Joy Geronimo Coronel

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Joy Geronimo Coronel was born in Manila on 9 November 1951. She was a dancer, actress and a choreographer.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Assumption Convent. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts, major in Advertising from the University of Santo Tomas.

Her talent as a performer was wide ranging. She knows how to dance the ballet, modern darnce, the Polynesian dance, as well as sing and act. She has trained with professionals both here and abroad to enhance and improve her talents.

As a dancer, she has performed with Dance Theater Philippines, Ballet Philippines, and Julie Borromeo Dance here in the Philippines. While in New York, she danced with Saeko Ichinoche, Flower Hujer Dance Theater, Philippine Dance Company of New York, Folklorico Filipino, All Nations Dance Company, Kanikapila Polynesian Company, and the Radio City Music Hall.

On the other hand, she manifested her acting talents with Broadway presentations such as: Wuthering Heights, Helen of Troy, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Orpheus Descending.

She founded and choreographed for the Philippine Contemporary Dance Ensemble in New York. She also choreographed for other productions as well for the Asian-American Dance Theater, the All Nations Dance Company, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the Metropolitan Dance Theater.

After her performances both here and across the world, Coronel decided to return to Manila in 1989 where she taught in various institutions such as the Metropolitan Dance Theater, Philippine Ballet Theater, CCP Dance School, and the Dance Alliance in National Choreographic Endeavor or DANCE.

She is married to dance-actor James Gregory Paolelli.


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