The 2017 Dallas Suspension Convention will take place from Monday April 17th to Friday April 21st, 2017 in Dallas Texas, with an opening party Sunday April 16th.  The six day event will feature expert speakers, classes in technique and safety, advanced suspensions, and entertainment geared toward the suspension community.

This event is not for people wanting to attempt their first suspension. If you are new to the art of suspension and would like more information, please contact a group in your area.

Schedule for Registered Attendees:
Sunday April 16th – Opening Party
Monday April 17th – Classes (Registered Attendees Only)
Tuesday April 18th – Classes (Registered Attendees Only)
Wednesday April 19th – Suspensions (Registered Attendees Only)
Thursday April 20th – Suspensions (Registered Attendees Only)
Friday April 21st – Suspensions (Open to Observers)

Full Conference – $250 ($350 after March 31st)
Partial Conference – Class Days – Monday and Tuesday $150 ($225 after March 31st)
Partial Conference – Suspension Days – Wed, Thur, and Fri $150 ($225 after March 31st)
Partial Conference – Suspension Day – Wednesday $100 ($150 after March 31st)
Partial Conference – Suspension Day – Thursday $100 ($150 after March 31st)

Mission Statement:

The objective of this convention is to promote international communication within the suspension community, share information on techniques, protocols and safety measures, and address exposure of suspension in the media. Thought the years, the practice of suspension has grown in leaps and bounds. Events such as the 2017 Dallas Suspension Convention affords the opportunity to provide education and standardize regulation among suspension communities from around the globe.

This event is for our suspension community to come together and share knowledge and skills with each other in a socially constructive and beneficial way.

Class Listing:

Basic Hands on Rigging – Instructor TBA – A hands on workshop to learn and practice suspension rigging for simple suspensions.

Bedside Manner – Instructor: Saville Evans – Advice on how to communicate with a suspendee; from piercing, through the suspension, and follow-up. Instructor will discuss personal examples of good bedside manner, as well as areas of improvement, emergency situations, and the importance of preparing your suspendee for post suspension emotions.

Belay – Tools/Tricks/Techniques – Instructor: TBA
This workshop will cover tools, tricks, and techniques to improve belaying suspendees.

Coaching – Instructor: Mike Coons – A look at care beyond bedside manner: understanding how to properly coach, encourage, and push a suspendee for a positive suspension experience.

Community: the Good, the Bad, and Otherwise – Instructor: Mike Coons
A roundtable to discuss how communities work, how they can thrive despite adversity, and how to be a positive influence as a member. As well as methods of how to best deal with negative influences.

Consent and Negotiation – Instructor: Sara Williamson – We’re going to examine consent, what it looks like and how to do it, and discuss strategies for negotiating to effectively build consent.

Control of Contamination through UV Reactive Powder – Instructor: Bruno Valsecchi – During this workshop we will introduce briefly the concept of prevention of cross contamination, which then put into practice with live participants through a simulated procedure. Then we will monitor its effectiveness through the use of a special UV reactive powder that will allow us to see exactly if the protocols of work we have used or proposed are effective and safe for safeguarding the health of our practitioner.

Creating and Breaking Protocol – Instructor: Misty Forsberg – A look at writing team protocol for various situations, emergency plans, and incident reports, as well as discussion on how and why protocol might be broken.

Gear Selection – Instructor: Dana Dinius – This class is mainly theory with some visual practical aid but will be open for input from the attendees.

Grief and the Body– Instructor: Paul King – In mainstream Western culture, grief processes that include physical alteration of the body are often categorized as pathological and considered “self-harm.” However, throughout recorded history many ethnic groups have sanctioned either solo or communal acts of piercing, tattooing, cutting, burning, striking, amputating, or tooth ablating as part of their mourning rituals. This lecture entails a cross-cultural contrast and comparison of intentional physical responses to grief both within and outside culturally organized and permitted methods. We will explore the social implications; the possible harms and benefits, of sanctioning versus not sanctioning physically manifested grief practices.

