Calvin Royal III began his formal dance training under the direction of Suzanne Pomerantzeff and Patricia L. Paige at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Florida at the age 14. He was a finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix Scholarship Competition in New York City in April 2006 and joined the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in September 2006. Royal was also the recipient of the Ethan Stiefel Scholarship in 2006 and 2007. While at the JKO School, Royal appeared in original works by Raymond Lukens and Jessica Lang.
Royal joined ABT II in December 2007 and danced leading roles including Prince Siegfried in the White Swan and Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake, George Balanchine's Allegro Brillante, Jerome Robbins' Interplay, Antony Tudor's Continuo, and works by Edward Liaang, Aszure Barton, Jodie Gates, and Brian Reeder.
Royal joined the main Company as an apprentice in October 2010 and the corps de ballet in April 2011. His repertoire with the Company includes roles in Bach Partita, Black Tuesday, Clear, Duets and Piano Concerto #1, the Recruit in Alexei Ratmansky's The Nutcracker, a Fairy Knight in The Sleeping Beauty and Jaseion in Sylvia. He created a role in Aftereffect.
Mr. Royal's performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Harlan M. Blake.