The ZenSpace Dance Company embodies artistry, transformation and community. The culmination of director Kristen Mangione's work as a choreographer, dancer, healing artist and meditation instructor, the Company in Residence weaves together her experiences to inform the creative process and each work's themes. Be inspired by live performances, or take a special event class with the Company.
Meet the ZenSpace Dance Company!
Founder & Choreographer Kristen has a BA from Smith College and Diploma in Dance Studies from The Laban Centre, London. She has danced professionally for choreographers including Bill T. Jones and has worked for American Ballet Theatre, Juilliard and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She started making dances and performing as a preteen as part of the Performing Arts Program (Bridgewater, NJ), was a Governor's Scholar in Dance (NJ). Sharing her passion for dance is her lifetime mission.
Dancer and New York native Annastasia graduated summa cum laude from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, with a BFA in Ballet and Dance Pedagogy. She passionately shares the art of dance through performing and teaching at The Joffrey Ballet School, Peridance and Ballet Tech. Her emphasis in versatility and purity of movement is derived from her diverse performing experiences in dance and theatre.
Dancer Petra was born and raised in Prague, Czech Republic where she started dancing at age 4. She has won various international competitions, performed as a backup dancer for Czech singers, and graduated from the dance conservatory Taneční Centrum Praha/Dance Center Prague. She received a full scholarship from NYC's Peridance and has performed with Forces Of Nature Dance Theater, Abarukas, Azul Dance Theater and Victory Dance Project.
Dancer Lauren was a competitive gymnast growing up in Dennisport, MA. She started dancing when she was eleven at Reaching Heart School of Ballet. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford (BFA in Dance: Ballet Pedagogy). She has also trained in programs at Boston Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, New Dialect, RUBBERBANDance Group, and BluePrint.
Dancer Ryan moved to NYC in 2014 building his career as a dancer, choreographer, and instructor. While training at The Joffrey Ballet School, he performed works created and set by choreographers including Broadway's "Rent" Marlies Yearsby, as well as Murray Louis, Tyler Gilstrap, Nathan Trice, and Rena Butler. He has performed with Nijawwon Matthews XY Dance Project, LaneCoArts, Arch Contemporary Ballet and Candice Franklin Jazz Ain't Dead.
Dancer Say Say fell in love with dance and theater from an early age, studying and performing in many school productions, and festivals. He received his BA in Theatre Arts (Dance) from Centenary College, NJ. He has taught all ages, and danced professionally for a year at Orlando's Walt Disney World. He has also performed in many Equity shows and has been nominated twice for Paper Mill Playhouse's "Rising Star" award.