Meet the Mastani’s
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. She was a member of The Fleuron Rouge Bellydance troupe and performed 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 2014, 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.
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 Bharatnatyam artiste’s skill of expressing feeling & emotions, to draw the audience into each performance.
Dancer, choreographer, teacher, community artist; 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; performed and toured for the Buffalo State College Dance Theater Department. As a full scholarship recipient at 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. Based in Buffalo, N.Y., Natasha’s Love for the Art of Dance formed her own company “La Mezcla Dance”; solo and collaborative work presented in festivals and venues in the United States. Currently, Natasha performs with various individual choreographers and companies in Buffalo, N.Y
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. She is a former member of Foxy Diamondz and occasionally performs with The Bird’s Nest Circus Arts. 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. Holli is excited to be performing with Devi Bollywood Dance and can’t wait to share her passion with others.
Born and raised in Buffalo, Krystal 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 much 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.
Interested in performing with Devi Bollywood Dance? We are always in search of talented, passionate individuals who want to share their love of dance with the community.
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Dance Like a Star Annual Showcase | December 9, 2017
A Night in Bollywood at Siena College | November 10, 2017
Diwali Proclamation by Erie County | October 8, 2017
Shakti: A Bollywood Dance Showcase, An Encore Performance | October 7, 2017
Tribal Delight | Virginia | September 9, 2017
Elmwood Festival of the Arts| August 27, 2017
Taste of Diversity | June 24, 2017
Shakti: A Bollywood Dance Showcase | Shea’s Smith Theater, April 23, 2017
D’Youville International Night | November 17, 2016
Buffalo without Borders| November 3, 2016
Gallery Dances at the Burchfield Penny | November 10, 2016
Elmwood Festival of the Arts| August 28, 2016
Karibu 1 Year Anniversary Celebration| August 27, 2016
Tribal Delight 2016 | Virginia Beach | August 13, 2016
Dance Days of Buffalo | August 6, 2016
“Chandni” An Indian Dance Collaborative | December 13, 2014
Niagara University Diversity in Dance | November 21, 2014
TedxBuffalo | October 14, 2014
Budding Tree Yoga Festival at Canalside | September 14, 2014
Elmwood Arts Festival | August 24, 2014
Project 308 Gallery | August 16, 2014
Performance & Workshop at Slyfest 2014 | August 9, 2014
Glen Parks Arts Festival | July 26, 2014 & July 27, 2014
Infringement Festival at Gypsy Parlor | July 8, 2014
Performance at ShopaHolic Fashionista | June 22, 2014
City of Night | June 29th, 2014
City of City Vip Night | June 28th, 2014
Hands Across Buffalo | May 17th, 2014
Western New York Women’s Expo at Buffalo Marriott Niagara | April 27th, 2014
Raising Hope Family Justice Center at Buffalo Niagara Convention Center | April 25th, 2014
UB India Night | April 10th, 2014
UB World Bazaar | April 3rd, 2014
Buffalo State College Cultural Madness | March 9, 2014
Winging It Buffalo Style | February 10, 2014 & April 28, 2014
BCC Arts & Entertainment: Winterfest| January 18, 2014