Bennyroyce Royon is an ECB alumnus and trained under the tutelage of Evergreen City Ballet's Founding Artistic Director, Wade Walthall. He then went on to continue his dance studies at The Juilliard School, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Mr. Royon has performed with New York City’s Metropolitan Opera Ballet and was an original cast member of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The King and I. Mr. Royon has performed with numerous professional dance companies and has extensively toured the US, Canada and Europe.
As a choreographer, he has created original works for Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Hispánico, Point Park University, The Joffrey Academy of Dance, and the New York Philharmonic among others. He has taught at various dance schools, universities, and programs in the US and Europe. In 2010, he founded Bennyroyce Dance, a project-based contemporary dance performance, creation and production company which has received multiple residencies in New York City and Seattle. Mr. 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.
Originally from Yakima Washington, Ms. George received her classical training at the Yakima School of Ballet. Her training continued at Eugene Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and private instruction with a concentration in the modern and contemporary styles of dance.
Her classroom instruction centered at Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) Teacher Seminar, with an emphasis on curriculum development and dance pedagogy. As an undergrad, she attended Cornish College of the Arts on full scholarship; in 2003, she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts. In 2017, she accepted a Faculty role at Green River College Department of Dance and Fine Arts.
Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of performing alongside Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet, Big Red Dance Company, and Aeon Contemporary Dance. Her passion for dance emphasizes foundation, technique, style, interpretation, culture, empowerment, relatability, and authenticity.
Ms. George is currently pursuing graduate candidacy with intent to complete her Masters of Fine Arts in dance education. She actively participates as standing faculty with Elite Dance Camps, Children's Dance Theater and continues her choreography in the Greater Seattle area public school system.
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Originally from Oregon, Ms. Yager began her ballet training at the age of 8, followed by gymnastics at age 13. In 1977, she relocated with her family to Bellevue, Washington where she excelled as captain of Newport High School gymnastics team and competed in the Washington state gymnastics meet in 1981.
As a young adult, she earned her degree in Recreation Leadership from Bellevue College. In addition to her studies, she worked at Mustard Seed Daycare Preschool, taught preschool gymnastics, directed Sunday School instruction and operations at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, volunteered at Kennydale Elementary, and was an assistant coach for Ringdall, Junior High School gymnastics team before pursuing a career in airport operations at the Port of Seattle in SeaTac, Washington.
In addition to exploring dance and movement classes around the Puget Sound region, Ms. Yager's favorite things include hiking with her dog, camping, reading, drawing, and sewing.
Ms. Malady was born and raised in South Africa, where she learned to sew at an early age and made all of her own costumes as a competitive ice skater. After moving to the United States, she earned her B.S. in Human Biology from the University of Utah, followed by a credential in Elementary Education after relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area.
She has two daughters who have been dancers from a young age and has been designing and creating costumes for their school theatre, dance performances, and competitions for the past 14 years. She started working with Evergreen City Ballet (ECB) four years ago as a volunteer and has thoroughly enjoyed working with its talented dancers, faculty, and staff to bring professional stage productions to life.
In her spare time, Ms. Malady enjoys reading and creating unique miniature tutus.
2019/2020 ECB CORE FACULTY
About Our Core Faculty
Evergreen City Ballet’s 2019/2020 Core Faculty consists of the Artistic Director, School Principal and five instructors who are committed and dedicated to providing the highest quality dance education to all of our academy students. Each instructor is passionate about instilling ECB’s core values of excellence, integrity, discipline, respect, inclusiveness, professionalism, and teamwork. ECB’s unique dance curriculum offers a rigorous, well-rounded, and holistic approach to learning and development. Core Faculty instructors may periodically rotate within their designated levels, at the discretion of the Artistic Director and School Principal, to ensure that ECB delivers a comprehensive and dynamic learning experience. Each instructor is available for one hour coaching or private session to work with a student one-on-one and help advance their technique and artistry. At ECB, our goal is to help each student learn, grow, and thrive.
Level IV to PD
Ms. Porter grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. She trained with Ballet West and First Chamber Dance Company and attended high school at the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts. She began her professional career dancing with The Washington Ballet in Washington, DC and then with Pacific Northwest Ballet. Ms. Porter was the Artistic Director of Ballet Bellevue for three years where she created two original full length ballets. She has created works for The Katy Hagelin Dance Project, Inception Dance Theater and her highly acclaimed Sacred and Profane for Burmer Music. Her piece, Vim was recently performed in Croatia. In February of 2017, Ms. Porter took 1st prize at The Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival, in Utah, for her piece Duet and was invited to return and to present an evening of her choreography. In October she brought 10 dancers from Seattle to Utah, to perform her original choreography for an enthusiastic audience at The Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden, Utah.
