Calvin Royal III
Calvin Royal III began his training at the Pinellas County Center for the Arts at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2006, he was awarded the Ethan Stiefel Scholarship to attend American Ballet Theatre’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, and in 2020 was appointed Principal Dancer. He has been named the 2020/21 artist-in-residence at Vail Dance Festival.
Christopher Rudd’s pas de deux Touché, choreographed for American Ballet Theatre during the onset of the pandemic, follows dancers João Menegussi and Calvin Royal III through a charged, vulnerable, and ultimately tender love story. In conversation with scholar Clare Croft, the artists reflect on the politics, poetics, and process of bringing this groundbreaking duet to life.