Christine Joy Alpuerto Ritter known as Joy was born in 1982 in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
She moved to Germany with her mother when she was 4 years old and grew up in Freiburg im Breisgau where she took her first Ballett classes at the Ballettstudio Krain.
In these 10 years she was trained in Ballett and Jazz and took part at the RAD (Royal academy of dancing), dance competitions, Ballett Performances and Shows with the philippine and polynesian Culture Dance group that was lead by her mother.
At the age of 17 she was accepted at the Palucca Dance School in Dresden, Germany and graduated with a diploma in 2004. After that she started working as a contemporary freelance dancer in and around Berlin with choreographers like: Christoph Winkler, Anja Kozik, Constanza Macras, Wangramirez and Heike Hennig.
During this time she expanded her repertory in Hip Hop/ New Style , Breakdance and Voguing and took part in several Dance Battles like Voguing out Berlin, Defipayette, Funkin stylz and Juste Debout. She was also a member of the Hip Hop Girls Crew “Mrs. Kill Bill” in Berlin.
In 2011 she joined Cirque du Soleil as a dancer and aerial artist in the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour and performed in many cities in USA, Canada and Europe for 2 years.
Since 2013 she has been a dancer of the Akram Khan Dance Company and the company Wangramirez where she continues her touring life all around the world. In 2016 she has been nominated as “outstanding female dancer” (modern) in the Performance “Until the Lions” by the National Dance Awards UK. Joy likes to improvise and to freestyle, always looking for a new way to develop her own individual style and expression.
PROFESSIONAL STAGE EXPERIENCE and CREATIONS IN DANCE THEATRE
2016: Solo Performance from and with Christine Joy Alpuerto
2013 till now: Dancer in the Akram Khan Company
Shows: iTMOi, Until the lions
2015 till now: Dancer in the Company WangRamirez
Shows: Borderline (replacement) , Everyness
2011- 2012 Dancer & Aerial Artist at the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour by Cirque du soleil
2015 till now: Dancer in the Show “Beethoven – the next level” directed by Christoph Hagel and Khaled Chaabi
2009 Project by Denis (Koone) Kuhnert, Show: …and what happens after?!
2009 Exchange Project sponsored by the Goethe Institut in Montreal
concept: Milan Gervais “Human playground” , Show: Auto fiction
2004- 2010 Projects by Christoph Winkler
Shows: Sexualität und Wahrheit (Triple Bill), Who by fire, Routines, Tales of the Funky, Taste of Ra, Saal A, Taking steps
2009 – 2010 Projects by Constanza Macras (dancer replacement):
Shows: Hell on earth, Megalopolis
2007- 2010 Projects by Heike Hennig
Shows: Zeitsprünge, Alcina, Merula Glass (Opening of the Neues Museum in Berlin) , Rituale, Maria XXX
2004- 2010 Projects with Oxymoron Dance Company directed by Anja Kozik
Shows: Oxymoron, Einsturzgefahr, I want to believe, Revolte, Tanz mit mir (a Co-production with the Hans- Otto-Theater Potsdam)
COMMERCIAL WORK EXCERPTS
Cirque du soleil : Good morning America, Dancing with the stars USA
Dancing with the stars Germany
Lollipop Monster: german movie by Ziska Riemann
Eurovision song contest (with guest artist Jan Delay)
Hansl and Gretl – the witch hunters : american – german movie by Tommy Wirkola
(as a stunt woman)