Q: I registered for an event or class and can’t find the address. Where is VoxBody Studio located?
A: You will receive an email, directly from firstname.lastname@example.org, with the address & details for your event sometime the week before the event (sometimes the day before). We promise. If you need to know the address earlier than that, please write to us and ask! P.S. It's in Oakland.
Q: Is the studio accessible?
A: Yes! There is a ramp at the building's front door, there is an elevator, and the doorways are to code. We are on the second floor, the elevator will get you there. There are no other stairs to climb for access.
Q: Which class is right for me?
A: We currently have monthly classes or events at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as “all-levels” events. Calendar listings and event descriptions will note the appropriate experience level for each class. If you are not clear where you fall in place, read through the class levels page. If you still aren’t sure, please write to us and we will try and point you in the right direction.
Q: What is a Rope Jam?
A: Rope Jams are an open practice time. There is no formal instruction; attendees come to do rope and socialize. There is music, tea and snacks. Some attendees come to 'lab' their ties and some come to have a slow and sensual scene with a partner. Some come to self-suspend or self-tie. It is a low cost, low pressure way to come check out the scene at the studio. It's totally okay to come on your own! People come solo and just enjoy sitting and drinking tea and watching, people come solo and meet a new person to tie with. If you tie or not completely depends on who is there, who you meet, how you get along and what you both decide to do. No guarantees, but all in the range of possibilities! It's a comfortable environment. We ask everyone to adhere to our code of conduct and photography policy, and to practice common-sense communication: ask first, honor someone's "no", negotiate clearly, only clear and enthusiastic consent is consent. Never interrupt someone else's scene. Watching others is fine, but please respect their personal space and observe without perving.
We have 2 to 3 rope jams a month. Almost always on first Sunday; sometimes on a Friday night, and sometimes on third Sunday. Check the calendar for the latest updates! Rope Jams are generally posted 4 weeks out.
We have special edition Rope Jams as well:
FLOORED is a floor-based //beginner level rope jam (no suspension points!) and begins with a demo & lesson.
"Let's Talk About" is a discussion hour before our regular Sunday rope jam, so we can roundtable about such good topics as consent, rope bottoming, rope care, etc. Topics vary by the month and will be described in the listing.
SOUND//BOUND is a rope jam with a live musician! These very special events should start back up at the studio in early spring 2018.
Q: What should I wear to class?
A: Dress comfortably, be yourself. Most rope classes have students seated on the floor; come dressed comfortably to do so. We don’t recommend jeans as they can be hard to move in and troublesome to tie over. Underwire bras are not recommended for tying over. Loose flowy clothes can be tricky to tie over, and create troublesome wrinkles under rope. Soft, comfortable, form fitting clothes seem to work best for rope classes, similar to an exercise class. Bring layers--- climate in the bay area is finicky (like its people) and also body temperatures will vary in class between periods of tying activity and sitting in discussion. This is a body positive studio and students are welcome to undress to their level of comfort (full nudity may be at the discretion of the teacher). VoxBody Studio is a shoe free zone.
Q: What supplies does the studio have for class?
A: We have loaner cotton rope for classes & jams. We have filtered water on hand, a first aid kit and safety shears. We have mats for sitting on the floor, and some cushions, poufs and chairs for support. If you don’t see what you need to be comfortable, please ask, it may be tucked away! A lot of rope classes have students seated on the floor, but if that does not work for you, let's find an alternative; we want you to be comfortable so that you can enjoy the rope.
Q: I want to come to a class or event, but have a need to keep my attendance private and am worried.
A: We will do all we can to support your need for privacy in class! Legal names are only used to sign the liability waiver. These names are not shared with other attendees. Please see our Responsible Adult Photography Policy under the Studio Policies tab.
Q: Is the studio for women only?
A: No! We do what we can to cultivate a welcoming atmosphere here at the studio to human beings of all gender identities and sexual orientations. We ask you to treat fellow attendees with respect. We are committed to cultivating safer space in the studio. We ask you to do your part. Sometimes, an event or class is created as a container for a specific pocket of humanity. The event description will clearly state this.
Q: I left my favorite (water bottle, sparkly crop, underwear) at the studio! Is it gone forever?
A: Not necessarily. We do have a lost and found, and yes it does have underwear, sparkly crops, and plenty of water bottles in it.
Q: What is your refund policy on class tickets?
A: We are not able to offer refunds within 7 days of a class. If you can find someone who would like to purchase your ticket from you, just notify us of the name transfer. The refund window for weekend intensives is two weeks.
Q: Where do I jump in on the Beginner Series?
A: VoxBody Studio offers a 6 class beginner series (one class a month for six months). In 2018, the series will start in JAN, APR, JUL and OCT.
The first three classes of the series are truly Beginner level. You could jump in on any of the three, with no previous experience, though if you want to progress with the content and catch it all, start at the beginning! Signing up solo is totally fine; please come open-minded to work with anyone who may also have signed up solo, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Attendees also have the option to tie themselves for these three classes if they so choose.
The second three classes are Advanced Beginner level. We strongly suggest taking these classes in succession, and with some proficient basic rope knowledge (see our class levels page). Because these classes focus on the intimate energy that can be explored in rope, we ask attendees to register as pairs.
We wish we posted our classes further ahead, but we just aren’t there yet. Please be patient with us. At this point, classes are generally posted 4-6 weeks out, so keep an eye on our schedule when you are ready to jump in! Or join our mailing list for updates, and sync our schedule to your google calendar by going to voxbody.com/schedule and selecting “subscribe” so it’s easier to keep track!