Kedi practices BDSM as form of embodied spirituality, using consensual power exchange to deepen awareness, connection, and intimacy. As a professional educator with many years of experience in both academic and movement art contexts, he teaches classes designed to effectively train skills and build conceptual knowledge in a supportive and encouraging environment. A founder and director of Chicago Rope, Kedi presents on a range of subjects including rope, kink, sexuality, and relationships.
Apikoros is a queer switch with a penchant for rough-n-tumble play. When they tie, they prefer to keep things simple in order to focus on the conversation that’s going on and to better recognize the right response for the right moment. When teaching rope, Apikoros draws on their experience tutoring, coaching fencing, and teaching capoeira. Apikoros is a founder and director of Chicago Rope.
Zoie is Chicago Rope‘s Volunteer Coordinator. The unsung hero of our staff, she manages our extensive volunteer program, making sure that everything runs smoothly at our events.
Ash is Senior Administrative Staff and a professional pervert who has a great deal of experience in kink and sexuality education and organizing. While much of their work with Chicago Rope is behind the scenes, they are also a staff instructor and they help facilitate our bottom-led education programs.
Ronin is one of Chicago Rope‘s Senior Staff Instructors. He has deep roots in the Chicago community and was a co-leader of another local rope group before joining us. He enjoys creating scenes that are both physically and mentally engaging using his personal/educational background and drive for learning about topics on anatomy, sports science, and martial arts.
Stabstabstab is a pansexual switch who has been obsessed with Japanese Rope Bondage since 2013. In his classes, he aims to take complex, abstract topics like “connection,” “rope handling,” and “tension,” and break them down into straightforward, concrete and learnable chunks. His goal is to impart to his students solid, safe technical foundations without losing sight of the communication that’s always occurring between top and bottom. He’s one of the founders of Second City Kinbaku and a staff instructor at Chicago Rope.
Jei has been in the rope community since 2012, traveling back and forth between Italy and Chicago. Her main wish is to help bottoms to take agency, and fully express their selves through rope bottoming. She co-facilitates Chicago Rope‘s bottom-led education track and is always trying to improve her own skills.
ADelightfulPain is a bottom who discovered rope about three years ago. Aside from her growing love of sadistic ties and predicament bondage, she enjoys actively encouraging bottoms to find their voice. She has recently begun presenting more widely, offering her knowledge and perspectives and connecting with rope bottoms in other communities.
Vitrify is a non-binary sadomasochistic rope switch that specializes in improvisational silliness and self-ties. They’ve been pursuing rope-related antics in Chicago since 2014. As a Chicago Rope staff member, they’ve led discussions on gender and rope, participated in our bottoming education programs, and are assisting with our Introduction to Japanese Rope Bondage Course.