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!
Matthew Prescott – Cavalier
Matthew Prescott born and raised in Idaho, graduated high school from Interlochen Arts Academy and attended the inaugural year of the Joffrey/New School University in New York City. In 2000, he joined the Joffrey Ballet for a number of years before setting out as a freelance artist. Working as a freelancer, Matthew has worked and performed with Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Ballet NY, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Amanda Miller, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, The Alabama Ballet, Armitage Gone! Dance, BalletX, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Morphoses the Wheeldon Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. Matthew was featured in Robert Altman’s film The Company. Matthew has choreographed works performed by Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Chamber Dance Project, the Joffrey Ballet School, BalletX, Interlochen Arts Academy, for Misty Copeland for Prince’s Coming to America 2010 Madison Square Garden performances, as well as the Vail International Dance Festival. Matthew made his Broadway debut as the Resident Choreographer on the national tour of Billy Elliot as well as performing the roll of Older Billy. Matthew has also performed on Broadway in the cast of Phantom of the Opera.