Graydancer at NawaShibariChicago 1-16-08

Nawa Shibari Chicago

Really excited to see old friends like Miss Jaded, Descara, and of course the Instant Expert at this event!

Wednesday January 16th, 2008
7pm- 11pm / Class starts promptly at 7:30pm
$20/person 18+

January Presenters:

Graydancer of (Madison, WI) presenting:
The Defining Moment: Getting What You Want Out of Kink

If you’re not sure what you think of rope…dump your preconceived notions and give this one a try. Graydancer is nationally known for the humor, sensuality, and ENERGY he brings to ropework, from the pretty to the practical. If you’re one who’d rather slap on the cuffs and get to the fun, this is a great way to discover the practicality, and erotic anticipation of rope. Whether you consider yourself an artist or sadist, a ropeslut, a painslut, or a damsel in distress…there’s something in rope for you.

This class is a variation on the usual “Rope 101-301″ The approach is going to be a practical one. What do you want to DO? Rather than start with what you saw in a picture or book, let’s focus on the results you want. Whether you want to tie for sex, for pretty, for pain, or some combination, the focus will be on how to DO what you want to do, using principles rather than “this is a granny knot” step-by-step processes. It’s a hands-on, you DO it, class with plenty of participation, and demonstrations on a beautiful model. The skill level of this class is appropriate for anyone from the rank beginner (what’s a knot) to Intermediate/advanced, because of its focus on practical skills and principles-based instruction. It will go up to, and demonstrate, semi-suspension work. Wear comfortable clothes, or none at all if the work calls for it. Just bring your own towels or blankets for sitting and play.

About Graydancer:
Graydancer, Ninja Sex Poodle & Ronin of Love, comes from the venerable rope bondage tradition of Madison, WI, where he honed his craft to become the world premiere podcaster of rope bondage with “the Ropecast”. He has presented at many venues and events, including the Club Expresion in Mexico City, Folsom Fair, Kinky Kollege, Shibaricon, and the Leather Leadership Conference (to name a few). He’s written for “Secret” and “Power Exchange Magazine”, and his novel “Nawashi” is available through Currently he plies his trade as an itinerant Rope Artist and Kink Educator, smiting the evil of sloppy ends wherever they may lie.


Leon Grossman of (Chicago, IL)

Lee Harrington's Shibari You Can Use‘Shibari for Beginners’ presenting a few ties from our chosen beginners textbook, ‘Erotic Macrame : Shibari You Can Use‘ by Lee Harrington.

About Leon Grossman:
Leon, originally a native of Oklahoma, began experimenting with photography while attending the University of Oklahoma. He moved to Chicago in 1998 and became a part of the pansexual BDSM community shortly thereafter. He is well known for his leadership and activism in the Chicago BDSM community and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Leather Archives & Museum.

Leon has helped popularize rope bondage in Chicago and has taught a variety of topics ranging from techniques of rope bondage to D/s theory at lifestyle events and organizations throughout the region.

His fascination with rope art, sex and BDSM has led to the majority of his work being some form of erotica. His subjects are primarily members of the BDSM community ranging from the professional dominant to the submissive who plays for fun. Leon incorporates the spontaneous interactions of his subjects as well as more deliberate studio work in his art. His fetish and BDSM photography has been showcased on Eros-Zine among other respected online publications.

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