Get to know ECB's New Artistic Director
Bennyroyce Royon is a Filipino-American director, choreographer, and dancer based in Brooklyn, NY and Seattle, WA. He received a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School in 2006. As a performer and collaborator he has worked on Broadway (The King and I), Off-Broadway (Artist of Light), at The Metropolitan Opera (Madama Butterfly, Turandot, The First Emperor), at the New York Philharmonic (The Cunning Little Vixen), and with dance companies including Armitage Gone! Dance, Sidra Bell Dance New York, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Alaska Dance Theatre, The Nilas Martins Dance Company, Collective Body Dance Lab, Cas Public, and Bad Boys of Dance.
Royon has been noted by The New York Times for his "keenly focused, succinct way with movement." He has worked with choreographers Aszure Barton, Karole Armitage, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Christopher Gattelli, Greg Zane, Sidra Bell, and Carolyn Dorfman, among others. He has appeared on PBS Great Performances, Good Morning America, and the music videos of Son Lux and My Brightest Diamond.
“Benny is a wonderful dancer, a tremendous artist, a valued collaborator and an exceptionally gifted teacher. Our work together in New York was some of my favorite of my career. His tenacity and skill and compassion are all among the best on Broadway. Any institution would be lucky to have him and students will be beautifully guided and exceptionally cared for in their work," says Bartlett Sher, Resident Director at Lincoln Center Theater.
As a choreographer, Royon has received commissions from Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Hispánico, Point Park University, and The Joffrey Academy of Dance to name a few. His works have been praised by dance critics as "unexpected and heart-stoppingly dramatic" and "refreshingly original." He has received two CUNY Dance Initiative residencies, Velocity Dance Center’s Creative Resident Award, and The Joffrey Ballet’s Winning Works Choreography Award. He is a Dance Motion USA Follow-On PDP alumnus.
"Bennyroyce Royon has developed a distinctive choreographic voice, and in the studio his collaborative spirit engages and inspires dancers. His worldly perspective brings focus to his imagination and sparks his commentary on what he brings to the stage," says John McFall, former Artistic Director of Atlanta Ballet.
In 2010, he founded Bennyroyce Dance, a project-based contemporary dance company. His company has performed at venues in New York City including The Joyce Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, Bryant Park Presents, and more. Comprised of a multicultural group of broad-minded artists, Bennyroyce Dance delivers energetic and physical contemporary works with “glimmers of ballet vocabulary and lots of edge” (BroadwayWorld.com).
Royon comes with a background and experience that makes him uniquely qualified to lead Evergreen City Ballet into the future. He is an ECB alumni that got his start in dance with our Founding Artistic Director, Wade Walthall. "From the beginning of his training, Benny showed incredible promise. I am so proud of all his successes. Benny is a great example of the worth of Evergreen City Ballet and a perfect representation as Artistic Director for ECB," says Wade Walthall.
Royon is a passionate arts administrator, educator and advocate who centers his artistic and creative endeavors at the intersection of innovation, collaboration and community building. "We are confident that his experience, leadership, organizational and artistic skills will guide us to a new level of excellence and professionalism. Together with a newly-assembled strong, cohesive team of staff and volunteers, we are moving in a positive direction. The future of ECB is bright for our staff, families, and most importantly, our dancers," says Colleen Florio, ECB's Board Vice President.
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