Meet the Company

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Chloe Mae Kastner

CKDC Director

New York City-based dancer and choreographer, Chloe Mae Kastner grew up in Westchester county and studied dance from 3-18 at Academy of Dance Arts. Kastner studied ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, modern, contemporary, theatre dance but took a special liking to tap. Because of her tap training, rhythm-based composition became a key component in her choreography from a young age.

 

Upon graduating high school, Chloe worked with the musical theatre group, Theatre MAMA, where she performed daily in Times Square working as a brand ambassador for the Radio City Rockettes as well as the broadway shows: “Finding Neverland” “Paramore” and “Chicago”. You can also see Chloe in Caitlin Dwyers music video “Games” as well as “Neck Tattoos”  and "Classes" by Live Well. Chloe has modeled for Paramour on Broadway, Stand Steady Desks, and She+Sky. 

 

May 2019, Kastner graduated with a BA in Dance at Manhattanville College where she performed for Marta Renzi, Andrei Kisselev and Takehiro Ueyama. prior to graduation, Chloe founded her own dance company in November of 2018 upon being accepted to the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. During CKDC's global debut at the 2019 Fringe, she was recognized by BBC and dance critic David Meade. Since then, Kastner has continued to tour her work globally as well as nationally.  Chloe was a selected company at 7 Midnight Performance Series in the October and December showcases. In December 2019 she was also an artist at the first annual “Breaking Boundaries Dance Festival” in White Plains NY. This fall Kastner will be debuting the concert-length piece “Letters to No One" as a featured Emerging Artist in the New Works Festival in Manhattan. Chloe is truly a storyteller and wants the world to see how dance can speak the words, that we cannot find.

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Tevan Costoso

Technical Director

Tevan Costoso is a senior Broadcast Media major at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. He was originally born in the Bronx, NY but now lives in Westchester County. He gained a passion for working in broadcasting in high school from working in his high school's television studio, being an on-air personality as well as working all the behind the scenes (lighting, sound, etc.). He continued his passion at Iona College, where he is currently the executive producer of news for ICTV, as well as president of the Model United Nations club.

Tevan has a passion for travel as well. He has recently visited China and Peru, where he has volunteered his services to those in need. Tevan is extremely excited to join the CKDC as technical director and continue his love of traveling with his passion for media!

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Urka Swinney

Tour Manager

Erika Swinney is happy to be joining the CKDC team as the Stage Manager. Erika is a senior at Elon University studying theatrical design and technology with a focus in dance stage management. Erika has worked on countless dance productions including Stage Manager for Elon’s Fall, Spring and Black History Month Dance Concert. Erika also worked as Assistant Director for Elon’s production of Once On this Island. Erika attended ACDA (the American College Dance Association Conference) with Elon in 2017. In Erika’s free time, you can find them listening to tracks to DJ for their next gig, managing artists, or collaborating with peers on music related projects.

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Sara Grassi

Company Dancer

Sara Grassi is an Italian dancer based in New York City. She started dancing at the age of 6. She had the opportunity to study with teachers from Royal Ballet academy, Operà de Paris, Princess Grace Academy, Vaganova Ballet Academy, Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She has been living in the USA for two years and she recently graduated from the Certificate Program at Peridance Center, which she attended as a scholarship student.

She had the opportunity to perform at the Salvatore Capezio Theater in the PCDC “Nutcracker” production with the direction of  Igal Perry, “Beech”, a personalized solo choreographed by Eoghan Dillon, “The eye of the storm” from Igal Perry’s repertoire, “The Seventh Court” by Assaf Salhov and “House Points” by Caleb Teicher.

She has been part of some online dance productions such as “Bridesmaids gives back” by Steven Blandino and the “Stressed out” music video for the band “The Well Pennies” choreographed by Elisabetta minutoli and Niccolo Orsolani. 

Casey Lynn Hartman

Company Dancer

Casey Hartman is a dancer and choreographer born and raised in South Florida where she studied dance from the age 3-19. Upon graduating, Casey attended New World School of the Arts in Miami for two years, earning her Associates Degree in Dance. While doing her studies, she also taught and choreographed many numbers throughout Florida for her school and other local dance companies.

