Today, Rachel studies Belly Dance with her teachers Carolena Nericcio, creator of American Tribal Style, and Yoga with Gary Kraftsow. Whenever possible, she takes classes with her colleagues. When not teaching on the road, she lives in Portland, Oregon where she's opened a studio, Datura which lives in the real world and online, and has begun a production company, Little Scarab, with her partner, Sol Crawford. Together they've created a comprehensive Belly Dance training program called the 8 Elements™ of Belly Dance. Someday they hope to own a dog and tend a garden.
About the 8 Elements™
The 8 Elements™ Approach
The 8 Elements™ is a technique-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 process-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.
The 8 Elements™ Instruction
The 8 Elements™ approach is taught through multi-phase intensives which explore 8 key concepts, building from the simple to the complex, with the purpose of developing a healthy dance practice while demystifying the process of dance making.
The 8 Elements™ approach encompasses biomechanics, vocabulary development, improvisation, choreography, musicality, practice development, tribal belly dance history, costuming, and performance preparation and experience. Participants in intensives will come away with a toolbox full of methods and concepts to improve technique, stimulate creativity, and build effective and dynamic dances, whether improvised or choreographed, solo or with others.