The 8 Elements™, Initiation: Testing with Rachel Brice: March 11th, 2015
- Studio Nia, Portland OR
Registration was only open for those who have tested and passed the test for Initiation
Little Scarab Presents a weeklong intensive with Rachel Brice:
The 8 Elements™ Intensive II: Cultivation
July 27th - August 3rd, Portland, OR
Optional Testing Offered
8 Days in the Creative Nexus of Portland, OR
50 Hour Program
More information about Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ Approach here
Saturday 7/27 10:30 am - 7:30pm
Sunday 7/28 10:30 am - 5:30pm / 7:00pm - 9:00pm Adornment Lab
Monday 7/29 10:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 7/30 DAY OFF
Wednesday 7/31 10:30am - 5:30pm / 7:00pm - 9:00pm Rhythm Lab
Thursday 8/1 10:30am - 5:30pm
Friday 8/2 10:30am - 6:30pm
Saturday 8/3 10:30am - 5:30pm / 6:00pm - 8:00pm testing / 8:30 - 10:30 Hafla
Attendence at all scheduled events is required for participants who are testing.
Rachel's Portland Studio:
1847 E Burnside St., Portland OR 97214
This map of inner SE Portland will acquaint you with the area and its offerings.
The 8 Elements™ Approach Overview
The 8 Elements™ is a technique-based approach developed by Rachel Brice. It is rooted in tribal fusion, american tribal and american cabaret belly dance styles, other contemporary and ethnic dance forms, and viniyoga™.
The 8 Elements™ is a multi-phase training designed to impart a strong, creative and dynamic foundation to one’s belly dance practice, and as a way to complement and converse with the many belly dance styles. The intention of this student-centered approach is not to teach a set style of belly dance, but rather, seeks to explore the underlying architecture of many dance styles, honoring traditions, while encouraging discovery, excellence, innovation and joy.
8 Elements™ Intensive II: Cultivation
Cultivation, phase two of the 8 Elements™ training, continues the focus on technique and creativity as engines for expression while expanding the dancer’s creative ‘toolbox’ for building a unique approach to vocabulary, musicality, adornment, improvisation, and choreography. This intensive goes deeper into the fundamentals of belly dance technique and yoga asana, exploring Rachel’s dance vocabulary, shared vocabularies, while practicing solo and group improvisation. Participants will create original choreographies, expand proficiency in musicality and odd-metered rhythms, and explore design for adornment. Initiation is an overview of a well-rounded dance practice, and in Cultivation the approach is advanced and refined to support the dancer’s process of development and discovery.
Cultivation is open to dancers who have completed phase one, Initiation.
Testing for Recognition and Certification
The 8 Elements™ intensives are intended as an approach for exploration and development of one’s personal dance practice, with the opportunity to join a network of other practitioners and teachers who have displayed a degree of commitment and proficiency in the approach through testing for recognition at each phase with two culminating certifications offered: A Practicioner’s Certification and a Teacher’s Certification.
The Practicioner’s Certification will be offered for participants who complete phases I - III and who satisfy the requirements and testing for each phase. The Teacher’s Certification will be offered after the completion of the Practicioner’s Certification and phase IV, the Teacher Training phase and it’s requirements. A document of recognition at each phase will also be provided for those who complete and have passed the testing for each phase. Participants who complete all phases and testing, earning the Teacher’s Certification, will be certified to teach the 8 Elements™ approach.
More information about Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ method and a FAQ can be found here.
Requirements for the Intensive
Completion of Phase I: Initiation and passed testing.
A minimum of 1 year of belly dance training.
English language proficiency in both reading and writing.
A willingness to work with others and actively participate in an intensive group setting.
The ability to dance at least 7+ hours per class day.
18 years of age.
Below are some resources to help you get here and plan your stay.
Portland International Airport (PDX) Visit the official Port of Portland site for airport and passenger services.
Blue Star Airport Shuttle Phone:(503) 249-1837 Visit this site to arrange ground transportation.
TriMet - MAX Light Rail Portland's award winning public transportation. You can ride the Max directly from the airport to many locations in central Portland. More information here: http://trimet.org/
Portland, Oregon Visitors Association (POVA) - Visit the official tourism and meeting website for Portland, Oregon.
Radio Cab: A great way to get around in a jiffy - (503) 227-1212
Portland Citysearch - A great resource for finding all of the area hotspots.
Area Accommodations + Discounts
Rachel's new studio is near the center of Portland on the east side of the river. The following is a list of places to stay. You can find additional hotel information fromPOVA(Portland Visitors Association). More information about fun activities and sights in Portland will be included with your registration.
The Eastside Lodge: Basic accommodation. 10 - 15 minute walking distance from the studio. Mention "Little Scarab" when booking by phone and receive 20% off the business rate. 949 East Burnside, Portland, OR 97214 - (503) 234-8411.
The Everett Street Guest House: http://www.everettstreetguesthouse.com/ 2306 NE Everett St., Portland, OR. 97232 - 503-230-0211 email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Close to the studio and a favorite of past Cultivation attendees.
16th Avenue Walk-Ups: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/28153. These four charming studios, a 10 minute walk from Datura, are available through airbnb.com. Other 8 Elements folks have stayed here and had a great experience. Reviews are avaialable on the site listings. Be sure to check for availability in all studios - A,B,C & D. (503) 318-8338.
The Jupiter Hotel: One of the closer hotels to the studio at less than .5 miles away and close to central Portland and downtown. It is a little rock n' roll so don't expect peace and quiet.
To book your room at the special discounted rate:
Go to: res.jupiterhotel.com
Enter : ARTS into the promo code slot
Book your room!
The Lion and the Rose Victorian B&B Inn: A very nice B&B, about 15 minute drive or 30 minute walk from the studio. www.lionrose.com. 1810 Northeast 15th Avenue, Portland, OR 97212, (503) 287-9245
Portland Hawthorne Hostel: www.portlandhostel.org - 3031 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland - (503) 236-3380. 25 minute walk to the studio, in the middle of the happening Hawthorne district and private rooms from around $55.
Portland Hawthorne Guesthouse: 20 minute walk from studio and downtown and very close to Hawthorne. This economical guesthouse is no frills and serviceable. 1235 Southeast Salmon Street, Portland, OR 97214, (503) 233-1643, portlandhawthorneguesthouse.com
Airbnb.com: Some past Initiates have had success with airbnb.com. It connects people who have space to rent with people who perhaps want an alternative to a hotel. Kind of like timesharing. We can not recommend it per se as it is a listing sight but there are many reviews and it's worth a look.
Connect with other workshop attendees on the Facebook event page.
To prepare for the intensive you can take class with Rachel now on Datura Online.
Terms of Service:
Please be certain you wish to register for this intensive as it is not refundable or returnable.
In the case where a registrant is unable to attend, it is their responsibility to sell their spot and notify the event organizer with the new registrant's email and name. Registrations can not be transferred within 30 days before the first day of class.
The intensive can not be taken in part or shared between more than one person.
If workshop sells out please sign up for the waitlist and post your interest on the Facebook event page wall. The waitlist is not for public use.
Little Scarab and Rachel Brice retain the right to refuse registration, enrollment or participation to anyone at any time.
These provisions may sound tough but trust us they are necessary to guarantee the best experience for all participants. If you have any question please contact the event organizer. Thank you.
Photo by: A Karno Photography
Little Scarab is an arts and entertainment management and production company presenting workshops, retreats, educational media, merchandise and performance events featuring Rachel Brice and The Indigo Belly Dance.
Little Scarab also manages Datura, a belly dance studio in Portland, OR.
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