September 26th 2020


Joy Alpuerto Ritter was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. In her youth she was trained in Ballett, Jazz, Philippine and Polynesian Folk Dance. In 2004 Joy graduated at the Palucca School in Dresden, Germany with a dance diploma. After that she started working as a freelance contemporary dancer with choreographers like Christoph Winkler, Anja Kozik, Constanza Macras, Milan Gervais, Heike Hennig and Yui Kawaguchi. During this time she expanded her repertory in Hip Hop/New Style, Breakdance and Voguing and was active in the urban dance scene in Europe. In 2011 she joined Cirque du Soleil as a dancer and aerial artist for the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour. Since 2013 she has been a dancer and rehearsal director of the Akram Khan Dance Company and the company Wangramirez where she continues her touring life all around the world. She has been nominated as "outstanding female dancer" (modern) in the Performance "Until the Lions" by the National Dance Awards UK.

With her own solo work „Babae“ she has found international response as a Choreographer. Joy has been collaborating as an associate choreographer with Akram Khan, Chen Shi-Zheng, Florence and the machine and created performances for the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), Dance Arts Faculty Rome (DAF) and Beijing dance academy.

About her Workshop

Joy's workshop is a training fusion out of different movement techniques. Her versatile background in ballett, Hip Hop, Voguing, philippine folk dance and contemporary dance made her develop an interesting mix of movement qualities. In her class Joy will focus on body isolation, waving, groove and floor work. She combines these elements with contemporary dance and will train the body to be strongly grounded but at the same time dynamic and virtuous in space. While physical rhythm and musicality are important components that will be practiced in several combinations and exercises.

The workshop will also include improvisational tasks where the dancers will work on movement concepts and different body states as a challenge to engage creativity and to explore individual qualities and expression.