 

Upon moving to NYC in 2012, Casey joined BEings Dance Company Directed by Emily Bufferd. BEings Dance gave her opportunities to perform for numerous concerts and showcases throughout New York, New Jersey, and Boston. Of those performances, Casey has performed at Peridance Capezio Center, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre as well as many other notable dance venues. She currently teaches Ballet, Lyrical, and Acro at a competitive level at Academy of Dance Arts. Choreographing on her students has won her several awards for "Best Choreography".

Casey is now the Artistic Director of Expressions Studio for the Arts located in Briarcliff Manor. Here she spreads her passion for dance and authenticity through her students and staff.

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Haley Morgan Miller

Company Dancer

Haley Morgan Miller is a dancer, choreographer, artist, and teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area, California. She began her training at Marin Ballet working with esteemed artists such as Julia Adam, Robert Dekkers, Sandra Jennings, Amy London, and Cynthia Lucas, feeding a growing fervor for movement as she explored contemporary, jazz, character, and African dance. This impetus brought her to Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School, where she studied all styles of dance, including lessons in composition, history, and anatomy. Here, she collaborated with fellow artists, showing her original works at festivals, and performed pieces from RAW Dance, Christine Cali, and Dexandro Montavalo. Haley went on to study at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, graduating summa cum laude with the Class of 2020, holding a BFA in Contemporary Dance. Under the directorship of Tommy Neblett, Haley performed work by Mark Morris, Juel D. Lane, Michael Figueroa, Jun Kuribayashi, amongst others, and studied with outstanding faculty such as Joy Davis and Kurt Douglas. Since graduating, Haley’s debut dance film, Ephemeral Pleasures, was shown at the Anyplace Anytime Online Dance Film Festival by Cross Move Lab, and FRAMES Virtual Festival hosted by Collective Exchange. She went back to MSA as a Guest Artist and Lecturer, where she set new works on the dance program. Haley shares her passion for art as a ballet teacher at The Tutu School, and an Arts Administration and Marketing Intern for Yana Schintzler HUMAN KINETICS, and working as a freelance artist. She is thrilled and grateful to join CKDC!

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Emma Iredale

Company Dancer

Emma Iredale originates from Castro Valley, California where she first began her dance training at age 3. She started at The Conservatory of Classical Ballet and trained there until she was 14. She then went on to study jazz, modern, and contemporary with summer intensives at The Ailey School in New York City and Alonzo Lines Ballet in San Francisco. During her senior year of high school, Emma joined a competition team with a small, local studio called Michelle’s Dance Explosion. She represented her high school in the California Thespian Festival in Los Angeles and received first place for her original choreography. Emma is currently in her third year of being a Dance Therapy major at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. During her sophomore year, she had the opportunity to perform in New York City with Shawn Bible and his dance company. She participated in every dance concert as well as senior thesis performances since her freshman year. This year she debuted her first choreographed piece in college. "Enclose" was showcased in the Fall Dance Concert and received great reviews. Emma is extremely grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity and is overjoyed to continue to do what she loves most.

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Tyrese Vilela

Company Dancer

Tyrese Vilela struck an interest in dance at two years old by moving around to the music around him and feeling the freedom while dancing. From an early age, Ty watched Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, and later Les Twins and quickly became inspired by their movement. Soon enough, he became fully self taught with dance. Currently, Ty is a sophomore at Manhattanville College where he majors in Dance and is working towards a minor in business management. He is one of the captains of the school hip hop club, “Minds in Motion” where he is taking them to Amsterdam to experience the dance culture in Europe. Throughout Ty’s collegiate career, he fostered an interest in additional styles of dance such as Modern, Contemporary, and Ballet. Since then he has danced for NY based choreographers Michaela McGownen and Mike Esperanza. Tyrese is eager to further explore Contemporary dance with CKDC while incorporating his hip hop background. He can’t wait to start this new chapter of his dance career