Joy Voelker’s approach to movement has a deep relationship with the anatomy and physiology of the dancer’s instrument. Being in touch with the instrument and using energy in opposing direction gives way to more efficient movement and frees the body to express and enjoy dancing.This approach has formed over connecting aspects from movement techniques such as Gyrotonics, Alexander Technique, and Yoga as well as dance techniques such as Classical Ballet, Countertechnique, Limon, and other contemporary dance styles.
Joy is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and holds a BFA from the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. Her pre-professional training also includes The Juilliard School, The Paul Taylor School, Joffrey Ballet, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Amsterdam, and Anouk van Dijk Dance Company. Her performing career includes CorbinDances, 360º Dance Company, Lane & Co, Headless Horse, Artichoke Dance Company, children’s’ programs at the Metropolitan Playhouse and Guest Artist as the Sugar Plum Fairy for Iowa State Center’s The Nutcracker. Joy has also participated in outreach programs. Her most significant trip was with the Beech Foundation working with choirs of all ages and dance with children while breaking ground for Tumaini Children’s Home.
Joy was a faculty member at the Mark Morris Dance Center for 6 years in New York teaching all ages in Ballet, Modern, Creative Movement and more. Some of the institutions she has taught master classes or intensive workshops for include Dance Society of Colorado Springs, Lawrence Arts Center, Robert Thomas Dancenter, Park Hill Dance Academy, and Landing Dance Academy.
While living in New York Joy trained extensively at the Shen Tao Studio. The Sen Tao approach combines aspects of Gyrotonics, Pilates, Yoga, Sports Psychology, Vipassana Meditation, Anatomy, and Self Massage with Classical Ballet and Modern/Contemporary Dance technique. Joy is passionate about teaching this work as cross training while also integrating it in to the dance classes. Joy’s classes work to develop the dancer as a whole by incorporating these different teachings to form a healthy and efficient physical approach with a fulfilling spirited artistic approach.