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April 8, 2014

Calvin Royal III to Receive 2014 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship

Calvin Royal III in Clear.

American Ballet Theatre corps de ballet member Calvin Royal III has been awarded a 2014 Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship. The Fellowship, which recognizes young artists of extraordinary talent, provides additional resources to help them realize their full potential.

To encourage the personal and artistic development of young artists, the one-year Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship will provide funds to cover training and expenses outside of ABT’s regular season, such as guest coaches/teachers, master teachers, a physical therapist/trainer, specialty teachers to explore artistic areas outside of dance, pianists, and studio space, as well as college courses and business/entrepreneurial interests.

Calvin Royal III began his formal dance training at the age of 14 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.  He joined the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre in September 2006 and was the recipient of the Ethan Stiefel Scholarship in 2006 and 2007.

Royal joined ABT II (now the ABT Studio Company) in December 2007.  He became an apprentice with the main Company in October 2010 and joined the corps de ballet in April 2011.  His repertoire with the Company includes the Recruit in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, a Fairy Knight in The Sleeping Beauty, Jaseion in Sylvia and roles in Bach Partita, Black Tuesday, Clear, Duets and Piano Concerto #1.  He created a role in Aftereffect.

The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Leonore Annenberg (1918-2009) served as U.S. Chief of Protocol during the first term of President Ronald Reagan.  Her philanthropic work focused on education, the arts and civic affairs. Visit for more information.

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