Datura Style (Tribal Fusion)
What is Datura Style? Datura Style is an umbrella term that encompasses both a technique method and a dance vocabulary that can be used for both choreography and improvisation.
The aesthetic presentation for Datura’s vocabulary is inspired by: 1. Jamila and Suhaila Salimpour’s belly dance technique in the video Suhaila Dances for the Sultan.
2. Masha Archer’s approach to “moving sculptural composition,”
3. Carolena Nericcio’s polished and organized placement of the body and presentation of improvisational vocabulary for groups,
4. Jill Parker’s posture and serpentine technique,
5. John Compton’s humor,
6. Mardi Love’s dedication to quality materials.
Datura Style has emerged from Rachel Brice’s work studying, analyzing, integrating, combining, and distilling these inﬂuences in pursuit of a unique expression and stylization in the dance world.
The approach to conditioning for this style is inspired by:1. The preparation for African-Hatian dance by Kathrine Dunham, called Dunham Technique,
2. Viniyoga’s approach to sequencing and biomechanics (the peanut butter), paired with
3. Stott Pilates’
5 Basic Principles of awareness for biomechanics (the jelly) of movement
4. Horton Technique’s approach to dance training using “studies” as technique choreographies, and
5. The Jazz approach to a naming convention for dance.
Classes include brief warm up and ﬁnishing practices, and usually include both technique and vocabulary topics.©Rachel Brice 2016
All levels invited!