Hood Grinding – Instructor: Jason LaJudice

Hook Placement Theory – Instructor: Matt Kirk – “An in depth look into all the factors that surround and impact the effectiveness of hook placement. Subjects covered included but not limited to, Rigging, Hook types, Hook direction, skin types, etc. This class is mainly theory with some visual practical aid but will be open for input from the attendees.”

Hook Placement Workshop – Instructors: Dana Dinius and Zach Cohoe – A hands on workshop looking at considerations for successful hook placement.

Hook Processing and Storage – Instructor: Daniel Thomas – The hook processing and storage class will explore aspects of sterilizing and maintaining sterilization of hooks as well as safe transportation of contaminated hooks and fixtures.

Information Sharing vs Shaming – Instructor: Daniel Thomas – roundtable

Intro to Suspension– Instructor: Misty Forsberg – A brief introduction to suspension terminology and concepts for beginners.

Knot Tying Basics – Instructor: Steeve Easley – An introduction to the most common knots used in body suspension today, as well as some others, followed by a hands-on workshop. “When, where and why knot.”

Knot Tying Advanced – Instructor: Steeve Easley
Part two of the knot tying workshops, moving into more advanced knots and hitches used in body suspension.

Needle Bevel Theory – Instructor: Mike Coons
This class has been taught at the APP conference in recent years by Brian Skellie and Luis Garcia in regards to Body Piercing. With their blessing we have adapted it for use in Suspension. We will examine how effective needle technique can affect the wound shape, and what that means for suspension applications. We may finally be able to put the Bevel Up/Bevel Down argument to rest. This class has been a game-changer in the body piercing community and we are honored to be able to bring it to the Suspension Community.

Outdoor Rigging – Instructors: Steeve Easley and Zuni Avery – A look at multiple scenarios for outdoor rigging situations and options for how to safely create a suspension point.

Post Suspension Depression – Instructor: Steeve Joyner – Steve Joyner (CoRE) has researched with a psychologist and will present the information found pertaining to PSD. The presentation will include: physical and mental symptoms, tools that could help stabilize it, and an open discussion. This presentation has evolved from the presentation held at Mecca in 2016.

The Power of Choice Round Table – Instructor: Jessica Irvin – This discussion will occur in a round table format where presenters will pose the group with questions that explore the dynamics that emerge between practitioner and participant before, during, and after the suspension experience. Possible topics will include: emotional transference, enthusiastic consent, power and energy exchange, autonomy within the suspension experience, reconciliation of PSD, and more.

Rigging Analysis – Instructor: Allen Falkner – A class designed to help practitioners analyze rigging components and determine safe working loads and help identify potential problems and reduce failures.

Skin Prep – Instructor: Steeve Joyner – A look at the various skin prep options available, and what is best suited to the needs of the suspension community.

Suturing– Instructor: Steeve Easley – This class will cover how to assess when a wound needs more maintenance than just the usual aftercare and a bandage. It will begin with a brief lecture on how to identify a tear and determine when it is appropriate to suture. After which, the class will be split into groups to learn how to repair different variants of tears and addressing when/where each could be applied.

Suspension Practices in Kerala – Instructor: Paul King – World Premier: This lecture includes PowerPoint and film clips from an upcoming documentary about the January 2016, Thai Pooyam in Kerala, India.

Team Leadership – Instructor: Gregory Charles – A look at assessing yourself and team members abilities, how to train in ways that members can learn the best, and how to build effective leadership skills.

Working Aseptically Pt. 1– Instructor: Gregory Charles- A workshop to lead attendees through effective uses of sterile and aseptic technique in body suspension for each area of Piercing, Bio, and Post

Working Aseptically Pt. 2– Instructor: Gregory Charles

Special Acitvity
Movie Night: Phuket and Thaipussam – Instructor: Paul King – After class movies including a rare black and white 1960’s video on the Thaipussam