About Kristen Mangione

Dance & Healing Artist

aka The Dance Alchemist

How long have you been doing what you do, 
and how did you become a Dance and Healing Artist?

To answer that question, it's probably best that I share with you a defining moment, and a resulting "compelling story" that brought me to where I am today to where I lead women like you to reclaim their connection to their body, their passion and power for living their truth, so they can become clear, confident and live life on their own terms, personally and professionally. That defining moment in my life happened in 2008.

I was waiting in the wings to go onstage at a modern dance concert in New York City.  As with every performance, I was NERVOUS. As a professional you train for hours, weeks and months so that by the time you’re onstage, you don’t have to think about what to do anymore. It becomes almost automatic.  Almost... but then there is that rush of nerves that has you second guessing even the smallest of details that you have done a thousand times before. For me it was starting to feel like mini panic attacks that would all but destroy my sense of where I was and what I was supposed to be doing. I was waiting for my cue to enter the stage and then something happened.  I took a deep breath and I really looked. I saw the dance happening onstage and the dancers in it.  I got out of my ego and my point of view that it’s all about me and my entire view shifted. I saw beauty like I had never seen it before. It was like time stopped. Suddenly I was peaceful. My dancing in this space made me forget myself in the most wonderful way.

Before this moment, I had studied dance all of my life and danced professionally in New York for over 10 years.  All of the hard work, classes, auditions, rehearsals, shows, trying harder, striving, pushing myself, I loved dance more than ANYTHING, but it was so often about sacrifice and often heartbreaking. My enormously low self-worth, desperation for validation from the outside, and terror about being rejected had taken its toll. I came to the dance capital of the world, like so many, hungry for success, but the cost seemed just too high. I was exhausted from trying to “make it” while juggling day jobs, choreographing my own projects, going to school for a healing arts certification and starting a part time healing practice to have more control over my time and financial stability. I was burned out from all the overworking that underneath was masking low self-esteem, feeling lost and a high functioning depression masked by this hyperactivity. Just before this concert I was all but done. My on again off again love affair with dance had become toxic and I was ready to leave once and for all.

When I saw that vision onstage from the wings, this thought popped into my head…

What if everyone could experience dancing this way?...

That it isn’t about perfection, but innate beauty? That the radiance inside of each person is what gets expressed, and when that happens it's breathtaking and extremely powerful?  In that moment the seeds of LÎLA were sown.

I didn’t know it at the time, but this would become the genesis of what I now do, leading women through a transformational journey to become who they REALLY are meant, and want, to be through dance and self-mastery.

At the time I started doing mini workshops with dance improvisation and energy awareness. I drew from my background in Eastern philosophy and the energy channels or meridians from my shiatsu practice (my at the time “day job” supporting my dancing).  I called it ZenMoves and it was sublime. I kept playing with creative ideas about moving energy through the body, teaching my students applicable knowledge by using ancient Five Element philosophy. I phased out the classes after a time as the studio I owned grew to include other teachers, other modalities and programs. I became diversified for the sake of becoming “marketable.” I had become successful, but deep down, I was deeply unhappy, unfulfilled and at completely odds with my own truth.

Then in perfect synchronicity, my hugely expanded studio and team all but collapsed in 2017.

It took months that turned into almost two years before I stopped treading water just to survive.

Suddenly little glimmers of hope started to shine… “It has to be about dance,” I thought. Forget all that other stuff that you CAN do, but that you don’t enjoy. Focus on your passion.

I offered my first LÎLA workshop to some of my current students who already knew (and thankfully) trusted me. They knew me from teaching meditation, healing work, and ballet. Synthesizing pieces of everything in my toolkit from now 20 years of practicing and teaching Shiatsu, Eastern philosophy, meditation, dance and my own deep passion for metaphysical study in my own life, LÎLA started to take root.

In that first session, some of the students I had worked with for years transformed before my very eyes.  A whole new world suddenly emerged.

