THE Crossroads Sept 14-17 • Darlington, MD
soumise brings her lifelong passions for movement, education, and helping people with her into the BDSM lifestyle. A former professional ballet dancer turned world ranked international style ballroom competitor, soumise has spent her 30-year career blending the artistry of dance with the sciences of biomechanics, anatomy, kinesiology, rehabilitation and exercise. With her Master's encouragement, soumise has been enjoying the integration of her professional interests with her lifestyle training and experiences. soumise presents diverse workshops and educational events that engage, inform, and entertain participants of all levels in a variety of subjects. She holds certifications in a wide variety of movement and somatic modalities and will usually think to ask "do you really want to know" before she totally geeks out in her answers to questions in these areas. Her time is divided between working with her clients and students, training instructors and helping her Master, Sir Vice, with Limits Unleashed LLC. She also enjoys turning cocktails into cupcakes for the monthly munch her Master hosts and making lifestyle friendly clothing for her Etsy store, ViceDeSoumise1.
Rope, Does a Body Good
Interested in taking your scene to the next level? Enjoy longer play, reduced injury potential and maximize your enjoyment and movement. This workshop will teach you how to use rope to improve your strength and flexibility without the need for a partner. Learn exercises to that help you to avoid injury, manage pain and reduce your limitations. You will need a length of rope that is at least 8 feet long (softer fiber rope ‒ eg nylon - may be more comfortable for this purpose). Clothing that allows you to move freely is helpful. Several of the exercises will involve lying on the floor (if you want to bring a towel or mat with you).
Exploring Consent from the Right Side of the Slash
Consent - sometimes itʼs easy to negotiate and sometimes itʼs not. When you know youʼre going to be negotiating a scene, you can get into the right headspace to state your boundaries and limits and feel comfortable in the negotiations...but what about all the other times consent issues come up?
• The challenges of online communities
• A stranger touches you without asking
• Someone you are friendly with socially, assumes more contact than you are comfortable with
• Someone makes comments or advances towards you that make you uncomfortable
In addition to discussing the challenges of these and other situations, weʼll use exercises to gain practice handling ourselves in them and talk about ways of dealing with the aftermath of consent violations.