Shakti: A Bollywood Dance Showcase

Devi Bollywood Dance Presents

Shakti: A Bollywood Dance Showcase

Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017

Time: 2:00pm (Doors will open 1:00pm, with a cash bar before and after the show) 

Location: Shea’s Smith Theater, 658 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202

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Meet the Performers

Cortney Costanzo
Cortney has been and is currently involved in many organized performance groups throughout the Western New York region. She’s been given the honor to sing and dance at many different venues throughout Western New York and even the country. The Hard Rock Café in Niagara Falls New York for Grammy nominated artist Christina Custode’s CD release party, Downtown Disney with the Lewiston Choraleers, at The White House for their holiday tours in 2013, Carnegie Hall with Harmonia, and The Adam’s Mark Hotel for Jim Kelly’s Kelly for Kids Fundraiser are just a few of the wonderful places she’s performed. This past year she hosted and starred in her very own variety show called Buffalove Revue where she collaborated with many local dancers and singers. She is a current vocalist in The Lewiston Choraleers and the Uptown Seven Band featuring Steve Balesteri. Her previous associations include Harmonia Chamber Singers and The Foxy Diamondz, a professional dance company based in Buffalo. As the captain of the dance company, she was a vital member often contributing song choice, choreography and dancer placement. Cortney’s dance training started at a young age and continues to this day. She is on the board of advisors for Dance Days of Buffalo, a local three day dance festival and can be found taking various styles of dance in and around Buffalo. Other dance associations she’s trained and performed with throughout Buffalo is Free Soul Dance and Buffalo Aerial Dance. She is a current dance instructor at Adell’s School of Dance in Niagara Falls and a movement coach for Matt’s Music Performance Team in North Tonawanda. Being able to blend music and dance has always been one of her passions and she’s so grateful she’s been given the opportunities in her life to do just this and is excited to pass on the knowledge she has gained.

Tonya Davis

Tonya’s previous performance experience began in vocal music. She sang for four years in the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Chorale and Cantori during which she had the opportunity to perform in tours to Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. After college she sang with the Orchard Park Chorale and the Buffalo Choral Arts Society. In 2010, Tonya discovered bellydance when she began taking classes and performing as a student of The Bellydance Academy. In 2011, she joined Fleuron Rouge Bellydance where she is currently a troupe member performing at events and festivals throughout Western New York. She continues to study bellydance and has taken workshops from celebrated performers such as Jill Parker, Zoe Jakes and many others. In 2015, Tonya began taking bollywood classes from Gaitrie at Devi Bollywood Dance and also fell in love with this dance form. She is happy to be a member of the Bollywood Mastanis and is always looking forward to the next performance.

Diana Miranda-Gaeddert
Diana’s dance journey started in January of 2004, when she took her first belly dance class. For a year and a half, she attended Egyptian-style belly dance classes. In the fall of 2005, she discovered American Tribal Style® BellyDance (ATS®). While attending classes locally, Diana traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in November of 2008, where she studied under her mentor and the creator of ATS®, Carolena Nericcio-Bohlman of FatChanceBellyDance®. While there, she became a certified ATS® instructor, as well as a FatChanceBellyDance® Sister Studio.
Diana attends classes locally, including Bollywood and semi-classical Indian dance with Gaitrie Devi of Devi Bollywood Dance. She travels throughout the year to San Francisco, Seattle, Ontario, and other parts of the country to take workshops and study with Carolena. Diana is the founder and director of the American Tribal Style® BellyDance troupe, Relativity BellyDance. She and her troupe perform through out the Western New York area and beyond.
Sujata Martin
With a strong foundation of classical Bharatnatyam training and growing up dancing to Bollywood and Indian folk dance styles of Bhangra & Garba, Sujata is an integral part of the Devi Bollywood Dance troupe.An Occupational Therapist by profession, Sujata has a newfound love of Argentine Tango, and is actively involved in the Buffalo Tango community. She brings her lively spirit and “Abhinaya” – the Bhratnatyam artiste’s skill of expressing feeling & emotions, to draw the audience in to each performance.
Naryan Padmanabha
Born into a family with roots extending from India to Ireland, Naryan’s interests in music started at the early age of 6. He started playing basic Western instruments like drum set and guitar. During his teen years, Naryan began exploring his roots by traveling to India and soon learned the styles of Classical Indian music. Through his travels, he learned to borrow concepts and styles from many world traditions. His main instruments are hammered dulcimer (santoor), sitar, and hand percussion. Since then, he’s toured all over the United States and has shared the stage with acts such as: Bernie Worrell of Pariment/Funkadelic, Fareed Haque, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Steve Kimock, Max Creek, Rob Wasserman of the Grateful Dead, Michael Kang & Jason Haan of String Cheese Incident, Melvin Seals and Jerry Garcia Band.
Natasha Perkins
Dancer, Choreographer and teacher, Natasha began her dance journey and training taking master classes and workshops with Garth Fagan, The Urban Bush Women and Forces of Nature Dance Company. While attending Buffalo State College, Natasha earned her Minor in Performing Arts and performed and toured for the Buffalo State College Dance Theater Department. As a full scholarship recipient for the American Dance Festival (ADF), she performed with noted choreographers Ronald K. Brown and Paul Taylor while also being trained by Master Teacher Cornelius Carter. Natasha has appeared several times in the Jazz World Dance Congress and International Dance Festival (NYC). Her professional dance career includes dance and instruction with Janet Reed and Dancers and Buffalo City Ballet.
Currently based in Buffalo, N.Y., Natasha is choreographing for the Miss New York Pageant, Amor & Heritage and is a performing company member with Baila Salsa, Devi Bollywood and Amor & Heritage Dance companies.
Holli Simme
Dancer, Choreographer, and Instructor, Holli began her dance journey at the age of three at Barb Denny’s Studio of Dance Arts.  She studied various styles including: tap, jazz, ballet, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and musical theater. Holli was also an active member in music and theater growing up. Through middle and high school, she was a part of band, choir, and musicals inside and outside of school. After graduating Lancaster High School, Holli continued her education in dance and was accepted into University at Buffalo’s prestigious Dance Program. She graduated in May 2014 with her BFA in Dance. While in school she was fortunate to learn much from her professors and took residencies and master classes such as Lehrerdance, Limon Dance Company, Pilobolus, River North Dance Chicago, and Doug Varone and Dancers. She was also a member of the Zodiaque Dance Company and Zodiaque Dance Ensemble. Along with dance performances, Holli has recently done theater, performing with local companies Shakespeare in Delaware Park and Torn Space Theater. Currently, Holli works with professional Buffalo based dance company Foxy Diamondz under direction of Maria Provenzano. As captain of the team, she is a key member, often contributing her education and experience through choreography and the creative process. Holli is a dance instructor at Barb Denny’s and Tonawanda Dance Arts. She also works at the Jewish Community Center, teaching an after school flash mob dance class called Kids “J” Mob. When not teaching, you can find her dancing at the Seneca Niagara Casino. Holli is excited to be performing with Devi Bollywood Dance and can’t wait to share her passion with others.

