Testimonials

“Dancing at Soul Kitchen has been a life altering experience for me. I have always loved to dance but had never done it in this kind of forum. It fills me with joy and takes me back to feeling like a carefree child, simply enjoying the moment with no worries. Dance reminds me that those feelings are still attainable, even if for just a little while. I also love the community vibe of the dancing tribe – no judgement, no ill-will – just loving souls dancing with and around each other creating amazing energy that we then share with the world. Plus it is one of the only activities I can think of that is a great cardio workout coupled with time to meditate.”  Alison K
Soul Kitchen Dance is a life changing experience for me. “ Jennifer R.
“You don’t have to be a dancer. You don’t have to know steps. You don’t even have to have rhythm. You just have to be open to letting soul stirring music move you as it will!!” Alana F.
“This sacred space allows you to express whatever you are going through with your free flowing movement and expression. I always feel different after dancing within this conscious community. “ Kelly G.
 Rachel provides a beautiful place for people to let go of their roles and obligations through whole-hearted, respectful and open, open open dance. We are so blessed to have such a fun place to go mid-day, alcohol-free, with simple guidelines that keep us safe and welcome our independence and freedom. As Parker Palmer says, (and I think he is citing another) the soul is like a wild animal. It spooks easily and runs and hides from even the slightest commotion. Rachel sets simple, freeing guideline that ensure our wild souls feel safe, and in safety, our souls are welcome to come out and play. Our dedication to ourselves contributes to creating the gentle container for others’ to encounter their own spirits along side us. Like infants do, maybe, “parallel play”, but much much better. Well then, try as I may, words do not serve to explain the exaltation. You’ll have to join us! — Christine D.
“When I dance at Soul Kitchen, I am able to get out of my head and focus on how freeing and releasing the movements my body make are. My head isn’t foggy, but I can feel all of the emotions, and I feel everything. I am not thinking about what I have to do later, or what someone said to me that made me feel bad, I am so present and it is the best feeling anyone could ask for. “ Aria M.
“This is what I gotta SAY: Rachel Philippe is the Complete Embodiment of Fierce Fun, Movement, Play and Prayer. This woman crafts Opulent Musical Journeys and Voyages for Your Body, Heart and Soul. She pulls out all the Stops for each and every Soul Kitchen Dance. The Community Will Continue to Thrive As People Cash In On the Super Sonic Sister and Brother Hood of Movement that is Taking Over Fort Collins Like a Storm. Every BODY needs to move, play, express and sweat. There is NO OTHER PLACE, NO OTHER SPACE like this one. This is the REAL DEAL. BONAFIDE. PURE and POTENT. Ft. Collins GET YOU SOME! The power of Play and Joy, Movement and Self Expression cannot be measured AND are absolutely what brings Quality to Life! Each and Every Session of Soul Kitchen is Truly Food For Your Soles and Soul.” – Nadine F.
This kind of Dance is like nothing you have ever experienced.  It is both playful and serious, both spiritual and practical, freeing and grounded.  It’s a safe place where we can dance like nobody’s watching, and just BE.  And, you get to do it at your own pace, in your own way. It’s like finger painting for your Dancing Self.  Dive into the music, drench your feet with the rhythms, and just get sloppy on the ‘Canvas’ we call the floor at The Grange.” Jane G.
“I am so grateful for ecstatic dance in my life, beyond what words could ever tell … It is such a space of profound healing, deep deep opening, acceptance and love; a divine playground for creation and altar for worship, for Spirit and for honoring all of us creatures who are borne of Spirit … Thank you to Rachel Philippe for getting this going here in Fort Collins! Your sets have been totally rocking it.” Shaun G.
The dance experience you have provided for me has transformed my life.” Charlie B.
“Thank you for creating a space that allows me to lose the fear of myself, lose the fear of failure, and truly release. A space as nurturing, carefree and creative is hard to come by.” Amanda W.
“Thank you for the gift of conscious dance in our lives. We know that we are just meant to move, but the opportunity to move with intention in safe space is so much more. It is cathartic, freeing, cleansing – it brings great peace and clarity. We appreciate you making Soul Kitchen your cause and we love getting to be a part of it.” Trey C.
“I’ve found something really awesome to share. Soul Kitchen Dance has ignited a spiritual flame in me that is radiating out in every direction in my life. I call it my mid-week recess. Rachel creates a safe container to explore your own inner sanctuary. The dance follows a pattern designed to move us into the natural flow of our own bodies. Loose the mind chatter and discover your body’s innate wisdom. ” Suzanne R.
