BV XXX Presenters

Master Mark and SnowbabyK

SnowbabyK (she/her), AKA: “Ms. K”.  She is a sadomasochistic queer polyamorous switch that has been active in the Dallas/Fort Worth Kink Community for several years.  She has lead littles groups, volunteers for fundraising events to support LBGTQ+, marginalized communities, and suicide prevention.  Often teaches and leads discussion/demos on cigar service/play, primal impact play, and DD/Lg with her Daddy Dom_Mark2.  In walking the path of a leather woman, she hopes to share what she learns with others. Snowbabyk has been described as “Big Love”, giving with a fierce sense of sensuality. Snowbabyk enjoys all things stingy, primal play, cigars, princess by day, tigress by night. RAWR!

Master Mark, Fetlife: Dom_Mark2 (he/him).  He is a Poly, Master, Daddy, Partner, Leatherman, Switch. His journey in this lifestyle began in 1998.  Graduated from the Dallas Submissive Mentors Program in 2013. He served a local Fem/Dom from 2007 to 2013, and began his journey as a Leatherman in 2014. Leathermen have it right, being on both sides of the slashes has made me a better Dominate.  Currently the Vice President of the Leather Heart Clan, and have been a member since 2015. Co-leader of Worthless Bastard Cigar Club, and leadership team for Whips in the Woods.  Recently, he was presented his cover by the leather community.  He has taught classes at the local dungeons with his current baby, SnowbabyK.  Together they have taught/led classes/discussions on Cigars, Cigar Service, Extreme Cigar Play, and Primal Impact Play.  They enjoy impact play, with whips, canes, rough body play, and all things taboo. Master Mark loves to sit in sand, smoke cigars, drink Scotch, and tell lies with his friends.

Primal with a Twist

The Power Exchange between two partners that exist when on neutral ground. The acceptance that neither one will lower themselves, and no more Fucks are given to the other with full transparency and honest emotions. Pushing and stretching their boundaries together, switching between being the hunter and the prey testing the lines between pleasure and pain.”

Wrestling and grappling on the mats is fun, however, there is more to Primal than just that type of play.
See Primal energy in play that isn’t what most think of when they hear Primal.

The Twist, in this type of play, is the impact that both experiences are the great equalizer.  If relationships and partners are equal, how does “The Play” become no top, no bottom, focused on connection, and energy/power exchange.

Little’s Play Space

Calling all Little’s, Middle’s, Pet’s, and their Caregiver’s to enjoy others or just relax.  SnowbabyK would like to provide a portable swing, parachute, balls, and arts and crafts for all to enjoy.  If one would like to bring a blankie, pillows, stuffies, or sippy cups for comfort please do so.  We can’t provide personal non porous objects due to Covid.  We will have sanitizer and disinfectants for the swing, parachute, and balls to wash after use to keep Covid friendly. Can’t wait to see all the sweet and bratty ones out there.
Alice Miller

Alice Miller aka GrownA__Woman

Alice is a poly, queer, sadistic Leatherwoman from Dallas, Texas. She has been active in the Dallas community since 2016. While she adores body bags, knives and canes, her view of play is do whatever the heck you want!  Currently Alice is co-owner of Smoke and Mirrors DFW, leader of Underground Cigar Social, Member-at Large for NLA Dallas, and serves on the council at DFW Dungeon.

Bag It Up I'll Take It...

Curious about body bags, if you are into bondage, power exchange in a scene, fear play, breath play, temperature play. This class will be right up your ally. Learn the basics, get some new ideas in this hands on participation class. Come find out how fun body bags can be.

Miss Velvet Steele

Dear Miss Velvet

Miss Velvet Steele (she/her) is a dominant, cisgender, heteroflexible Leatherwoman with a penchant for electricity, scalpels, and needles.She has a wide range of life experience that helps her feel at home everywhere from the boardroom to the opera to the dungeon and all points in between. Miss Velvet is proud to have recently accepted her scurrilous, yet devoted, slave Todd into her service. She encourages curiosity, values everyone's contributions, and demands high standards from those in her purview. Committed to serving her community, Miss Velvet currently serves on the board of NLA-Dallas, volunteers for the Mentors Program, works on the staff of the NLA-Dallas NewsLeather, and is part of the Beyond Vanilla planning committee. As an educator, she has a passion for sharing her knowledge with others and believes in taking a holistic approach to BDSM that addresses the needs of the whole self and not just one’s kinky desires.

Building Your Kinky Character Sheet

You know you’re an expert flogger, or perhaps tea service is your jam; but have you considered how your own unique mixture of background, experiences, and personality traits are part of what you have to offer?  Have you ever thought about how these combine with our values, skills, and life obligations to form our kink identity?  In this class, we will use the paradigm of the character sheet to help us take a look at how the elements of our personal foundation inform our availability as a partner and community member.