Gaitrie Subryan
Bollywood Performer, Instructor, and Choreographer, Gaitrie’s journey into Bollywood dance began the moment she set eyes on her favorite Bollywood actress, Madhuri Dixit; yet she only had the opportunity to be in the dance studio during most of her adult life. While in college she choreographed for a number of student-run organizations for events and performances. After graduating from the University at Buffalo in 2006 with a BA in Psychology and Communication, she joined a New York City based Bollywood dance school, Bollywood Axion. She started by just taking classes under the Artistic direction of Pooja Narang. Gaitrie, auditioned and joined Pooja’s performing troupe there she performed at events and shows all across NYC, including dancing at the Crossroads in Time Square, was a dance extra in a Bollywood Movie; Hastey Hastey, performance at South Street Seaport Holi celebration, Bollywood Hero Flash Mob and many more. Thanks to Pooja, Gaitrie recently had a very rare opportunity to take a workshop with legendary Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan in June 2016. In 2009, Gaitrie joined The Sa Dance Company, under the artistic vision and ClassPass CEO, Payal Kadakia. The Sa Dance Company showcased a three day premiere at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in 2010, one of Sa’s largest and sold out performances. The Sa Dance Company has performed at Nanubhai, MIACC, Rubin Museum, they have performed for Indian Film Director Mira Nair as well as many other events. Payal has a unique style of her own and showcases the art of Indian dance on many interesting levels. Through dance Payal she has shown Gaitrie how to manage a performing troupe, be an entrepreneur as well as a role model to others who have a zest and passion for the arts. In 2012 Gaitrie moved from NYC to Buffalo. She took what learned from both Pooja and Payal and founded Devi Bollywood Dance. To Gaitrie dance is not just about teaching dance, it is about building a community, sharing traditions and culture. Gaitrie has steady training of Indian classical dance; Bharatanatyam, Bollywood, Folk and Garba. She explores western dance forms through classes and workshops and loves to try all types of dance styles from across the globe. Gaitrie has trained in Bikram and Vinyasa Yoga and completed her 200hr Yoga Certification in October 2015 through East Meets West Yoga in Buffalo, NY.

Krystal Wildman
Born and raised in Buffalo and has been training in various styles of dance from a young age. She started at a small studio in Hamburg learning Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. She then transferred to Performing Arts and expanded her knowledge and love for performing. She auditioned and has been performing with a local dance company, the Foxy Diamondz for 2 years where she had the pleasure of performing in the Worlds Largest Disco, the Witches Ball, Erie County Fair and many more. When not in the studio, Krystal works at a local bank. She has taught dance classes over the years to children (Jazz to 9-12 year olds). Krystal takes different classes around the city, exploring aerial dance classes at Buffalo aerial dance and she has been trying out new forms of dance classes.

 

Thank you to our friends at Living in the Buff Studio, Onion Studio and Squeak Wheel Film & Media Art Center.

They will be providing photography and video for our showcase.

A very special Thank You to our Family and Friends who support our vision

Lucy Colburn

The Ramnarine Family

Payal Kadakia & The Sa Dance Company

Bhavana Muddukrishna

Melisha & Stephen Sanchez

Pooja Bakri

 

                            

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