“This is one of the best and most fun, freeing and joyful forms of medicine I’ve found…. I highly recommend you Check it out!” Chelsea G.
“Fully embodying your authentic expression of self through freestyle dancing to great music with a supportive dynamic community … This dance has been a great physical way for me to shake off all that does not resonate with me. I always leave feeling vibrant and light.” Jessica A.
“Soul Kitchen Dance is not therapy… and it IS therapeutic. Dancing freely in a completely non-judgmental space and connecting with a tribe of super-fun-extrememly-thoughtful beings helps me feel alive! I was afraid I wasn’t a good enough “dancer” to show up at a “dance class” even though I love to dance. Silly me! Soul Kitchen is not about perfect steps and moves at all… it’s about connecting to myself, moving through emotion, experiencing the power of music that moves me, and sharing it all in community.” Alana F.
“I love and embrace Ecstatic Dance because I walk into a space where I have my own space to express my life story. I walk into a space where I can embrace others life stories. I walk into a space where I can be messy, be strong, be still, be real, be Me. I walk into a space where I can truly feel. I suggest you try this space” Cara F.
“It is free movement, to eclectic music, following a certain pattern that lulls the mind. It is called ecstatic dance and it is a sure bet that I get to liberation sometime during the hr. We circle up after to support and celebrate the energy we have co-created. It’s the best!!!!! You just let your body be the music.  Come and generate and absorb the energy of people safe enough to be seen.” Suzanne R.
“I get to drop my Mind off at the door, then abandon my Body to the cosmic force of a Divinely Inspired Sound Track, so lovingly provided by our Authentic Tribal Leader, Ms. Rachel. As my soul begins to resonate with the music, slowly my natural rhythms burst from deep within my center, radiate to my limbs and then something magical happens~I’m dancin’. This is My Time!! ……And when I finally look up, I see others experiencing their own version of that. And that, My Friends, makes my experience even better. Selfless Ageless Timeless Priceless!” Jane G.
“SKD gives me so much freedom. I enter in armor; I leave in a halo. All of my hangups fade, and connectedness reigns. And the tribe, oh the tribe! Even today I’m deepening relationships with the incredible people who come to Soul Kitchen Dance. What more is life about than love and freedom? SKD brings both, and in a BIG way! ” ~  Becca V
“Dancing at Soul Kitchen allows me to experience a level of fun and freedom of expression that doesn’t exist anywhere else. Like yoga, it is a transformational experience that brings more love and light into the world.” ~ Mike O
“I get a lot out of Soul Kitchen Dance but the two biggest needs which are being met are Love and Play.  Love though the community which is being developed and feeling both supported and wanted by my dancing family and Play because play.  Being active and kinesthetic make up a huge part of my play personality and being able to move freely in SKD is immensely necessary for both my health and happiness.” ~ Brian K
“Thank you or the sacred, peaceful, open space. It is so personal for me, so raw, so vulnerable and so exactly what I need. ” ~ Amanda W.
“It is a special pleasure for me to be able to so fully trust the safety and potency of the Soul Kitchen Dance container that I can freely invite friends to participate.” ~ Daphne B.
“I truly wish all my friends would come. All the people could get some of the goods you serve up for the soul in your kitchen!!!” ~ Kari G.
“We had so much fun and it’s the best therapy for moving things through, loosen them up, get them the $&# out!! I leave feeling fluid, with more space inside to put in there what I intend. ”  ~ Andrea H.
“SKD gives me community, love, energy, clarity, a good workout, friendship. It’s locked into my calendar as “Awesome Time” and it truly is. My employees love how happy I am when I get back to the office after dance.”  ~ Dawn P.
“It’s a marvelous place for me to sink into my body and allow it to express itself, and dance as a celebration of the wedding of creature and spirit.” ~ Jeannie Z.
“Come dance ecstatically for an hour.  You get recreation, spiritual food, relationship and cures for what ails all in one fell swoop.’ ~ Kent T.
“I get connectivity, medicine for the soul, a chance to experience wild abandon” ~ Suzanne R
“Dancing like this gives me Everything! Balance, joy, fun, community, hugs, authenticity, passion, perseverance, delight, a back that moves and deeper breathing, a greater capacity for what shows up be it joy or sorrow…. ALIVENESS ”  ~ Zia Z
“Thank you for creating and holding such a magical space where we can get lost and feel found.” ~ Cara F.