Since that first workshop, LÎLA has spread like wildfire. First with workshops, then an 8 Week program on the entire Chakra system, guest teaching and speaking engagements, then monthly special topic enhancement workshops with sold out attendance. Online virtual courses arose, including the Dance Alchemy for the Soul© System and the RE CALIBRATING Reality Program in direct response to sheltering in place during the COVID 19 pandemic. An entire LÎLA community has also emerged.

When I look back at that seed moment of inspiration, I am in awe of the possibility of what’s been created. I have to almost pinch myself that LÎLA’s Dance Alchemy for the Soul© System is THE thing that makes the greatest difference for other women. And I take enormous joy in seeing that first vision- of beauty, innate perfection and power- again every time I see women dancing in my system.

Who are your clients?

I work with women just like you.

I work with women who want to reconnect with their mind, body and emotions, bring confidence and clarity to their life and career path. Those who are sick and tired of just feeling “fine” when they know in their heart there is so much more to life than this. Women who are done putting up with situations, feeling like that’s just how it is, and are ready to do some deep soul searching to break up the old patterns for good. My clients are craving lasting change, but don’t know exactly how or where to start, because they’ve lost the connection to their own truth and inner compass.

In my system, I teach women how to learn, to listen to their inner knowing so they can establish trust in themselves and their hunches. As a result, they start making decisions and creating healthy boundaries with integrity, clarity, and self-respect so they can have better work relationships and reach their goals faster. They learn to love and put themselves first, like finding more pleasure in their bodies and the simple things in life (like taking time for lunch)…

My clients want to express and channel their creative energy. To reconnect with their playful and wise inner spirit so that they can feel fully self-expressed, excited and more balanced. While radically improving their quality of life…

  • Women craving more passion by living their purpose
  • Professionals wanting to create the life they really want by looking within
  • Women hungry for real, lasting change
  • Artists and Creatives at Heart
  • Executives who, having achieved some “success”, know there is something more aligned with who they really meant to be
  • Junior Executives
  • Women who love to dance
  • Soul Seekers
  • The Spiritual and Holistically Minded
  • Transformation seekers
  • Creative and Spiritual Entrepreneurs
  • Women who want to find and own their voice, unapologetically and powerfully
  • Women who want to become their own warrior and best ally
  • Women who want to trust themselves and own their real value and worth, professionally and personally

    All Women who know there is something greater really meant for them and that answer is waiting to be discovered from within

What makes you different from other
"Transformation Programs"?

Most transformational programs tend to focus on the mental. They often work with underlying belief systems and how to shift them so that you have more freedom to take new actions. While this is a valid approach, they often miss the pivotal connection between the mental and the physical- the mind and the body, which is where the biggest discoveries and changes take place.  When you can unearth a hidden issue held in your body and then bring it up into conscious processing as well as releasing it from your body, you will literally disappear it, like ripping out a weed from the roots.

That’s exactly why the key element in LÎLA is dance. In my system of Dance Alchemy© you begin to uncover the unconsciously stored patterns in your body that are keeping you stuck without even knowing they are there. When you explore the specific issues you are dealing with things like fear, assertiveness, security or intuition from the body, it will give you a MASSIVE amount of information that is buried so deeply in your subconscious, it could take years of traditional talk therapy to reveal it. The expression “the body does not lie” is a massive truth.

Using my expertise with movement and the body, from being a professional dancer and healing artist for 20 years, I lead you in very clear, easy to do exercises that give you access to your own personal clarity.  I can take you into the heart of an issue within a series of a few exercises to see and shift things that have seemed stuck for ages. And because I integrate these discoveries through the body with the mental, physiological and energetic levels, deep lasting changes occur.

In my LÎLA program Dance Your Way to Power & Purpose we go step by step  towards self-mastery- including issues surrounding security, pleasure, confidence and power, relationships, communication, vision and intuition and feeling truly connected to life. So that by the end you have a totally redefined, integrated sense of yourself.

