I recently received my 8 Elements Datura Style™ Teacher Certification from my teacher, Rachel Brice, and I want to share with you what exactly that means! This certification represents over 250 hours of belly dance study over the last four years. It's been a long process and I've constantly been incorporating what I've been learning into how I dance and how I teach, so the piece of paper doesn't make a big difference from this week to next week's classes.
The exciting thing is that I can now officially share with you the tools and techniques that have been so profoundly helpful to me! I'm super excited about that. The 8 Elements Approach has breathed new life into my dance and my approach to practice. I'm confident that this approach will lead to longevity in dance because of the emphasis on healthy biomechanics as well as the development of a positive mindset and supportive community.
Here's a summary from my teacher, Rachel's, website: "Achieving the 8 Elements Datura Style™ Teacher Certification means these dancers have learned to teach Datura Style Technique® (Rachel Brice's approach to Fusion Belly Dance), Datura steps and combinations, and principles and sequences for a healthy dance practice in a classroom or workshop setting."
Datura Style is a fusion style of belly dance that incorporates influences from American Tribal Style® belly dance, Jamila and Suhaila Salimpour, as well as Rachel Brice's signature stylizations derived from her study from other teachers and personal practice.
Part of what's important to me as an 8 Elements Teacher is an emphasis on growth mindset and positive framing. Everyone deserves the opportunity to experience the sheer joy and satisfaction of moving their own body freely, and I'm here to facilitate that experience for you. There are 8 Elements Teachers all over the world ready to help you if you're not local to me! Find one near you!
Next week we'll work on the fundamentals of Datura Style Technique, which will give you two technique practices to keep your isolations on point, and after that 8-week series, we'll dig in to some super fun Datura Style combinations which you can plug into group improv or use in your own choreography.