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Become an Instructor for Studio Friction!

Studio Friction strives to provide educational content representative of a variety of styles and approaches presented by vetted instructors of all levels, backgrounds, and identities. We are always looking for instructors to teach a variety of classes - including classes that are not rope-specific. 

Studio Friction Class Formats Include: 

  • In Person Short Format Classes (Denver Rope Bite style classes, ~2 hrs)

  • Intensives (several hours or over more than one day, typically Friday through Sunday)

  • Curriculum Course Classes (4 week in-person classes that build upon the previous course content)

Prerequisites to become a Curriculum Course Instructor : 

All instructors must: 

  • Successfully complete Beginner 1 through Intermediate 2 of Studio Friction curriculum

  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in all ties, safety and consent education, soft skills and bottoming skills pertaining to the SF curriculum

  • Exhibit good communication and demonstration skills that incorporate different teaching and learning styles. Skills can be demonstrated via TA’ing for relevant curriculum courses and/or B1 intensive or teaching Saturday 101 classes

  • Be willing to teach the specific Studio Friction curriculum per the curriculum instructor syllabus

  • Best practice is for all instructors to have experience tying a variety of body types

To become an Intermediate 1 & 2 instructor, candidates must:

  • Have regular experience with suspension rigging for at least one year

  • Have some guided experience with teaching Intermediate 1 and 2 either via TA’ing or co-teaching with a more experienced instructor.

**The requirements to become a Curriculum Instructor  may be waived or denied at the discretion of the Studio Friction Programming Committee

Create and teach your own course content!

If you have an idea for a class that you would like to teach, please email and include "Programming" in the subject line. Note that our class schedule is typically booked up 6 months in advance, so please reach out early. To be considered, you must be willing to participate in a vetting process, and have demonstrated proficiency in the topic you would like to teach. You must also agree to follow the Studio Friction Educator's Code of Conduct. We also must have scheduling availability and a need for the particular topic/level proposed. If you have not taught a class before but would like to get started, we are happy to work with you, and help you build those skills. So don’t be afraid to reach out!  

To apply, include the following in your email: 

  • Name and pronouns 

  • Class name and description, as well as format (virtual, in person, etc.) and expected number of hours to cover the content

  • A brief description of your training and self assessment of your skill level (beginner, intermediate, advanced, etc.)

  • A self assessment of your teaching skills 

  • 2 references who can speak to your consent/negotiation practices, skill level, teaching ability, and overall character.

Please also answer the following questions in your email: 

  • Are you currently a member of Studio Friction in good standing? If you do NOT have a Studio Friction membership let us know. (Out of town instructor, teaching an education course not rope specific etc.)

  • Have you ever been involved in any consent violation process in this community or another? Have you ever been accused of a consent violation? If so, please describe.

  • Have you had any accidents or injuries while tying or teaching?  If so, please describe. 

Instructor Remuneration

As of July 16, 2023 Studio Friction has increased it's 4 week Curriculum Course Instructor pay to $200 each (to the top and the bottom) for each 4-week session they teach and $10 per pair (to each the top and bottom) for advanced intensives. Out of town presenters are paid per contract. Non-rope class remuneration is negotiated based on event pricing and attendance.  

Studio Friction

740 Lipan St. Denver, CO 80204

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