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 (now the ABT Studio Company) 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 a Cavalier in Frederick Ashton's Cinderella, Persian Man in The Golden Cockerel, the Recruit and the Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, a Carnival Dancer in Othello, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet, the Spanish Prince and Prince Fortune in The Sleeping Beauty, Benno and the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake, Jaseion in Sylvia and roles in Bach Partita, Black Tuesday, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Clear, Company B, Duets, Piano Concerto #1, Raymonda Divertissements, Seven Sonatas, Sinfonietta, Symphony in C and Thirteen Diversions.
He created a Fairy Cavalier in Alexei Ratmansky's The Sleeping Beauty, a leading role in Serenade after Plato's Symposium and roles in After You and AfterEffect.
Royal was a 2014 winner of a grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund.
Mr. Royal's performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Harlan Blake and Sharon Patrick.