Master Todd

Proudly hailing from Austin, Texas, Master Todd has been active in the BDSM community since 2004 and discovered Leather along the way. Growing up in an environment that made him constantly aware that his proclivities are different, he is a fan of sharp pointy things and medical play. A self-described relationship nihilist who is always open to possibility, his latest incarnation finds him in service to his Master, Miss Velvet Steele. He is honored to have served as the 2013 Southwest Master and currently serves as the Director of MAsT: Leander and the Assistant Regional Director for the Southwest Region.


Switch and Bitch

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: you’re not really a switch, you just haven’t figured out what you really are yet.  Perhaps instead you were told, “you’re not really a switch, you just haven’t met the right Dom yet.” Maybe you’ve never heard this because you’ve been reluctant to identify as a switch because you’re sure that somehow you’ll lose all your cred as badass top/bottom.  Whatever your path in being a switch is like, you’ve likely encountered the looks and judgements that come with not fitting neatly into the little boxes that we as kinky folk love to label.  

Join Master Todd for an interactive discussion of what it means to be a switch, the challenges of identifying as a switch, and other fun topics we uncover along the way.

Speculums, Sounds, and Scalpels, Oh My! Infiltrating the Mind and Body with Medical Play

Not just playing doctor in the dungeon, medical play encompasses a wide array of play styles, toys, and activities.  Medical play is much more than violating existing (or freshly made) orifices, and when done correctly, it offers a way to deepen the intimate connection that occurs when we exchange power.  In this presentation, Master Todd will discuss a variety of play ideas. Class will conclude (time permitting) with a cutting demonstration to satisfy your, and his, bloodlust.

Beast and echo

Beast & echo

A gentleman and a beast, Beast (He/Him) is a pansexual, polyamorous Leatherman, a Master, Rigger, Pyromancer, Biker, Bodybuilder, and Cigar Snob. Beast is the Head of the Leather House Maison de Beast, an event producer and hosts Dynamic Leadership, a monthly live cast focusing on relationship dynamics, Leather, BDSM, and Kink.

echo (she/they) is a pansexual, poly Leatherwoman, a slave, switch, event producer, and a fucker of minds. She founded the Colorado Kinky Book Club and co-founded Denver Ms. Kinky Scouts. echo uses many of her skills from her vanilla job as a behavior specialist and is passionate about restorative practices, communication, and conflict resolution skills.

Beast and echo are honored to represent the Southwest region as 2021 Southwest Master/slave and Colorado Master/slave 2019-21. They produced the Approachable Power Exchange Conference 2019 in Denver and founded their Leather House, Maison de Beast, in 2019. Together with their partner Liv, they are raising 3 kids. By necessity, they have developed strong communication skills and a unique approach to structuring relationships, resolving conflict, and setting goals and expectations. They enjoy sharing what they have learned with others.


Can You Hear Me Now?  Effective Communication in Power Exchange Dynamics

Why do small, seemingly silly things often turn into arguments? What if there was a way to know, at the very beginning of a conversation, exactly what your partner needs from you. In this class, Beast (he/him) and echo (she/her) share their communication model and the struggles they went through that inspired it. They use humor and personal stories to illustrate a powerful communication model that can be used in power exchange dynamics, poly or even vanilla relationships. Be careful, some of these tools can work a little too well.

What's the Point?! Abandoning Tedious Negotiations

No more negotiating? Did we really just say that? Well not exactly. Consent is at the very heart of what we do in the dungeon, or the bedroom, or really anywhere. As such, there is no getting around the need to properly negotiate play. Just because it must be done though, doesn't mean it must be boring. In this class, Beast (he/him) and echo (she/her) walk you through their approach to negotiation and give you an opportunity to test drive your new skills. By reframing your negotiations, you no longer have to view it as a chore to finish before the fun begins, and start seeing it as part of your scene.

Doc Bubbles & kitkatann

Doctor Bubbles and KitKat Ann met at Beyond Vanilla in 2018, and found a kindred spirit in each other. Since then, they have gone from playmates to close friends, and eventually established an M/s dynamic and romantic partnership together. Their dynamic is based on mutual respect and trust, self improvement, a dedication to increasing knowledge, and helping improve the world around them.

Doctor Bubbles has been active in the Central Texas community since 2015, exploring this thing we do and trying to find his place in it. He first came to the scene out of the Army, seeking the stability and structure as a submissive male. As he progressed in his journey, support from his friends, mentors, and professional therapists helped resolve some of the issues that led him to the scene, and he started exploring things from a top’s perspective. In 2019, he graduated from the Austin Mentors Program, a year-long course that develops skills and techniques found in BDSM, and a deeper understanding of self and community. Currently, he is interested in not only the physical aspects of sadism, but also the mental factors as well. His passion lies in understanding the mental and emotional connection required for ethical psychological sadism. Doctor Bubbles continues to explore new facets of what it is we do (and why we do it), and hopes to share with others what he has learned.

