope vs waist rope? Box-ties and chest harnesses? Single futomomo suspensions? Foot cuffs vs ankle cuffs? Let’s play with some rope! This a bottom-focused workshop, but bringing a rigger who you’re comfortable working with is encouraged!

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

Begining Suspension @ Williamson 3
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Begining Suspension @ Williamson 3

You’ve decided that you’re ready to learn suspension? Great! This is the class for you. We are going to teach you to get your bottom in the air with a couple of basic suspension positions but also allowing you some creative license in where you put the rope and how you get them there. We will discuss the positions on a conceptual level and then give them a go.

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

SelfTying and SelfSuspension
Oct 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
SelfTying and SelfSuspension

Learn how to safely tie your favorite person: you! Learn a few ways to restrain yourself for either preparation for your partner or as the prelude to some romantic “alone time”. Then students will learn how to suspend themselves without the need for a partner. Safety, preparation, methods of quick release, and exploration of the “worst case scenario” will all be discussed before a single student will be suspended.

Class Type: Tie-along suspension
Participation: Solo

Bigger Bottoms Agura
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Bigger Bottoms Agura

The biggest trick in tying this on any body shape is how you start your lift. Because the primary amount of weight is in the legs starting out in this tie, this can be a hard body lift. To avoid these extreme lifts and possible harm to your rigger, let’s look at the ways we can find your perfect flight in this beautiful and versatile sequence. • Let’s look at thigh band placements for thicker thighs. How many bands will fit on my legs? • To waist rope, or not to waist rope? Pre-reqs: Both riggers and bottoms should be experienced in suspension, be able to communicate through ties, and have safety tools.

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

Marionette Suspension Tie @ Williamson 2
Oct 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Marionette Suspension Tie @ Williamson 2

The Marionette Suspension is a variation on the popular tie that has been used for everything from Doll Play to Mission: Impossible style performances. With nothing but single-column ties and a few handy carabiners, you can create a sustainable, dynamic, and enjoyable harness either for self- or partner-suspension.

Graydancer will be leading the class step-by-step through the ties, and there should be ample time for everyone who wants to fly to do so. However, the ropes needed are pretty specific:

  • Enough rope for a single-column tie tied around the upper torso
  • Enough rope for a single-column tie tied around the hips
  • Three long (approx. 7m or ~25-30ft) lengths
  • Two short (~15ft) lengths
  • At least four carabiners (whatever you’re comfortable using; vendors will have them available)
  • A suspension ring or “bear claw” or other carabiner rig is optional but not required

This class is suitable for any body or dynamic inclination (top, bottom, etc.). Gray will provide modifications and assistance as necessary during the tie-along portion of the class.

Low suspensions and partials for body handling
Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Low suspensions and partials for body handling

In this class Lexa teaches the skills needed to perform low suspensions and partial suspensions without the need for a TK or complicated patterns. These suspensions and partials will be done in a way to avoid most major nerve bundles to minimize risk and allow for more movement in the rope. Students should have a basic understanding of non-collapsible single and double column ties.

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

Masterclass: Jazz Tying Transition Suspensions
Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Masterclass: Jazz Tying Transition Suspensions

Advanced Students for hands on, auditing all levels

There is limited participation space available in this class.

One of the most difficult parts of learning dynamic transition suspensions is learning to think freely about where and how to manipulate the body. In this masterclass, students will be forced to think outside of the box and not follow a pattern when executing transitions during a suspension. This class will have a limited number of hands on participants.
Requirements: 8-12 ropes of at least 26 ft in length and proper suspension equipment. Tops must know how to tie a secure chest harness, hip, harness, and a safe single column tie. Tops must have a good understanding of upline management and must have done suspensions before in the past. Bottoms must have suspension experience and must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with their top. Bottoms must have a good understanding of their own body.

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

Ropesthetics – Applying Artistic Principles for Beauty in Rope
Oct 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Ropesthetics - Applying Artistic Principles for Beauty in Rope

Discussion Based Class and hands-on learning; all levels welcome. One of the most unique aspects of rope bondage is the visual element it offers. From art installations to performances, photography projects to tattoo inspiration, there is something about the aesthetic of rope that draws people. In this class, we’ll discuss and demonstrate a variety of artistic principles from photography and how they can be applied to your tying. What kind of mood do different body shapes or poses evoke? How do your up-lines complete the “picture?” What do we mean when we talk about “clean” rope or “chaotic” rope? We’ll talk about things like lines and angles in both rope and bodies, directing the eye, different aesthetic styles, rules and how to break them, and the subjective nature of “beauty”. Bring your rope and your creativity for this one!

Class Type: Tie-along suspension
Participation: Solo

Oct
28
Sun
Dynamic Suspension
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Dynamic Suspension

If you’ve been doing suspension for a while, you’ve certainly run into a bottom who has to come down due to pain or numbness. We’re going to use this class to look at ways to move our bottom and change their position without having to bring them down. Dynamic suspension can significantly increase the length of your scenes. It is also the basis for rope performance. And most importantly, its fun! We will look at a few basic transitions while maintaining a strong focus on safety and sustainability.

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

Make It Your Own featuring the Front Hands Chest Harness
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Make It Your Own featuring the Front Hands Chest Harness

For the first hour we will learn the Front Hands Chest Harness. This front hands chest harness is extremely sustainable for bigger bodies and prevents shoulder strain and possible exhaustion as seen in a traditional TK. Personally this harness saved me as a bottom, I don’t know what I would do without it. Don’t focus on the patterns! Modify placements and chest straps to make this harness your own. Load from any angle with options to create all the shapes.

Often times we find classes centered around a pattern rather than the needs of our bodies and mind. Instead, let’s look at the strengths of the bottom and top and come together to make a sequence that fits what you are wanting out of your time together.

Cynna will pass out note cards and pens. We will take 5-10 minutes to write down our strengths, favorite ties and positions, and what you want/ are needing from the rope today.

Tops will write down the same. Trade cards and talk about what you two as a team want to tie. See how you can incorporate the chest harness we learned in this class.

During this time the space is open. Tie like it’s only two of you in the room, ask questions, lab out position placement for bands. How can I make this tie better? What do I need to work on outside of class?

Feel free to do ground work, partials, or suspension (if experienced in suspension safety and has safety tools present).

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

The Power of Mind/Body in Rope @ Williamson 3
Oct 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Power of Mind/Body in Rope @ Williamson 3

Body and mental self-awareness are key things to have in your top and bottom skill set, and they might be a little more intertwined than you’d think. Sometimes tapping into deep headspace isn’t just about letting go of emotional noise, but mindfully willing your body to work with you to reach that state too. Additionally, managing a tie isn’t just about engaging a certain muscle group to shift weight or align for optimal movement – it’s about training the mind to identify the issue in the first place, and using the power of mind/body in tandem to get the experience you want to have. This class will cover exercises, ranging from mindfulness and somatics to psychophysiology, to build body awareness in and out of rope. And perhaps more importantly, teach us how to respect the interconnectedness of mind and body so we can use that intrinsic strength to reach our rope happy place.

Note: this class is best experienced with a tying companion with experience in partial suspensions. Those without partials experience or a tying companion are welcome to audit.

Class Type: Tie-along partial suspension
Participation: Solo