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!
Justin Koertgen – Cavalier
Justin Michael Koertgen was born and raised in Michigan and attended the Interlochen Arts Academy from 1994 – 2000. He danced for the Dayton Ballet for twelve seasons. Highlights from his time with Dayton Ballet include the roles of “Dracula” in Dayton Ballet’s Dracula, “Laertes” in Stephen Mills’ Hamlet and featured roles in Mills’ Red Roses and Five Flights Up, and Christopher Fleming’s Janis & Joe. Justin has enjoyed several other roles including: “Romeo” and “Tybalt” in Septime Webre’s Romeo & Juliet, “Cavalier” in The Nutcracker, “Don José” opposite Anna Kirker in Carmen, and the title role in Christopher Fleming’s The Who’s Tommy. He has worked as the ballet master and the rehearsal assistant for the Dayton Ballet and has taught for the company and school for the past four years. He has taught all over the country including Huntsville Ballet, Mercyhurst University, and Interlochen Arts Academy. Justin has choreographed for Interlochen Arts Academy, Mercyhurst University, and for the Dayton Ballet. He is currently dancing for BalletFleming and will be taking a faculty position at Interlochen Arts Academy in January.