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Rachel Brice

Rachel Brice first fell in love with Belly Dance at 16 years old, when she saw The Gypsy Moor Dancers (who later became Hahbi’Ru) at a Renaissance Faire, and started classes with Atesh immediately. Soon after, she discovered a video of Suhaila Salimpour which she obsessively studied. She began making her living by performing American Cabaret Belly Dance at restaurants and teaching yoga while putting herself through school.

A decade later she discovered Carolena Nericcio’s American Tribal Style, which shifted her aesthetic from nightclub to nomad, and Jill Parker became her technique inspiration. She then studied several world and contemporary dance forms as she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance Ethnology. The fresh immersion in these dance forms and exposure to San Francisco culture began to mix with her 10 years as a restaurant dancer, and she (unwittingly) started to blend these influences and create something new.

In 2001 she was accidentally discovered by rock mogul Miles Copeland, and toured for several years with his company, The Bellydance Superstars. Through The BDSS, Rachel had the opportunity to work with the incredible Mardi Love, who quickly became her hero and muse. Mardi had also started with Cabaret before discovering Tribal, and as they made dances and costumes together for BDSS, a new style, influenced by the late 1800s to 1920s, emerged. These international tours, along with the newly born YouTube, sparked a global interest in this emerging style of Belly Dance, which has gone on to grow, change, and evolve.

Today, Rachel studies with her teachers Carolena Nericcio and Gary Kraftsow. Whenever possible, she takes classes with her colleagues.

When not teaching on the road, she lives and teaches at her home studio Datura, located in Portland Oregon.

Photo Credit: Carrie Meyer, The Dancers Eye

 

2017 Cues and Tattoos Workshop

 

Shake It Up & Break It Down– Friday March 31  – 9:00am-12:00pm

 

Int / Adv Choreo: Can you handle 3/4 shimmies at top speed?! If not, learn how!

In this workshop we’ll learn 8 different approaches to our old friend the 3/4, including shimmies on the up, on the down, with different accents and foot patterns. Be sure that you’re comfortable with 3/4 shimmies on the up and on the down to get the most out of this class. Aaaand bring some water. We’re gonna need it.

 

Datura Style™ Combos for Improvisation, Class One: Tricky-Gooey-Shimmy Combos- Friday March 31  – 3:00pm-5:00pm

 

Learn belly dance combinations that combine American Cabaret and Fusion belly dance styles, with a heavy dose of rhythmic interpretation and emphasis on posture, arm placement, and huge, relaxed hip-work. Use these combinations in your next choreography or integrate the Datura Style™ Combos into your group’s improvisational vocabulary.

Experience with belly dance recommended. Brush up on your spins and ATS® for this one, and bring a towel and water bottle.

What is Datura Style™?
Datura Style is an umbrella term that encompasses both a technique method and a dance vocabulary. This style has emerged from Rachel’s years spent integrating, fusing, and distilling a number of dance influences.

The aesthetic presentation for Datura’s vocabulary is primarily inspired by: Jamila and Suhaila Salimpour’s belly dance technique in the video Suhaila Dances for the Sultan, Masha Archer’s approach to “moving sculptural composition,” Carolena Nericcio’s polished and organized placement of the body and presentation of improvisational vocabulary for groups, Jill Parker’s posture and serpentine technique, John Compton’s joyful approach to dance, Mardi Love’s dedication to quality materials, and contemporary approaches to improvisation.

Datura Style™ is designed to complement other forms, in addition to being a complete expression of her own.

Past / Present / Future: Arabic Rhythms in Electronic Music:  Beg / Int Choreo- Saturday April 1 – 9:00am-12:00pm

 

As belly dancers, we’ve always known that Arabic rhythms make you want to dance, and western popular music is catching on in a big way. We’ll learn versatile combos that work with both a classic belly dance set and on a festival stage to electronic music, and we’ll dance them to both types of music.

Bonus: getting these combos in your body will help you remember the rhythms once you leave class! Please bring a yoga mat, water, and a way to record yourself after class.

 

Datura Style™ Combos for Improvisation, Class Two: Slo-Mo Vocabulary and Structured Improvisation – Sunday April 2 – 9:00am- 12:00pm

 

Learn belly dance combinations that combine American Cabaret and Fusion belly dance styles, with a heavy dose of rhythmic interpretation and emphasis on posture, arm placement, and huge, relaxed hip-work. Use these combinations in your next choreography or integrate the Datura Style™ Combos into your group’s improvisational vocabulary.

Experience with belly dance recommended. Brush up on your spins and ATS® for this one, and bring a towel and water bottle.

What is Datura Style™?
Datura Style is an umbrella term that encompasses both a technique method and a dance vocabulary. This style has emerged from Rachel’s years spent integrating, fusing, and distilling a number of dance influences.

The aesthetic presentation for Datura’s vocabulary is primarily inspired by: Jamila and Suhaila Salimpour’s belly dance technique in the video Suhaila Dances for the Sultan, Masha Archer’s approach to “moving sculptural composition,” Carolena Nericcio’s polished and organized placement of the body and presentation of improvisational vocabulary for groups, Jill Parker’s posture and serpentine technique, John Compton’s joyful approach to dance, Mardi Love’s dedication to quality materials, and contemporary approaches to improvisation.

Datura Style™ is designed to complement other forms, in addition to being a complete expression of her own.