Kristen Mangione is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and healing artist.
Her choreography moves viewers intellectually and emotionally - in how things fit together while discerning feeling and meaning. Often collaborating with other artists in the visual arts and opera, her work address issues of humanity and consciousness in an ever more dissociated world. Her work has been performed in New York City, New Jersey, New England, Chicago and London.
She has danced professionally for choreographers including Bill T. Jones, Nancy Zendora, and Chris Ferris. She has worked in arts administration and production for American Ballet Theatre, The Juilliard School and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.
She first discovered and fell in love with modern dance while studying at the Somerset County Performing Arts Dance Program in her teenage years. Modeled after the LaGuardia "Fame" School, in this program she performed extensively, started choreographing, as well as studying dance history, dance criticism and production. During her studies she was awarded as a Governor's Scholar in Dance, selected twice for the Performing Arts Dance Program Outstanding Student, and was mentored by NJ Dance Critic Joseph Gale. She went on to major in dance at Smith College, and the Five Colleges, MA, in addition to receiving a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies and Choreography at the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, London, UK.
She has extensive studies in body awareness based techniques including Zena Rommett Floor-Barre®, Shiatsu and Reiki. She is a Certified Zena Rommett Floor-Barre® instructor and Certified in the Simonson Method of dance teaching, both of which she teaches at her studios, ZenSpace, located in Hoboken, NJ. She has led a team of meditation, dance and yoga instructors for nearly a decade, as part of ZenSpace's mission of being a home for dance, wellness and transformation. ZenSpace is also currently home for Kristen's choreographic work.
She has taught Eastern philosophy, Chinese medicine, and movement mechanics in bodywork at the internationally recognized Ohashi Institute in New York City. She has also worked with over 1,000 clients in bodywork therapy and Chinese Medicine. Also a Certified Reiki Master and meditation teacher, Kristen has trained in authentic Zen practice at Dai Bosatsu Zendo, a Rinzai Zen Buddhist monastery located in the Catskill Mountains.
Kristen has led retreats at Dai Bosatsu Zendo, in the Catskills of upstate NY; in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, and as part of Michael Andreula's ReBoot Camp Retreats. She has been a featured presenter of workshops on Eastern philosophy and meditation at various businesses and organizations including the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmys) in New York City.
“There is another reality, the genuine one, which we lose sight of. This other reality is always sending us hints, which without art, we can’t receive.”