In addition to choreography, Ms. Porter has been teaching for 20 years and has enjoyed working with not only professional dancers, but students and non-dancers. She's taught all over the state, choreographing musicals, graduation dances, and the occasional flash mob. Ms. Porter loves coaching, mentoring and nurturing the passion for dance in her students that she has celebrated her whole life.
Level IV to PD
Ms. Butcher is a dancer, teacher, and creative artist based in Seattle, Washington. She received her training at Evergreen City Ballet, with summers spent at Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, the Juilliard School, and DanceWorks Chicago. After graduating high school with an Associate's Degree in 2012, she continued her training at LINES Ballet's Training Program in San Francisco. Since returning to Seattle, Ms. Butcher has worked with choreographers Amy J Lambert, Petra Zanki, and Cameo Lethem, additionally performing with Coriolis Dance and the Seattle Opera.
"Charmaine Butcher’s dazzling presence on stage is only outmatched by her exquisite movement quality, a technical talent who shines equally in balletic sections, punchy jazz and goofball comedy" — CityArts
While nurturing her desire to perform, she simultaneously developed her unique approach to teaching. Driven by her training, education, and experience, Ms. Butcher believes that a student's physical ability is only defined by the fullness of their spirit. Primarily teaching contemporary ballet, she is dedicated to the development of the individual, regardless of perceived limitations. She believes that if she empowers students to trust in their unlimited physical, intellectual, and emotional potential, those individuals may carry that dedication throughout their life, creating a ripple effect throughout their communities.
Level II A to IV
Nathan Cook began his ballet training at the age of four at Washington Contemporary Ballet in Tacoma, WA, where he studied classical and contemporary ballet under the direction of Kay Englert. He has studied a wide variety of other dance styles including modern, tap, jazz, and flamenco. He received further training from Spectrum Dance Theatre and Pacific Northwest Ballet, where he spent four summers dancing on merit scholarship. Over the years, Mr. Cook has studied with many notable directors and instructors including Peter Boal, Vicki Pulkinen, Eva Stone, Sonja Dawkins, Donald Byrd, Bruce Wells, Timothy Lynch, and Stephanie Wood. As a professional dancer and guest artist he has had the privilege of working with esteemed choreographers such as Adam Miller, Julie Tobiason, Jennifer Porter, Eva Stone, and Stanko Milov. Major roles danced by Mr. Cook include Peter Pan, Hilarion, Franz, Sugar Plum Cavalier, Prince Charming, Prince Ivan and Nick Bottom, to name a few. Mr. Cook recently retired as the Director of Washington Contemporary Ballet and is currently dancing with Khambatta Dance Company.
Creative Movement to Level II B
Ms. Bevington was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. She started dancing at age 4 with her twin sister, where they received early training at Ballet Etudes in Mesa, Arizona. Ms. Bevington had the opportunity to participate in multiple performances ranging from Nutcracker to original contemporary works.
At age sixteen, she relocated with her family to Washington where she and her sister enrolled with Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) under full scholarship. She has attended summer intensive programs with PNB, School of American Ballet, and Oregon Ballet Theater. Her professional training has also included work and performance opportunities with PNB's Professional Division Program, Cincinnati Ballet, and Nevada Ballet Theatre. Over the years, her favorite roles have included Twyla Tharp’s Sweet Fields; Tall Fairy in George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Dew Drop Fairy in the Nutcracker; Winter Fairy in Cinderella.
Ms. Bevington enjoys teaching younger level students at Evergreen City Ballet (ECB) and is very excited to be a part of their foundational training.
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Ms. Martin has been part of Evergreen City Ballet (ECB) since its inception in 1994. She began as a student under founding Artistic Director, Wade Walthall, and progressed to a Company Dancer performing principal roles including Cinderella, Sugarplum Fairy and Lilac Fairy in Sleeping Beauty. She also performed in Amsterdam and Austria with the Salzburg Ballet.
After returning stateside and recovering from an injury, Ms. Martin began instructing and working as Ballet Mistress for ECB for 10 years. During this time, she also pursued a Montessori teaching certification and began classroom instruction in Washington state. She enjoys teaching both in the studio and in the classroom, implementing Montessori principles with all of her students.