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Calvin Royal III



Calvin Royal III


  Calvin Royal III     Photo: Kathryn Wirsing

Calvin Royal III

Photo: Kathryn Wirsing


Calvin began his early dance training at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was at age 14, with two hands on the ballet bare, that he took his first ballet class.  As many in the ballet  world would consider a “late start”, Calvin went on to becoming a finalist at the Youth America Grand Prix Scholarship Competition in New York City which landed him a spot at the highly selective Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theatre.

Moving to New York City his senior year of high school wasn’t easy, but with the support and encouragement of his family and friends back home, Calvin trained as hard as he could for the year and a half he was at the JKO School. In the meantime, he completed his academic studies and graduated with honors from the Professional Performing Arts High School.

Royal showing great promise was promoted into ABT’s junior company, ABT II (now the ABT Studio Company) in December 2007. While in ABT II, Calvin 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 new creations by choreographers Edward Liaang, Aszure Barton, Jodie Gates, and Brian Reeder.

As his time in the second company was nearing the end, Calvin came to a crossroads not knowing what the future held for him at the American Ballet Theatre, because for many of the dancers in the junior company a main company contract is no guarantee. Any notice of promotion would’ve come at the end of his season with the ABT II, but that promotion never came. Calvin decided to refocus his plans for the future and took an opportunity to enroll in the summer ballet program at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket Massachusetts. Known for it's Summer Dance Festival and the many dance companies that would be passing through performing, Calvin was eager to go study, and see as much dance as he could. 

While at Jacob’s Pillow that summer, he worked with former prima ballerina Nina Ananiashvili, Anna Marie Holmes, and Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Virgina Johnson. Nearing the end of his trip, Calvin got the call from ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

It wasn't long after that summer away that Calvin was offered a spot in the main company at ABT as an apprentice, was promoted a few months later to the corps de ballet, and in July of 2017, Calvin was promoted to the rank of Soloist.

Since joining the company, Calvin has danced a wide range of cutting edge contemporary works as well as full-length classical ballets such as Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. Calvin has appeared in many publications including Dance Magazine, Dance Europe Magazine, Pointe Magazine, FLATT Magazine, New York Magazine's REASONS TO LOVE NY Edition, DETAILS Magazine, TIME Style and Design, and The Art of Movement book by NYC Dance Project.  He has been reviewed in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other news outlets for his performances with American Ballet Theatre.

In 2013 Calvin was a finalist at the Clive Barnes Awards, and in 2014 he was the winner of a grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund. Calvin was recently seen in GAP stores worldwide for their new dance inspired fitness line GAP Fit.

Mr. Royal’s performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by Harlan Blake and Sharon Patrick.

Since the beginning of his journey, the blessings have continued to overflow. Calvin looks with open eyes, an open mind and heart to the future and beyond……










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May 14th-July7th

ABT Spring Season, Metropolitan Opera House, NYC

WEek 2: Gala & AfterîTE


Mon MAy 21 6:30p 

NEw Michelle Dorrance

AfterîTE (World Premiere)


Tue May 22 7:30p



WEd May 23 7:30p



Fri May 25 7:30



Sat MAy 26 2p






Mon Jun4 7:30p

Harlequin's Friend (World Premiere)


WEd Jun 6 2p

Harlequin's Friend


Thur jun 7 7:30p

Harlequin's Friend


Sat Jun 9 8p

Harlequin's Friend





WEd Jun 13 7:30p



Fri Jun 15 7:30p



sat jun 16 8p






Mon jun 18 7:30p

VOn Rothbart


wed jun 20 2p & 7:30p

MAt: BEnno

Eve: von rothbart


sat jun 23 2p & 8P

MAT: von rothbart

Eve: Benno




Mon jun 25 7:30p



WEd Jun 27 2p



Sat Jun 30 8p






Tue Jul 3 7:30p

Prince Cocoa


Thur jul 5 7:30p

Prince Coffee


Fri Jul 6 7:30p

Prince Cocoa


Sat Jul 7 8p

Prince Coffee



July 17-18, 2018

Sun Valley Ballet Festival, Sun Valley Pavilion, ID

Tue Jul 17 7:30p

Gemma Bond's "Depuis Le Jour" with Stella Abrera


WEd jul 18 7:30P

Justin Peck's "Increases"


July 21-22, 2018

Fire Island Dance Festival, Fire Island Pines, NY

Jul 21 5p & 7p

Christopher Wheeldon's "Us" pas de deux  w/ Robbie Fairchild

Jul 22 5p

Christopher Wheeldon's "Us" pas de deux  w/ Robbie Fairchild


July 28-Aug 7, 2018

Vail Dance Festival, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, CO

Jul 28 7:30p

Opening Night


Jul 29 7:30p

Serenade After Plato's Symposium


Aug 1 6:30p

Up close: Vail Premiers  


Aug 3 7:30p

International Evenings of Dance I


Aug 4 7:30p

International evenings of dance II


Aug 5 7:30p

Now: premieres


Aug 7 7:30p

dance for $20.18