I take great responsibility in partnering with you in this process. I take your breakthroughs, your challenges, your progress and your life results very seriously because this is FOR YOUR WHOLE LIFE. And because I have used and continue to use everything I share with you in my own life, I deeply believe in it and that you get your own equally magical results.

What type of personality do you work best with
and what is expected of me

The LÎLA Dance Alchemy for the Soul© programs were created for people who are absolutely excited and dead serious about transforming their reality into hearing and living their real purpose in life.  It means not running around all day long, beating yourself up anymore saying “I wish I knew what I wanted to do and be, maybe someday things will be different and I will finally feel like I’m in the right place.” 

These programs were created for you to revisit, heal and transform your hidden core limitations within a few months (sometimes weeks!), which will eventually lead you to hearing what you actually want deep down, what you need to do, and get you excited again by the possibility of your life, by aligning with your Truth.

Being a soul seeker myself, I’m known to work best with other soul seekers, people who are committed to transforming their life, and who want to know exactly what steps to take to find their calling. Consider what you’ll do with me to be a deep dive into your soul on everything you need to discover to find your true nature. You will be expected to take serious and consistent action. No excuses anymore, just a very different way of thinking and full support while you achieve this incredibly profound shift of hearing and listening to the call of your life’s divine purpose.

For what type of professionals are your programs NOT going to work?

Please know I am selective in who I work with, choosing to (gently) turn people away who are not suited for my program and therefore won’t get the results for which they have signed up, as it wouldn’t be fair to them to take them on.

My LÎLA Dance Alchemy for the Soul© programs are not for those who are not willing to invest in themselves: time, effort, money. It's been my experience that if a client cannot commit to these three things, they are not ready, or truly willing, to receive specialist mentoring, the acts of coaching, guidance, advice, training, and insights for a specific outcome, it all takes investment. If you fall into this category, it is absolutely fine; we have all been there at some point.

Do Yourself (3) Favors:

  • Work out why you are not willing or ready to fully commit so that you invest in yourself at this time. What is the fear underlying this?
  • Join our Free Group. The free information will get you started towards your goals until you're ready to join LÎLA Dance Alchemy for the Soul©. The tips I share in there are posted almost daily and will give you a lot to think about.
  • Find a way to financially invest in yourself so that by taking my program, you are not putting yourself into a financially risky place. I would not want finances to prevent you from being able to focus on the work.

Doing these things will really help you get primed for our work. When you are ready, call me, and we'll get you started. I will be here when you need me. Other types of personalities I won't work with (without exception) are the complainers, the chronic sceptic, and those that consistently make excuses for not doing the work or challenge every aspect of the program. If you are one of these people, I kindly and respectfully ask that you not get in contact and I hope you understand why. We would probably not work well together, and I wouldn't want you to waste your time or money. Is that fair?

What exactly is LÎLA Dance Alchemy for the Soul© and what does it include?

Dance Your Way to Power & Purpose my newest LÎLA program (which includes my signature Dance Alchemy for the Soul© system) will launch you into deep transformation and self-expression. The effects of this deeply interactive program will create ripples throughout your life and career.

Through 8 Interactive Modules You Will:

  1. Learn How to find your creative Zen through movement, embodiment, and the chakras.
    This will reconnect your mind, body and emotions which will help bring calm to your life and career
  2. Discover ways of expressing and channeling your creative energy so that you can feel fully self-expressed and more balanced
  3. Learn to find more pleasure in your body and the simple things in life (like taking time for lunch)
  4. Learn to create healthy boundaries with integrity, clarity and self-respect so you can have better work relationships and reach your goals faster
  5. Learn to listen (and better hear) you inner knowing so you can establish trust in yourself and your hunches
  6. Reestablish your own sense of power and confidence by connecting to your personal Truth, your voice, your right to be and your right to be truly happy
  7. Identify what really matters to you so that you can best align yourself with your goals and feeling authentically fulfilled

Does this really work?

