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Little Scarab Presents a Unique Weeklong Intensive with Rachel Brice:
8 Elements™ Intensive 1: Initiation
April 2nd - 6th, Portland, OR
Optional Certification Offered
5 Days in the Creative Nexus of Portland, OR
30 Hours of Instruction
Saturday 4/2 1:30pm - 7:30pm
Sunday 4/3 1:30pm - 6:30pm
Monday 4/4 10:30am - 4:30pm / 8pm - 10pm Costume Cafe
Tuesday 4/5 10:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 4/6 10:30am - 4:30pm / 5:30 - 7:30 testing / 8pm - 10pm Hafla
The 8 Elements™ Overview
The 8 Elements™ is a technique-based method 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™ approach was designed to impart a strong and dynamic foundation to your 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 you a set style of belly dance, but rather, it seeks to explore the underlying architecture of belly dance, honoring traditions while encouraging discovery, excellence, innovation and joy.
8 Elements™ Intensive 1: Initiation
Intensive 1: Initiation introduces and explores 8 key concepts building from the simple to the complex with the purpose of laying a foundation to unlock the "how" of dance making and healthy dance practice. The 8 Elements™ approach encompasses biomechanics, vocabulary development, improvisation, choreography, musicality, practice development, belly dance history, costuming, and performance preparation and experience. Participants in this intensive will come away with a tool box full of methods and concepts to improve technique, stimulate creativity, and build effective and dynamic dances, whether improvised or choreographed, solo or with others.
This intensive is open to all levels of dancers, from the familiar beginner to the seasoned performer seeking to strengthen the foundation of their dance.
The 8 Elements™ intensive is designed to be taken with or without certification and testing. It is intended as an approach for exploration and development in one's dance practice, with the opportunity to join a network of other practitioners who have displayed a degree of commitment and proficiency in the method through optional certification.
Certification is not for everyone, nor should it be. We provide this option for those who would find it valuable to have a public demonstration of the completion of this course's requirements. Many people may find that the increased expectations of their progress encourage them to work to much higher degree. These intensives are not about the tests. We see certification as a tool to serve your education and development.
More information about Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ method and a FAQ can be found here.
918 SW Yamhill St, 4th Floor
StudioNia is located on the 4th floor of the Pythian Building in the heart of downtown Portland.
Nagasita presents the always opulent Salon L'Orient on the evening of the 3rd. Rachel will perform as guest with many other talented dancers. For tix and info please go here.
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 Redline Train directly from Portland International Airport to the "Galleria/SW 10th Avenue" stop one block north of StudioNia.
Portland, Oregon Visitors Association (POVA) - Visit the official tourism and meeting website for Portland, Oregon.
Portland Citysearch - A great resource for finding all of the area hotspots.
Area Accommodations + Discounts
StudioNia is located in the heart of Portland's Downtown.The following is a list of places to stay. You can find additional hotel information fromPOVA(Portland Visitors Association).
The Nines Hotel: www.thenines.com 525 SW MorrisonPortland, OR 972045 blocks from StudioNia 877-229-9995 -OR- 503-222-9996 $109/night Special Nia Rate (use the Corporate Account Number 374543 to receive your discount)
Paramount Hotel: www.portlandparamount.com. 808 SW TaylorPortland, OR 97205. 2 blocks from StudioNia: 503-223-9900 / 1-800-663-1144. $99/night when you stay for 5 or more nights (NIA5), or $109/night when staying less than 5 nights (NIATE) -double occupancy (Nia Group Rate) Reserve your room online using the Account "NIA5" or "NIATE" to receive your discountor mention that you are with a Nia Intensive Training for phone reservations.
Hotel Modera: www.hotelmodera.com 515 SW ClayPortland, OR 97201. 503-484-1084.
The Ace Hotel: 1022 SW Stark St.,Portland, OR 97205:(503) 228-2277. www.acehotel.com
15% Discount when you mention Nia
Mark Spencer Hotel: 409 SW 11th AvePortland, OR 9720510 minute walk to StudioNia 503-224-3293 | 800-548-3934Ask about their apartments availble for weekly rental! Mention Nia and receive a Discount
Portland Int'l Hostel: Northwest. www.2oregonhostels.com. 1818 NW GlisanPortland, OR 97209. 20 minute walk to StudioNia, or easy Street Car Ride. 503-909-4776 | 800-909-4776
Portland Guest House: www.pdxguesthouse.com 2185 NW Flanders St. Portland, OR 9720920 minute walk to StudioNia, or easy Street Car RideEuropean-style accommodations for the budget minded, independent traveler.
Connect with other workshop attendees on the Facebook event page here.
All registration spots are non-refundable. 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. Email littlescarabproductions at gmail dot com.
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. Waitlist is not for public use. Thank you.
918 SW Yamhill St, 4th Floor
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.
Connect with Little Scarab here.