KitKat Ann defines herself as a Kajira with a large primal streak and a masochistic little side. She became aware of kink at the tender age of 16 through the wondrous literary world of Anita Blake by Laurel K. Hamilton. This led to disappointment at the lack of non-fiction reference materials by which to learn more about this new world she had found. Through her travels, she has picked up a multitude of experiences and knowledge to better serve herself, those around her and her community. Her life’s journey has taken her through the dark, twisty paths of domestic violence, including mental, physical, and emotional trauma, as well as the lovely hills of multiamory & poly-fidelity, the hard deserts of self-discovery and self-reliance, and the peaceful meadows of good mental health. These experiences, combined with a unique mix of characteristics such as empathy, compassion, strength of will, intelligence and a more-than-a-bit of mischief, have created a person who can speak from experience about navigating the difficulties of playing in the deep end of kink and not drowning. Fear play, heavy impact play, primal play, as well as submission through service, are her areas of expertise. KitKat continues to learn, and then teach, those around her adding her personal perception in the hopes of creating more understanding, acceptance and SSC kink.

“The place between your comfort zone and your dream is where life takes place.” – Helen Keller


Fun and Games: Using Game Theory into Scenes

A scene is often thought of as a serious, intense experience between two grown adults… but it can also be a little silly! This class introduces the concept of framing a scene around a game for fun and safety. We’ll discuss how using the rules of game play helps with negotiating with new play partners, builds trust and confidence for future scenes, and reduces anxiety by giving both the top and bottom a road map to the scene. This will be an interactive class where the audience will be challenged to kinkify common games after the main presentation.

Scare Tactics: Diving Deep into Fear Play

This class goes over the physical and psychological ingredients of fear, and how to manipulate them for a thrilling scene in a risk-aware consensual manner. We also go over how to develop ideas together without giving away surprises, what to do when a scene goes awry, and how fear play builds intimacy and trust between partners.

Trix

Trix

Trix (they/them) is a leather artist, musician, sadomasochist, sarcastic asshole and even a hopeless romantic with a desire for the macabre. They came into the kink and leather scene well over a decade ago and have been headstrong in their journey. For Trix, Leather is acceptance, learning to accept yourself and others, and in Leather, they have found an opportunity to grow their chosen family. They see the beauty of that, particularly for those whose bio-families turn away from them. They became the leader of a local group in their area in 2014 and have since hosted many munches and, with help from their family and Mentor, founded a successful intensive that has become an annual event called Vision. In their free time, Trix likes to curl up with their boys in a fluff pile and read anything about history or mythology, paint, or make some sort of culinary creation. They can often be found at events near the bootblack stands as blacking is a passion they have nutured for several years now.


Cell Popping 101

It burns so good! (Demo/discussion) Interested in branding? Perhaps interested but worried about permanent scarring? Have an insatiable taste for a bottoms enduring sacrifice? Ok, that may have been a little creepy. Cell-Popping is a newer art form that deswcends from a much older family of body scarification. Let’s learn the basics and safety, then have an opportunity for questions.


Crossing the Wires: Bringing Vanilla to Kink (roundtable discussion)

Have you ever had a friend you just knew was kinky deep down? I will discuss ways to ease them into the kink world with you and safe ways for them to be exposed without exposing yourself.

Doggo Oso

Doggo Oso has been a professional body piercer in Dallas since 1998. Believing that piercing is something between rite of passage and pure decoration, he’s joined many people on their journey to test their limits. He feels honored to be the one to share a bit of history while making people feel more beautiful in their own skin – however they choose to decorate it.

He has been involved in the kink community for many years. He is a board member of DFW Kennel Club, founding board member of Texas Puppy Club, and a current member of the Dallas Bears. He is a fixture in the DFW pup community and has made it a point to act as a mentor for anyone in the community that feels like his experience can be beneficial to them.

A true switch, Oso has a Master (Sir Spence) and a pup of his own (Pup Levi Hamiewert). His time spent on both sides of the kink coin have given him a well-rounded concept of what it means to be a sub and what it means to be a Dom.


Play Piercing

In this class, Oso will go over general biohazard basics, cross contamination, and general anatomy concerns when it comes to temporary piercings. This is not a crash course in professional body piercing and jewelry placement. Attendees should not expect to be able to perform complex body piercings or fully understand the intricacies of standard body piercings.

