TEACHERS

Photo by Merav Maroody
Joy Alpuerto Ritter
AKRAM KHAN COMPANY

Joy Alpuerto Ritter was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. In her youth she was trained in Jazz and Ballett (RAD - Royal Academy of Dancing) and learned Philippine and Polynesian Folk Dance in the cultural dance group led by her mother. In 2004 Joy graduated at the Palucca School in Dresden, Germany with a dance diploma. After that she started working as a freelance dancer with choreographers like Christoph Winkler, Anja Kozik, Constanza Macras, Milan Gervais, Heike Hennig and Yui Kawaguchi. During this time she felt passionate about expanding her repertory in Hip Hop/New Style, Breakdance and Voguing and was active in the urban dance battle 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. 2016 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 and is one of the Aerowaves artists 2020. 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 was part at the UK Arts cross Exchange at the Beijing dance academy.

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