Joel Sterken is 16 and a junior at Dos Pueblos High School. Joel has been dancing with Gustafson Dance for nine years. He has been in SSBYD for 4 years. In 2011 he received 1st place at the Santa Barbara Ballet Competition for his age group. He has played the role of Fritz annually in State Street Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker. He has attended the State Street Ballet Summer Intensive, and most recently the Utah Regional Ballet Summer Intensive on full scholarship.