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Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ Intensive I: Initiation, March 19th - 23rd, 2018

Little Scarab

Monday, March 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM (PDT)

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8 Elements Intensive 1: Initiation Registration
5 day, 36 hour program. Optional testing offered.
Ended $650.00 $17.24
Deposit: The 8 Elements Initiation Intensive
Payment plan option. Deposit of $325 secures your spot. One additional payment of $325 will be scheduled. Due to eventbrite fees your final ticket price may be slightly higher than the original. An email will be sent with information about making the remaining payments.
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If you didn't get a spot, please post your interest on the facebook event page as people often sell their spots before the intensive. Please also sign up for the waitlist here. Thanks!

If you're interested in receiving 8 Elements program announcements, including scholarships, training dates, and registration details via email, then please join our 8 Elements™mailing list here.

 Little Scarab Presents a five day intensive with Rachel Brice:

The 8 Elements™ Intensive I : Initiation

March 19th - 23rd, 2018 Portland, OR

Class size limited

36 Hour Program | Optional Testing Offered


Monday 3/19            10am - 5pm

Tuesday 3/20            10am - 5pm

Wednesday 3/21       10am - 5pm / 6:30pm - 8:30pm Costume Cafe

Thursday 3/22           10am - 5pm

Friday 3/23                10am - 4pm / 4:30pm - 6:30pm Testing / 8pm - 9pm Signing (attendance optional) / 9pm - 11pm Hafla & Dance Lab (attendance required)

**On time attendance in all sessions (except for the signing) is required for testing.

The 8 Elements™ Approach Overview

The 8 Elements™ is a process-centered approach developed by Rachel Brice. It is rooted in 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 I : Initiation

Initiation, Phase I of the 8 Elements™ training, 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. Through Initiation, participants are introduced to the key concepts of the approach which encompass 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 begin to build effective and dynamic dances, whether improvised or choreographed, solo or with others. 

Initiation is open to all levels of dancers, from the familiar beginner (1+ year of experience) to the seasoned performer seeking to strengthen the foundation of their dance.  

Testing Recognition and Certification

Registration for testing is here.

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 and two culminating certifications: A Practitioner's Certification and a Teaching Certification.

The Practitioner's Certification will be offered for participants who complete Phases I - III and who satisfy the requirements and testing for each phase. The Teaching Certification will be offered after the completion of Phase IV, the Teacher Training phase and its requirements. Participants who complete all phases, projects, and testing, earning the Teaching Certification, will be certified to teach material from the 8 Elements Datura Style™ approach.

More information about Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ method is here and a FAQ can be found here.

 Requirements for the Intensive 

  • A minimum of 1 year of belly dance training.
  • English language proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking.
  • A willingness to work with others and actively participate in an intensive group setting.
  • Students are at least 18 years old.
  • The ability to dance at least 6 hours per class day.



918 SW Yamhill St, 4th Floor

Portland, OR 97205

StudioNia is located on the 4th floor of the Pythian Building in the heart of downtown Portland.

Here's a map of StudioNia and nearby places of interest.

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 from POVA (Portland Visitors Association).

Paramount Hotel:  808 SW Taylor, Portland, OR 97205. 503-223-9900. 2 blocks from StudioNia. 

Special rate when you reserve your room online at, enter "NIATE" under Corporate ID to receive your discount. Mention that you are with a Nia Intensive Training for phone reservations.

Hotel deLuxe: 729 SW 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97205. 503-219-2094

Reserve your room on-line and receive a special client appreciation discount rate at this link:

Hotel Modera: 515 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201. 877-484-1084.

The Crystal Hotel: 303 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205. 503-972-2670 / 855-205-3930.  Located just 8 blocks from StudioNia with the added bonus of a soaking pool. Invite your friends over after class to soak those sore muscles.

Mark Spencer Hotel:  409 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97205. 503-224-3293 | 800-548-3934.  A 10 minute walk to StudioNia. When booking online, follow the directions below to receive a discount:

1. Visit and scroll all the way to the bottom of the page. Click the little blue tab that says “Group Log In”
2. Enter Group ID as 8ELEMENT
3. Enter Password as 8ELEMENT2018
4. Enter dates and reserve as normal.

Northwest Portland Hostel:  425 NW 18th Ave, Portland, OR 97209. 503-241-2783. A 20 minute walk to StudioNia. 

Portland Guest House:  2185 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209. 503-224-0500 / 877-228-0500. A 20 minute walk to StudioNia, or easy Street Car Ride. European-style accommodations for the budget minded, independent traveler.

AirBnB: A peer to peer website that allows private residencies to rent their rooms or apartments out to guests. Based upon a review system so be sure to do your research. Many attendees have found great deals here.

Connect with other workshop attendees on the Facebook Event page.

To prepare for the intensive you can start class with Rachel now on Datura Online.

Questions? Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.

If you're interested in receiving 8 Elements program announcements, including scholarships, training dates, and registration details via email, then please join our 8 Elements™ mailing list here.

Terms of Service:

Please be certain you wish to register for this intensive as it is non-refundable nor exchangeable to another intensive.

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. 

The intensive cannot be taken in part or shared between more than one person.

If workshop sells out please sign up for the wait list and post your interest on the Facebook event page wall. The wait list is not for public use.

Little Scarab and Rachel Brice retain the right to refuse registration, enrollment or participation to anyone at any time before or during the workshop.

RB w/ Brass Menazeri

Have questions about Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ Intensive I: Initiation, March 19th - 23rd, 2018? Contact Little Scarab

When & Where

918 SW Yamhill St, 4th Floor
Portland, OR 97205

Monday, March 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM (PDT)

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Little Scarab

Little Scarab is an arts and entertainment management and production company presenting workshops, retreats, educational media, merchandise and performance events featuring Rachel Brice.

Little Scarab also manages Datura, a belly dance studio in Portland, OR and Datura Online, a resource for online belly dance classes and fitness videos.

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