What attendees will get from his class will be some real hands-on experience for beginners and beyond in terms of how needle placement can be fun for the piercer and piercee. Play/temporary piercing can be an exhilarating addition to a scene, or a scene all its own. Those squeamish at the sight of needles and blood may want to sit at the back, but if you are interested in learning how to safely pierce enjoyable parts of the human anatomy, this is the class for you.


Pup and Handler 101

Feel the need to have intimate relationships with people that wag their butts? Enjoy learning what makes a pup bark or whine? Wondering how to handle a stubborn puppy? This might be the right class for you. Sir Spence and Doggo Oso will walk you through some simple concepts like finding the right pup for you, determining the best way to get your pup to act the way you want them to, and creating a safe and nurturing space for your pup be themselves.

Farrah

Farrah

Farrah graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a B.S. in psychology and child learning and development. She spent two years conducting research in a child development lab before continuing to her M.S. in Counseling and Development at Texas Woman’s University (TWU). She graduated during the pandemic and passed her licensing exam shortly after, and is currently licensed as an LPC-A (Supervised by Jett C. Roberts) where her practice almost exclusively serves the sexual minority community. While practicing as a therapist, she is continuing her education at Texas Woman’s University, working on a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Currently she is helping with a study on sexual communication and earning her certification as a sex therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). Her current plan for her Ph.D. dissertation topic is symbolic interaction in kink settings.

Farrah has been a member of the kink community since she was 18 and her path to becoming a therapist was created through her own attempts at finding a non-judgmental and kink friendly therapist. Throughout her education she has focused on sex positive perspectives and normalization of what has traditionally been perceived as “deviant sexuality.” Seeing a need for clinicians that do not psychopathologize the sexual minority community, she set out to not only become that therapist, but to educate those communities on how to better access mental health care. From the other end, she works to promote understanding and acceptance of the sexual minority community and normalize sexual minority culture.

When she is not working with clients or attending classes she volunteers with animal rescue, plays video games, collects books, is learning sword fighting, and enjoys a good tabletop RPG campaign. She has firmly accepted her status as a game geek and actively uses nerd culture to engage with clients. She is not only a member of the kink community, but also a former sex worker, a disaster pansexual, polyamorous, card carrying member of The Satanic Temple.


Codependency in polyamarous, ENM and Kink Community


Consent and Consent violations

Consent is more than “yes means yes” or accepting “no.”  Whether it’s communicating consent to a partner or addressing an accusation of consent violation, we’ve all struggled with some aspect of consent. This presentation explores why the concept of consent is so tricky and explores how to avoid common misconceptions and mistakes when negotiating scenes or responding to consent related issues.

Sir Athens

Sir Athens

Mark Athens (He/Him)

Athens is a Queer leatherman who leads a poly Master\slave house hold that focuses on personal growth, exploration, and service. Being born and raised in Kansas city, Athens is passionate about bar-bq, Chiefs football, and midwestern hospitality. Athens has been apart of the community at large since 2015 and has found a passion for engaging his local community as both a teacher and an erotic instigator. Giving people permission to explore there most deviant sexual desire by coining the term, “Why the Fuck Not” and flagging orange left. Often seen in the Dungeon telling dad jokes, goofing off, and being highly energetic, only to be balanced by his sadistic smile and devilishly sinful play.

Athens has served his local community and the community at large by serving on boards such as the Kansas City Pride Parade, Consent Kansas City Facilitator, and acting as a leather liaison with the Kansas City Ballroom Community. Athens is also a founding member of the Kansas City Bloodline Leather Family where he served for six years on their Leadership council. Being a member of local groups such as Alternative Humans Sexuality (AHS), Consent Kansas City, Kansas City Ballroom, and Titans of the Midwest.

Athens regularly presents workshops on a wide range of workshops that center around edgeplay and practical application. He is most often sought out to teach workshops on Fire play, unique deprivation, and edge play. Often mixing his classes with hands-on experience, stories, and dad jokes, he leaves his students with a very unique experience that is both engaging and fun.


Feel Less to Feel More

The manipulation of a person’s senses has been a time tested way to establish control, increase pleasure or pain, and build trust. Whether you’re a sensual top and bottom who seeks to increase the sensation of erogenous zones, or a sadistic top and masochistic bottom who wishes to inflict maximum pain with little effort, this class is for you! In this class we will explore how to safely deaden one sense in order to hyperstimulate another sense increasing either pleasure or pain for your bottom to experience. We will be using low cost and readily available materials to teach how to play in this dynamic and versatile style of play.


The Hillbilly Suture

Not your artistic, pretty, or even fancy medical suture. In this class we will work a down and dirty, quick and simple, functional and low cost suture style. Whether you want to turn your partner into a unique sally doll or to explore encumbrance bondage, or add some hyper sensation to your dynamic, this class is for you!