Chicago Rope

The Chicago
rope dojo

Ongoing training and Practice

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The Chicago Rope Dojo is a series of ongoing training sessions for intermediate to advanced students. It meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 7pm to 10pm. On second Thursdays, the theme is form and movement. On fourth Thursdays, the theme is expression and communication. Students can attend alone or with a partner.

Curriculum

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Expression &
Communication

Classes in this group focus on intentional communication through and about rope. Drawing from a range of somatic and movement arts, instructors lead students through exercises designed to improve communication skills and physical imagination. Through deconstructing culture and experience and by exploring the affordances of different patterns, students will learn how to collaboratively create, analyze, and improve rope scenes.

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Form &
Movement

Classes in this group focus on efficient tying and body movement. Students work to improve their footwork, body manipulation, and rope handling. As students progress, they add more building blocks to their tool kit and tie more complicated structures. Eventually, improvements in speed and efficiency allow students to focus more on other components of tying.

Pricing

per person

Single Class

$ 20
  • Buy Online or at the Door

Punch Card

$ 200
  • 12-class Package
two classes free

Cash, Venmo, and other payment options are accepted.  As with all Chicago Rope events, we have reduced price options available for those who need them. To request an alternative payment method or reduced cost pricing, please contact us.

MORE INFORMATION

Schedule

The Chicago Rope Dojo meets every second and fourth Thursday from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. There will be no Rope Dojo during the month of December. Rope Dojos will resume in January 2020.

Prerequisites

The Chicago Rope Dojo is targeted towards intermediate to advanced students. Those who wish to handle ropes should have a general fluency with the fundamentals of Japanese rope, including a single column tie, standard frictions and hitches, and a basic chest harness. Those who wish to be in ropes should have body awareness regarding nerve impingement and circulation and the ability to communicate effectively during a tie. Students should be comfortable moving and tying in front of other students and being observed.

Before taking this class, we recommend that students finish our fundamentals series. At a minimum, students should be able to tie a single column and a basic chest harness. Students should also be comfortable tying in front of other students and being observed. All attendees must be 18 or older. You must have a government-issued ID verifying your age to be admitted.

Materials

Please bring at least four (4) lengths of medium-diameter natural-fiber rope, such as jute or hemp. We have some loaner ropes available and we will have both processed and unprocessed 6mm Ogawa jute available for purchase at all Chicago Rope events.

Partner

While most topics covered in this class will involve people tying with other people, students are welcome to attend with or without a partner. Students may also attend in groups of three or switch roles during class at their discretion, but those interested in doing so should keep in mind that exercises might not allow for enough time for more than one person to practice tying. Because this class deals with highly personal material, we recommend that you attend with someone you trust and feel comfortable working closely with both physically and emotionally.

Dress Code

The dress code at all Chicago Rope events is rope casual. Casual means something you would feel comfortable wearing shopping, running errands, or in any other conventional public space. Clothing that would not be appropriate in public spaces, such as fetish gear, is not a good fit for our events.

The rope part is a suggestion to wear something suitable for moving around, being on the floor, and physically interacting. Many people find that yoga or fitness-oriented clothing works well. Business suits or other kinds of more formal dress are generally not ideal.

Please note that Outerspace Studios is a no-shoes venue. We ask that you remove your shoes at the top of stairs prior to entering the studio.

Accessibility

Our studios at Outerspace are at the top of a long flight of stairs and have no elevator. We regret that this limits access to our events. We are happy to provide whatever accommodations we are able to. Please contact us directly for more information.

Location

Our events are held at Outerspace Studios in Wicker Park, directly above Volumes bookstore. The Damen blue line stop is very close to the studio.

When you arrive, press the button for “Sun Studio” and you will be buzzed in. The studio is up the stairs and to the right. The venue requires that shoes be removed at the top of the stairs prior to entering the studio.

Parking can be difficult in this neighborhood but often can be found on Milwaukee or on the streets surrounding the park. We recommend that those who are driving allow at least 15 minutes extra time to find parking.

Please note that Outerspace Studio is not wheelchair accessible. Entering the studio requires ascending a long flight of stairs.