Joy Alpuerto Ritter was born in 1982 in Los Angeles. She moved to Germany when she was 4-years old and grew up in Freiburg im Breisgau where she took her first ballet classes at the Ballettstudio Krain. During those 10 years she was trained in ballet and jazz and got more experience through the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance), dance competitions, ballet performances and shows with the Philippine and Polynesian Culture Dance group – led by her mother.
At the age of 17 she was accepted at the Palucca Dance School in Dresden. Since graduating in 2004 she has been working mostly in Berlin as a freelance dancer with choreographers like Christoph Winkler, Anja Kozik (Potsdam), Heike Hennig (Leipzig), Milan Gervais (Montreal) and Constanza Macras. Since 2005 she has dedicated her passion into the hip hop scene, and has been practicing different styles like hip hop , breakdance and vogueing . She has participated in many dance battle events throughout Europe like Juste Debout, Defipayette, Voguing out, Funkyn stylz and won several prices. In 2011 she was proudly invited as a dancer to be part of the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour, an arena show by the Cirque du Soleil, which toured through USA, Canada and Europe.
Since 2012 she has been working with Akram Khan Company for iTMOi.