Registration opens April 20th, 2017 at 11 am PDT
Registration Time Slots
11 AM - 2010 - 2014 Initation Intensives
11:15 AM - 2015 Initation Intensives
11:30 AM - March 2016 Intensive
11:45 AM - May 2016 Initation Intensive
Registration is open only to graduates of the Initiation Intensive or by application (more info on applications here).
Registration for Cultivation is organized by time slots based upon when you took Initiation. Please register during your assigned time slot. Early registrations will be refunded and you may miss your opportunity to register.
Little Scarab Presents a week-long intensive with Rachel Brice:
The 8 Elements™ Intensive II: Cultivation
October 14th - 21st, 2017 Portland, OR
Optional Testing Offered
8 Days in the Creative Nexus of Portland, OR
57 Hour Program | Space limited
Saturday 10/14 10am - 6:30pm
Sunday 10/15 10am - 6pm / 7:30pm - 9:30pm Stage Makeup Presentation
Monday 10/16 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10/17 DAY OFF
Wednesday 10/18 10am - 6pm / 7:30pm - 9:30pm Rhythm Lab
Thursday 10/19 10am - 6pm
Friday 10/20 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10/21 10am - 6pm / 6:30pm - 8:30pm testing / 9:30 - 11:30 Hafla
Attendance at all scheduled events is required for participants who are testing, no exceptions.
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 process-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 II 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 combinations, expand proficiency in musicality and learn common arabic 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 I, Initiation.
Testing for Recognition and Certification
The fee for testing is separate than registration and will be $50. Registration for testing will be handled separately at the intensive.
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.
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 reading, writing, and speaking.
- 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 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.
Airbnb.com: Many 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.
The Everett Street Guest House: 2306 NE Everett St, Portland, OR 97232. 503-830-0650. Email: email@example.com. Close to the studio and a favorite of past attendees. Mention that you are with Datura and receive a 10% discount. Be sure book directly with the Everett Street Guest House to get the best rate: You can book online at www.everettstreetguesthouse.com or by phone (503-830-0650).
The Jupiter Hotel: 800 E Burnside, Portland, OR 97214. (503)-230-9200 / 877-800-0004. 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.
Portland Hawthorne Hostel: 3031 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, OR 97214. (503) 236-3380. A 25 minute walk to the studio, in the middle of the happening Hawthorne district and private rooms from around $60-$75.
Portland Hawthorne Guesthouse: 1235 SE Salmon, Portland, OR 97214. (503) 233-1643. A 20 minute walk from studio and downtown and very close to Hawthorne. This economical guesthouse is no frills and serviceable.
The Eastside Lodge: 949 E Burnside, Portland, OR 97214. (503) 234-8411. Basic and somewhat urban/gritty accommodation, not recommended if you need more than basic 'rough' accommodation. 10 - 15 minute walking distance from the studio and very conveniently located to lots of eateries. Mention "Little Scarab" when booking by phone and receive 20% off the business rate.
Connect with other workshop attendees on the Facebook group.
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.
Terms of Service: These requirements are tough, and we have found through our experience that they are necessary to guarantee the best experience for everyone. If you have any questions that are not addressed on the FAQ please contact the event organizer. Thank you for reading this message!
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. No exceptions.
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 before or during the workshop.
These provisions are necessary to guarantee the best experience for all participants. Sorry, no exceptions. Thank you.
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