Meet the Company
Chloe Mae Kastner
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 where she also competed on the ADA dance company team. Chloe has been teaching and choreographing since 14 across Westchester county working with aspiring dancers. She taught Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Theatre Dance at Academy of Dance Arts for 4 years where Chloe was also the head director of Junior Competition Team where she trained 6-11-year-olds at a professional level.
Upon graduating high school, Chloe has 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” 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. Since graduation, Chloe founded her own dance company in November 2018. She has toured her work locally and globally. The summer, CKDC had its global debut at the 2019 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland where she was recognized by BBC and dance critic David Meade. 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 “Joy is Sick” 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.
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!
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.
Marco Simone Fiumara is a singer, actor, dancer and choreographer training at Manhattanville College. The New York State native grew up in Mahopac N.Y. and is currently working on a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Marco started studying dance at the age of 18 in his first year of college. In just his 3 years of experience he has had the pleasure of working with New York City professionals Ara Fitzgerald, Shawn T. Bible, Marta Renzi, and Julia Ehrstrand.
Before starting his dance training professionally, Marco was a co-choreographer of his high school acapella group. Marco is a two-time recipient of the Best Choreography in the North West Region Award given at the International Competition for High School Acapella (ICHSA). His passion for bringing dance, theatre, and music together has inspired him to perform in many different productions. Whether in plays, musicals, or dance concerts Marco has been able to expand his horizons while at Manhattanville College. Some of his recent roles include Thisby in Midsummer Night's Dream, and Boy Bad Idea Bear/Mrs. Thistletwat in Avenue Q. Marco was delighted to join CDKD in performing overseas at the 2019 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Casey Lynn Hartman
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".
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.
Antonia was raised in long island and began her dance training at age 4 at a small studio called the American Dance Academy. As her training progressed, she studied all styles of dance at MOBA Dance Academy in New Hyde Park until her senior year of high school. Here she furthered her ballet and contemporary technique, as well as began her teaching experience. Antonia was also a dedicated competitive dancer throughout most of her training, traveling to regional and national dance competitions competing for titles, modeling contracts, management deals, and more. She is now a undergraduate dance therapy major at Manhattanville College with a minor in Psychology. She teaches dance to kids at Pound Ridge Dance Studio, as well as subbing classes in other schools in the Westchester area, such as East Pointe Dance and Artistry Dance Project. She is excited to expand her dance training at school as well as through teachers in New York City, and continue to be a dance educator.
Ailesha Leylani Ortiz
Ailesha L. Ortiz Meléndez was born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. She started her classical training at the age of 2 in a small studio, but at the age of 7 she joined the school of Balleteatro de Puerto Rico where she expanded her technique for 10 years. Ailesha has participated in The Nutcracker, The Bayadère, Carmen, Sylvia, and many more. She has also been trained by ballet masters like Joaquín Banegas, Sylvia Marichal, Laura Valentín, and Osmay Molina.
Currently Ailesha lives in New York where she attends Manhattanville College. She's majoring in Sociology with minors in French and Dance. There she has taken ballets classes and participated in the Spring Dance Concert and in the Senior Thesis Festival. Outside of academics Ailesha is part of Latin Fusion, one of the dance teams of the College. Ailesha is excited to expand her talent in this new chapter CKDC has offered her!
Natalie Ramos was raised in New York & New Jersey, where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Salsa, and African at Bridgeton High School. Being inspired as a violinist, she strengthened her skills as a dancer by participating in every dance showcase. She had taken the lead dancer role for Hello Dolly Musical & The Fantasticks Musical further improving her craft. Natalie is currently a junior Dance Movement Therapy major at Manhattanville College with minors in Psychology and Women’s Gender and Studies. Joining the department, she was casted as the lead in Chloe Kastner’s "Dear Son" for the Fall Dance Concert of 2017 and continues to work for NYC guest choreographers such as Takehiro Uyama and Julia Ehrstrand.
Natalie showcased her first choreographed piece," La Llorona", at the Fall Dance Concert of 2018. Outside of the department, she continues to dedicate her time being a Resident Advisor, an Event Coordinator for the Latin American Student Organization club and being the Head Choreographer for the Latin Fusion dance team on campus. Natalie is grateful & full of excitement for expanding her talent through CKDC starting with such a great opportunity outside of the United States.
Patricia Swietek, a Connecticut native, first developed her passion for acting and theatre in high school. Starting off as an ensemble member in her high school’s shows, she began to grow her skill set to strengthen herself as a performer. She took voice lessons, participated in an all-girls a capella group, and even started an improvisation club. Patricia is currently a senior Dance and Theatre major at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. Since joining the department, Patricia has had the opportunity to be in several plays and senior theses, her personal favorites being A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Eurydice, in which she played Hermia and Eurydice respectively. Patricia is proud to be working with CKDC for this incredible opportunity, and she is excited to continue to kindle her passion in new ways.
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