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Class Offerings

Our core curriculum program runs in 6 month cycles:

The Thursday night (7-10 pm) cohort begins every Feb/Mar and Aug/Sep. 

The Saturday afternoon (4-7 pm) cohort begins every Nov/Dec and May/Jun.

See below for links to apply, or linked text above.

See here for a remote/in-person hybrid program if these times don't work for you. 


 

Curriculum

HK's programming is based on a modular foundational curriculum and ongoing intermediate/advanced classes. The core curriculum consists of a total of 20 weekly 3-hour classes, broken into modules of 4, 12, and 4 weeks. Plan to devote at least 1-2 additional days to practicing each week.  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 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 times are Sunday afternoons from 4:00-7:00 PM and Tuesday evenings 7:30-10 PM. Open Studio is open to current students and their guests. We also offer an Open Studio only membership.

We never 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 collective safety, we require that everyone who attends be vaccinated and boosted. We require surgical or N95 or equivalent masks in the studio except when actively bottoming for strenuous ties.


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.

Dates: 

December 2022 Module 1 (Saturday 4-7 PM)

** December is currently at capacity. If you enroll with this link, you'll receive a welcome email, but we'll add your name to our wait list. If a spot becomes available, we'll email you! If a spot doesn't open by September 1, we'll move you to November. 

- February 2023 Module 1 (Thursday 7-10 PM - February 2, 9, 16, 23)

Enroll for February 2023

 

 

March 2023 Module 1 (Thursday 7-10 PM - March 2, 9, 16, 23)

Enroll for March 2023

Module 2: Partial Suspension (12 weeks)

*only open to students who have completed module 1

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.

Each Module 2 continues directly after Module 1 in the same day/time slot. If you cannot enroll in the next Module 2, you may enroll at any time in the future.

 

Dates: 

​- Oct - Dec 2022 (Thurs)

- Jan - Mar 2023 (Sat)

- Apr-Jun 2023 (Thurs)

- Jul-Sep 2023 (Sat)

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

Dates: 

- Jan 2023 (Thurs)

- April 2023 (Sat)

- July 2023 (Thurs)

- Oct 2023 (Sat)

Intermediate/Advanced Classes (ongoing, Wednesday nights)

*only open to students who have completed modules 1-3

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. 

Dates: Wednesdays

Private Lesson Memberships

For people who would like to continue to refine their skills, or aren't able to continue to the next module or to advanced classes yet due to time constraints, we offer memberships that include one or two hour----lon private lessons per month in addition to unlimited access to open studio. We recommend choosing a regular time slot and scheduling private lessons every other week to refine skills and set goals, using the time between to practice and improve in accordance with the lesson guidance. Private lessons are an excellent way to advance your skill, fluidity and tying speed. Unused lessons roll over for up to one year.

2x Monthly Private Lesson Membership - $90 / month

1x Monthly Private Lesson Membership - $50 / month

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