What is Datura Style™?
DATURA STYLE belly dance refers to BOTH A dance vocabulary AND an approach to technique THAT CAN BE USED FOR CHOREOGRAPHY AND IMPROVISATION.
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The Datura Style has emerged from Rachel Brice’s study, practice, and career as a dancer: After working as as a cabaret-style belly dancer in Arabic nightclubs (performing improvisationally to live music) for over a decade, she obtained a degree in Dance Ethnology and shortly after, founded The Indigo Belly Dance Company. The Indigo choreographed and toured internationally with Bellydance Superstars for 5 years. None of her work would have been possible without the dedication and innovation of the many dancers that came before her, therefore it's impossible to describe this style without acknowledging its roots.
THE AESTHETIC PRESENTATION FOR DATURA’S DANCE VOCABULARY IS 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;
- Fifi Abdou’s incredibly relaxed, polished, and expressive approach to both technique and improvisation; and
- John Compton’s humor;
- Mardi Love’s musicality and dedication to authentic materials for costume.
THE APPROACH TO CONDITIONING FOR THIS STYLE IS INSPIRED BY:
- The conditioning for African-Haitan dance by Katharine Dunham, called Dunham Technique
- Viniyoga’s approach to sequencing and biomechanics;
- Stott Pilates’ 5 Basic Principles of awareness for biomechanics of movement;
- Horton Technique’s approach to dance training using“studies” as technique choreographies;
- the Jazz approach to a naming convention for dance.
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The Datura Style™ Teaching Certification is offered through 8 Elements™ intensives. Information about the 8 Elements program and certification can be found here.