Yes! The result of our work is an approach to shifting your mindset and your relationship to your life, so that you feel deeply connected to yourself and your own inner knowing to feel more peaceful and powerful as a result.

How can I guarantee myself that I will get more confidence, passion and alignment with my life, in record time?

Do all of your homework.  Be totally committed to your own transformation. Understand that this is a process, a proven one, that works if you take action and implement all of the steps. All my clients who have diligently applied every step of my LÎLA Dance Alchemy for the Soul© Programs have successfully shifted their belief in themselves, taken courageous actions, started listening to and trusting their intuition and enjoying life more in much less time than they would have on their own AND have radically altered living as their TRUE being.

"LÎLA is a wonderful investment in YOU! I was reminded to trust my instincts. The biggest shift I observed was that when I am balanced, I am more likely to recognize and trust my intuition."

Sarah Trite
Project Manager

"Every class is the discovery of some hidden emotion I've stuck underneath so as not to feel, as well the unlimited potential of hope. I am restored to who I am, and who I am becoming."

Chisaku Liu
Founder, Seazen Soaps

" I’m an introvert by nature, but here I felt accepted and empowered and it was amazing to feel free and open. It gave me tools that made me stronger and more compassionate. It’s a wonderful gift!"

Tara Colligan
Business Manager

What results can I expect?

You can expect to:

  • Have big breakthroughs and ah ha moments
  • Health benefits of living stress free
  • Let go and release trauma in the body
  • Find more peace and compassion for yourself and others
  • Anxiety dissipates and peace and calm sets in
  • Creating new standards for yourself
  • Fill your gas tank & learn how to self-nurture
  • Reaching for your passions in life
  • Discover yourself & set goals and reach them
  • Feel empowered & excited about the future
  • Fall back in love with yourself
  • Breakout in Creativity
  • Vibrate as a loving being, and become truly unconditionally loving with all your relationships (even the most intense ones that normally trigger you)
  • Create healthy boundaries
  • Hear what is it you really want and listen to that
  • Become truly aligned with yourself and your inner values

How quickly can I expect results?

That depends on how quickly you can make those inner shifts. Some clients are ready to go and start having breakthroughs in a very short time frame, sometimes even a few weeks, while others have a bit more work to do first. It also depends on where you are in your self-development journey and your amount of experience with self-awareness.

Based on everything I’ve read and heard about you, I know you’re the one I want to learn from. What are my options for getting started with you?

Congratulations on making a decision for Your Life’s Transformation! I’m happy to work with you to support you in aligning with your Truth…The best way to work with me is in my 60-day Dance Your Way to Power & Purpose Program. Here are some of the results you can expect...

  • Develop more compassion for yourself and others
  • Be clear concise and honest in your communication
  • Have more ease and grace in your life
  • Truly love the version of yourself that shows up to play this game called life
  • Learn how to say NO and honor your yes and no’s
  • Find your happiness
  • Watch your best life unfold with ease
  • Connect with your intuition
  • Understand how your soul is awakening and developing
  • End the drama cycles and patterns
  • Raise your self-esteem and self confidence
  • Rewrite your story
  • Open your heart and expand into your TRUE being
  • How to see your relationships as mirrors and open channels for transformation
  • Gain unshakeable confidence in yourself – (a lot of my clients tell me that is worth the investment alone).
  • Learn proven techniques for releasing your internal resistance and self-sabotaging tendencies so you can take action and start living your passion and purpose with ease.

OK, I’m ready to do this for myself,
but I have a couple of additional questions. Can I contact you?

Good, sounds like you’re ready to be pulled into your future! Yes, schedule a Discovery Call with me and I’ll be happy to walk you through the different options to see which one will be the very best for you. I can’t wait to see you succeed and am honored to be the one to help you. Let’s get going! 


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