Joy Voelker – Sugar Plum Fairy
Joy Voelker spent most of her childhood living in Ames, Iowa where her parents grew up and her grandparents still reside. Locally she studied dance at the Robert Thomas Dancenter, Beth Clarke Studio, and Lind Dance School in Des Moines, IA. In Michigan, she studied at The Rochester School of Dance, as well as, performed with the Michigan Ballet Theatre. During the summers she trained with The Juliiard School, The Joffrey Ballet and Paul Taylor Programs.
Graduating high school from the acclaimed Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, Joy received the highest honor given, a Young Artist Achievement Award. That spring she was invited to perform for the Governor of Michigan. She earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Purchase Conservatory of Dance.
While living in Amsterdam, Joy worked with Dutch choreographer Anouk van Dijk. Joy currently resides in New York City performing with companies such as CorbinDances, Lane & Co, Artichoke Dance, 360º and performing at venues such as Jacob’s Pillow, The Metropolitan Playhouse, Dance Theater Workshop, The Alvin Ailey CitiGroup Theater and others. Joy is also a faculty member at the Mark Morris Dance Group and has traveled to Africa doing arts outreach. She is currently working on choreography for a new international project. Joy performed the role of Clara in The Nutcracker at CY Stephens in 1995 and is thrilled to return for the 31st Anniversary as the Sugar Plum Fairy!
Ramon Gaitan – Cavalier
Ramon Gaitan is a native of Nicaragua, He started dancing at the age of 18 at the Academy of Movement and Music. He attended Northern Illinois University where he earned a BFA with an emphasis in dance performance. Mr. Gaitan joined Richmond Ballet as a second year apprentice and went on to dance with Ballet Theatre of Maryland where he performed lead roles such as Cavalier in The Nutcracker Ballet and Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow. Ramon had the privilege of working with choreographer Wayne McGregor during short engagement at the Lyric Opera of Chicago for the production of Midsummer Marriage. Mr. Gaitan was also a member of the Dayton Ballet where he danced many leading roles. He danced the lead in Burklyn Ballet’s Beauty and the Beast at The Fringe Festival in Scotland. Ramon is currently an independent guest artist and has performed for choreographer Ron De Jesus for a Joyce Soho season in NYC, with John-Marks Owen at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, a Japan tour with Ballet Grandiva, as well as other companies throughout the US, including Delta Festival Ballet, Island Moving Company, Festival Ballet, and most recently made a guest appearance with Jose Mateo Dance Theatre.