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Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ Intensive III : Culmination, September 2nd - 9th, 2017

Little Scarab

Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:00 PM (PDT)

Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ Intensive III :...

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8 Elements Intensive III: Culmination - Weeklong Workshop Registration
54 hour program. Testing offered.
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If you didn't get a spot, please sign up for the waitlist here. We may contact you if a spot becomes available. Thanks! 

Registration is open only to graduates of the Initiation and Cultivation Intensives.  Registration for Culmination is organized by time slots based upon when you took Cultivation.  Please register during your assigned time slot. Early registrations will be refunded and you may miss your opportunity to register.


Little Scarab Presents a weeklong intensive with Rachel Brice:

The 8 Elements™ Intensive III: Culmination

September 2nd - 9th, 2017 Portland, OR

Optional Testing Offered

Rachel Brice's 8 Elements Approach

8 Days in the Creative Nexus of Portland, OR

54 Hour Program | Space limited

More information about Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ Approach here


Saturday 9/2             10am - 6:30pm

Sunday 9/3               10am - 6pm

Monday 9/4              10am - 6pm

Tuesday 9/5              DAY OFF

Wednesday 9/6        10am - 6pm / 7:30pm - 9:30pm Lab

Thursday 9/7            10am - 6pm

Friday 9/8                10am - 6pm

Saturday 9/9            10am - 4pm Class / 4:30pm - 6:30pm Testing / 8:30pm - 10:30pm Dance Lab

Schedule is subject to change, changes will be posted on this page. 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 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 compositional studies. We will discuss group rehearsal, challenges presented by rehearsal and performance, and optimal conditions for group work.

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.

Primary objectives of Phase III:

  • Honing Datura Style™ technique: Polishing and mastering technique to become a certified 8 Elements Practitioner
  • Collaborative work: Gain experience with dance composition concepts, group rehearsal dynamics, and prepare for your final project composition

In this intensive, you will:

  • Practice compositional principles in collaborative groups to prepare for your final project 
  • Gain experience with solo improvisation
  • Get feedback about your technique and dance making skills
  • Perform your dance studies for the class 
  • Learn tons of Datura Vocabulary and experience group improvisation
  • Drill technique studies and conditioning practices daily
  • Participate in a morning discussion about group work, group dynamics, and critical response
  • Have nightly homework that reinforces concepts from class. Topics include: Dance, Arabic music, kinesthetic learning, skill building, giving and receiving feedback, and collaboration
  • Learn and dance with a densely-packed zil composition

Culmination is open to dancers who have completed Initiation and Cultivation. 

Rachel Brice by Carrie Meyer

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 can be found here, and additional information about Datura Style™ 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:

  • Two (2) book reports to be turned in by the first day (no exceptions). Details after registration.
  • There will also be nightly homework during the week of the intensive. 

How to Prepare For Testing

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.

Final Project

To complete Phase III and be eligible for Phase IV, Transmission, participants will complete a final performance project that clearly displays their understanding of all 8 Elements. This final project will be detailed at the intensive and participants will complete and submit the final project in the months following the intensive. 

Portland Resources

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. Many past Initiates have had success with 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: 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 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.

To book your room at the special discounted rate:

Go to:

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. 

Connect with other workshop attendees on the Facebook group.

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.

Photo by: A Karno Photography

Photo by: A Karno Photography

Have questions about Rachel Brice's 8 Elements™ Intensive III : Culmination, September 2nd - 9th, 2017? Contact Little Scarab

When & Where

1847 E Burnside, #103
Portland, OR 97232

Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:00 PM (PDT)

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