Bennyroyce Royon received his professional dance training at Evergreen City Ballet (Auburn, Washington) and at The Juilliard School (New York City, New York) where received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance ('06). While at Juilliard, he danced notable works by José Limón, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris and world premieres by Jessica Lang, Jaqulyn Buglisi, Ron Brown, Eliot Feld, Alan Hineline, and Jill Johnson. Bennyroyce has freelanced with numerous dance companies in New York City such as the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Nilas Martins Dance Company, Sidra Bell Dance NY, and Collective Body Dance Lab. He is a founding member of Rasta Thomas' all male dance company, Bad Boys of Dance. Bennyroyce toured Canada and Europe with Cas Public, a Montréal-based contemporary dance company. He is currently in his fourth season with Armitage Gone! Dance under artistic director & choreographer Karole Armitage.
Bennyroyce has taught contemporary classes and workshops in Seattle, New York City, Montréal, Jacob's Pillow, and Stavanger, Norway. His teaching philosophy derives from ballet, modern (Limón-based) and contemporary (Forsythe-based) dance techniques that he believes help shape the highly technical and versatile dancer of today. He also encourages dancers to employ a non-judgmental approach to any endeavors of dance or movement exploration, to unlock creativity through play and improvisation, and to nurture one's highest potential.
Bennyroyce has received choreographic commissions from The Evergreen City Ballet, Bad Boys of Dance, The Juilliard School, and most recently from Atlanta Ballet. Creative Loafing Atlanta describes his work, FLUX (2011), for Atlanta Ballet "unexpected and heart-stoppingly dramatic." Arts Critic Atlanta calls it "refreshingly original." He produces dance projects under his collaborative group Bennyroyce Dance Productions, which he founded in 2006.
Photography by Devlin Shand
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