Performance Troupe

Meet the Mastani’s
Cortney Costano (Creative Assistant Director) a Buffalo-based entertainer and can be found studying and performing with various ensembles throughout Western New York. Cortney received the bulk of her dance training at Miss. Bev’s Dance Studio in Niagara Falls. As a competitive dancer, she has received many accolades including the “Triple Threat” award at The Kiwanis Dance Competition in 2005. In 2003, she and some of her closest dance friends were selected to be members of the Footloose Dance Competition’s Xtreme Dance Team where they traveled to the Bahamas to learn from choreographer Mandy Moore. Her post-High School studies took her to The College at Brockport where she auditioned and became a member and Captain of the Brockport Dance Team.
 

After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education she attended Buffalo State College to complete her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology. She currently teaches High School Math at Williamsville East High School where she is the Class of 2020 adviser and, the adviser and, director for the Williamsville East High School Band Against Bullying performance team, which has won three consecutive first place titles under her direction.

Cortney is also involved in many performance groups around the Buffalo area. She currently performs with Devi Bollywood Dance and Buffalo Aerial Dance at local events and festivals. She is a standing board member of Dance Day of Buffalo and was the host of their “Tidings of Tap” fundraiser held in December 2017. When she isn’t dancing, she is likely singing. She lends her voice to many groups and ensembles such as The Derek Mediak Band, The Bees Knees, The Steve Balesteri Band (Uptown Sound), The Lewiston Choraleers, and individuals Zach Carr and Sara Rogers. She is also a former member of Harmonia Chamber Singers, Buffalo Philharmonic Choir and The Foxy Diamondz.

Cortney has had the opportunity to perform at some of the most exciting events Buffalo has to offer such as The World’s Largest Disco, First Night Buffalo, The Witches Ball, Buffalo Goes Gatsby, The Steampunk Festival, Nicola Tesla Festival, The Erie County Fair, Elmwood Arts Festival and Jim Kelly’s Kelly for Kids Fundraiser just to name a few. To follow Cortney’s events feel free to check out her website CortneyChyme.com

Her singing and dancing background lend nicely to Cortney’s work as an actor performing with local filming groups for short independent films, music videos, and the annual Buffalo 48-Hour Film Project. She can be seen as a live Disney princess actor for children’s Birthday parties with A Dream Is A Wish Entertainment. You may have also seen her online in a Buffalo Bills Parody Video, “Christmas Lights” music video by Nate Cronk or a NOCO commercial that was aired on Channel 2 WGRZ this past year.

When Cortney isn’t performing, she is lending her immeasurable skills, and experience as a dance teacher at Adell’s School of Dance, and as a performance coach for the award winning Matt’s Music Vocal Performance Competition team.

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. 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.
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 throughout 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 Bharatnatyam artiste’s skill of expressing feeling & emotions, to draw the audience into each performance.
 
 
Natasha Perkins
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
 
Holli Simme (Assistant Choreographer)
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.
 
Krystal Wildman
 
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 within the dance community. She has been performing with Devi Bollywood for the past two years.
 
When not in the studio, Krystal works at a local bank and is a full time student at Buffalo State College.

 

Past Performances:

M&T First Friday’s at The Albright Knox| March 1, 2019

Young Audiences Pop Art Bash| November 16, 2018

Buffalo without Borders| November 8, 2018

Elmwood Festival of the Arts| August 26, 2018

Taste of Diversity | June 30, 2018

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