Barkas (They/Them) and Addie (She/her)
BARKAS AND ADDIE’S CLASSES
This introduction to suspension class utilizes an easily adaptable suspension that can be tied on any upper body harness and adjusted to accommodate any level of suspension experience. The class focuses on solid fundamentals – what a suspension line is, how it works, and what makes it more (or less) safe. We will look at line management, body mechanics and balance, gauging intensity and play, all with the goal of facilitating a positive and fulfilling experience for everyone involved.
(Those with more experience are welcome! We will also point out where the suspension can be expanded upon to create more challenging sequences, up to a multi-transition sequence with several options for exiting.)
Pre-requisites – a suspension-worthy upper body harness, ability to tie a single column tie reliably and smoothly, supportive and positive dynamic between tying partners. Switching, trios, and observers welcome.
Barkas began developing Ranboo in 2011 as a way to inject movement, surprise, and dynamics into (often unfortunately static) tying. Eventually this style was named Ranboo, which means stormy or overwhelming. Ranboo uses changes in tempo and intensity to maintain suspense, engagement, and momentum. This highly dynamic style can appear rough but has a heavy focus on safety.
Prerequisites: Single column tie.
This class will focus on the experiences of those who like to be tied, particularly on developing an understanding of what we like/need/want in ropes, how we can explore safely and positively, and what options and resources we have to influence and contribute to our environment in healthy and fulfilling ways. We will look at a combination of physical and emotional factors when being tied, as well as social/political dynamics that affect and inform the spaces in which we practice ropes.
This is a lecture-based class. Those who are not tied are welcome (encouraged!) to observe but are asked not to interject.