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Please add yourself to the waitlist. Spots are only transferred via the waitlist and we will contact you on a first come basis if a spot becomes available.
Registration is open only to graduates of the Initiation and Cultivation Intensives.
Little Scarab Presents a weeklong intensive with Rachel Brice:
The 8 Elements™ Intensive III: Culmination
October 8th - 15th, 2016 Portland, OR
Optional Testing Offered
8 Days in the Creative Nexus of Portland, OR
54 Hour Program | Space limited to 20 students
More information about Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ Approach here
Saturday 10/8 10am - 7pm
Sunday 10/9 10am - 6pm / 7:30pm - 9:30pm Lab
Monday 10/10 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10/11 DAY OFF
Wednesday 10/12 10am - 6pm / 7:30pm - 9:30pm Lab
Thursday 10/13 10am - 6pm
Friday 10/14 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10/15 10am - 12pm / 12:30pm - 1:45pm testing / 3:45pm - 6:30pm Lab / 8pm - 10pm Showcase
Showcase tickets here.
Schedule is subject to change. Please be sure to pick up a schedule when you arrive. 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 approach is not to teach a set style of belly dance, but to explore the underlying architecture of many dance styles, honoring traditions, while encouraging discovery, excellence, innovation and joy.
8 Elements™ Intensive III: Culmination
Culmination, Phase III of the 8 Elements™ training, continues with the refinement of technique and musicality, and focuses on improvisation, choreography, and performance elements of belly dance. In addition to daily technique training, participants will create original pieces. We will discuss group rehearsal, challenges presented by rehearsal and performance, and optimal conditions for group work.
Culmination is where the 8 Elements™ training is applied to actual experience in rehearsal and performance settings. At the completion of Phase III, participants will receive a document recognizing them as Practitioners of the 8 Elements™ approach. They may then be eligible for application to Phase IV, Teacher Training, provided that they complete all requirements and have consistently displayed respectful and positive behavior toward other participants and themselves throughout all three intensives.
Culmination is only open to dancers who have completed Initiation and Cultivation.
Registration fees include: 54 hours of instruction, rehearsal time/space for performance, expert guest teachers on specialized topics, professional theatre with lighting for showcase performance, professional quality video of your performance, and a study guide for the intensive.
Registration does not include testing fees, housing, transportation, & food.
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 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, and benefits of the Teaching certification can be found here.
Requirements for the Intensive
Completion of Phases I-II: Initiation and Cultivation, with testing and project requirements satisfied.
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 without injury.
Each participant must be at least 18 years of age.
Additional Pre-Intensive Requirements for Testing
We turn up the volume and ask a little more from you, knowing that with preparation you can handle it, and that you love to be pushed to the limit!
In preparation for Phase III: Culmination, if you are planning on testing for the Practitioner's Certification, we require you submit:
• One (1) book report to be turned in by the first day (no exceptions). Details after registration.
• Submit one (1) video of a solo or group choreography (no exceptions). Due 1st day of intensive. Details after registration.
How to Prepare For Testing
The written test for Phase III will encompass all three intensives, so, in short, you'll be studying more than the previous two intensives combined. Be sure you know all the material in study guides I and II before you get here to ease the process.
The practical test will focus on technique, and to obtain a Practitioner's Certification, you will need to achieve an "advanced-intermediate" level of technique proficiency in several areas which may include, but is not limited to: zils, spins, vocabulary, strength, posture, focus, flexibility, balance, agility, stamina, timing, and musicality.
Details about scoring rubric for the practical exam will be provided during the intensive.
The fee for testing is separate than registration and will be $100. Registration for testing will be handled separately at the intensive.
Testing fees include administration of written and practical tests, and final project components. You will receive detailed final project evaluation with a certificate upon completion.
To complete Phase III and be eligible for Phase IV, Transmission, participants will have 3 months to complete a final performance project that clearly displays their understanding of all 8 Elements. This final project will be detailed at the intensive.
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: (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.
Portland, Oregon Visitors Association (POVA) - Visit the official tourism and meeting website for Portland, Oregon.
Radio Cab: (503) 227-1212. A great way to get around in a jiffy.
Portland Citysearch - A great resource for finding all of the area hotspots.
Area Accommodations + Discounts
Datura 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 from POVA (Portland Visitors Association).
This map of inner SE Portland will acquaint you with the area and its offerings.
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. 503-230-0211. Email: email@example.com. Close to the studio and a favorite of past Cultivation attendees.
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.
To book your room at the special discounted rate:
Go to: res.jupiterhotel.com
Enter : ARTS into the promo code slot
Book your room!
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 $55-$65.
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.
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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 question please contact the event organizer. Thank you for reading this message!
Please be certain you can attend before registering, as registration is not refundable, returnable, or transferable to a future intensive. No exceptions.
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 90 days before the first day of class, so the purchasing party has time to arrange travel/accommodations and prepare for the intensive.
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. 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.
Photo by: A Karno Photography
When & Where
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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