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Joined ABT 2010 / Soloist since 2017
Photo: Jade Young
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. 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 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 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. He was appointed a Soloist in September 2017. His repertoire with the Company includes a Cavalier in Cinderella, Dorcon in Daphnis and Chloe, Espada in Don Quixote, the Third Sailor in Fancy Free, Persian Man in The Golden Cockerel, Pierrot in Harlequinade, the Recruit 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, von Rothbart, Benno and the Spanish Dance in Swan Lake, Jaseion in Sylvia, Prince Coffee and Prince Cocoa in Whipped Cream and roles in AfterEffect, Bach Partita, Black Tuesday, Brahms-Haydn Variations, Clear, Company B, Duets, Her Notes, Piano Concerto #1, Raymonda Divertissements, Seven Sonatas, Sinfonietta, Symphonic Variations and Thirteen Diversions.
He created a Fairy Cavalier in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, leading roles in AFTERITE, Serenade after Plato’s Symposium and Songs of Bukovina and roles in After You, Aftereffect (first production), AfterEffect, Dream within a Dream (deferred) and Praedicere.
Royal was named a finalist at the 2013 Clive Barnes Awards and, in 2014, was awarded the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund grant. He was featured in two consecutive campaigns for GAP’s dance-inspired fitness line GAPFit.
Mr. Royal's performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Harlan Blake and Sharon Patrick.
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