Our core curriculum program runs in 6 month cycles.
The Thursday night cohort that begins every Feb/Mar and Aug/Sep.
The Saturday night cohort begins every Nov/Dec and May/Jun.
See below for links to apply.
See here for a remote/in-person hybrid program if these times don't work for you.
HK's programming is based on a modular foundational curriculum and ongoing advanced classes. We ask all students to begin with Module 1 regardless of prior experience level - this is to ensure that as we move on to more advanced material, everyone is on the same page regarding the the techniques, aesthetic choices, values, culture, and approach to safety.
While attendees are free to move on from participation after Module 1, our intention is to bring cohorts through the cycle of our core programs every 6 months, and integrate them into a longer term community for continuing education, social/play events, and as a student base to bring our Japanese and European instructors to Chicago for local workshops and private lessons.
Class is held at our studio in Logan Square, just off the Blue Line.
Depending on which cohort you join, Module 1-3 classes are held Thursdays from 7:00-10:00 or Saturdays from 4:00-7:00.
Open Studio practice time will be held Sunday afternoons from 4:00-7:00. Open Studio is open to current/former students and their guests.
We don’t turn away students for financial reasons. If you’re interested in joining our community but money is a barrier, please reach out to discuss. We will find a way to accommodate you.
Participants in HK programming must be 21 or older.
COVID 19 Note: we constantly monitor the latest developments and data regarding COVID-19 and change our plans as needed. For the collective safety, we ask that everyone who applies be vaccinated and boosted, and that unvaccinated folks do not apply until such a time as they are able to be vaccinated. If you don't have your vaccination card, talk to us about your situation and we'll find a workaround. As of 12/12/21, we require N95 or equivalent masks in the studio. We have extras to hand out if you don't have one.
Module 1: Foundations (4 weeks)
The curriculum will cover basic physical safety; emotional safety, communication, power dynamics, and negotiation; cultural and historical context; body manipulation and physical connection, scene building, and a range of Japanese inspired rope techniques and patterns that will empower participants to confidently top and bottom a diversity of floor based (non suspension) rope scenes.
- May 2022 Module 1 (Mon)
*This cohort normally runs on Saturdays 4-7. June - Oct will be on Saturdays. This month will be Monday night due to conflicts with Nawashi Kanna's workshops at the studio as well as Memorial Day
- June 2022 Module 1 (Sat)
Module 2: Partial Suspension (12 weeks)
The curriculum will cover more advanced anatomy and safety knowledge, foundational suspension ties adapted for partial suspension, more advanced tension and placement awareness, how to safely tie and evaluate suspension lines, and how to combine knowledge acquired thus far to create a diversity of partial suspension based scenes, and a variety of bottoming skills to prepare bottoms for the physical and emotional experiences of intense rope scenes.
- Jan - March 2022 (Sat)
- Apr - Jun 2022 (Thurs)
- Jul - Sep 2022 (Sat)
- Oct - Dec 2022 (Thurs)
*only open to students who have completed module 1
Module 3: Basic Suspension (4 weeks)
The curriculum will cover a range of introductory suspension techniques, presenting themes and elements in exercises designed to give students an understanding of how suspension works, and how you can organically evolve and build suspension based scenes adapted to each partner you play with. The final class will introduce techniques to begin transitioning in the air.
*only open to students who have completed modules 1 and 2
- Jan 2022 (Weds)
- April 2022 (Sat)
- July 2022 (Thurs)
- Oct 2022 (Sat)
Advanced Classes (ongoing, Wednesday nights)
This portion of the program consists of ongoing, open-ended continuing education for all members of our community who have completed our foundational curriculum. We'll cover more advanced suspension work, ties and techniques we didn't have time for in the core modules, present our interpretation of other styles beyond what was covered in the core modules, and use alternative class formats.
*only open to students who have completed modules 1-3