Devi Bollywood Dance Presents
Shakti: A Bollywood Dance Showcase
Date: Saturday, October 7th, 2017
Time: 7:00pm (Doors will open 6:00pm, with a cash bar before and after the show)
Location: Shea’s Smith Theater, 658 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
Meet the Performers
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’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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.