Calvin Royal III
Calvin Royal III
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 during his time at the JKO School.
Royal showing great promise was promoted into ABT’s junior company, ABT II, and had the chance to perform leading roles such as 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 ABT II was nearing the end, Calvin came to a crossroads not knowing what the future held for him at the American Ballet Theatre. Many of the dancers in the junior company were not promised a spot in the main company at ABT, and would go on to dance for other national and international companies across the globe. Any notice of promotion would’ve come at the end of his season with the ABT II, but that didn’t happen.
Calvin decided to refocus his plans for the future and took an opportunity to study for the summer after ABT II ended at a ballet program at Jacob’s Pillow. Known for it's Summer Dance Festival and the many dance companies that would be passing through performing, Calvin was eager to be part of it.
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. By the end of the program, Calvin got a 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. There hadn’t been many male dancers of color with ABT to hold that rank in over a decade, and was a huge accomplishment and honor to recieve.
Since joining the company, Calvin has danced a wide range of cutting edge contemporary and full-length classical ballets such as Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. Calvin has appeared in 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 sources 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.
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