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Bennyroyce Royon

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Filipino-American dancer and choreographer Bennyroyce Royon holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. Royon has been noted by The New York Times for his "keenly focused, succinct way with movement" and lauded by his contemporaries for his sophisticated ability to blend kinetic physicality, tactile gestures, and fluid energy. He has worked with notable choreographers such as Karole Armitage, Aszure Barton, Sidra Bell, and Carolyn Dorfman, and has performed with numerous acclaimed dance companies in New York City including Armitage Gone! Dance, Bad Boys of Dance, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and Sidra Bell Dance New York.

Outside of New York City, Royon has guested with Alaska Dance Theatre in Anchorage, Alaska, and toured Canada and Europe with Cas Public, a Montréal-based contemporary dance company. He has appeared in PBS Great Performances, on Good Morning America, and in the music videos of producer and composer Son Lux, experimental-pop artist My Brightest Diamond, and German rapper and record producer Danny Bokelmman (or D-Bo).

Royon has received choreographic commissions from Atlanta Ballet, Bad Boys of Dance, The Juilliard School (Senior Dance Showcase), The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Harvard Ballet Company, and Columbia Ballet Collaborative. Atlanta Ballet presented the world premiere of FLUX (2011), a multimedia dance creation incorporating set design, large-scale video projection, and an original score by Son Lux. FLUX was praised by dance critics as “unexpected and heart-stoppingly dramatic” and “refreshingly original.” Bad Boys of Dance presented the premiere of Take 4 (2007) during the company’s debut at Jacob’s Pillow’s 70th Anniversary Season. Take 4 was also featured in the documentary dance film NEVER STAND STILL (2012) by award-winning producer and director Ron Honsa. The Boston Globe applauded this highly charged work as “dynamite” and ”pushed at the edges.”

Other choreographic credits include originating the lead role “Jacob” for iLuminate’s Off-Broadway production of Artist Of Light (2012) at The Duke on 42nd Street, and as the Assistant Choreographer to Karole Armitage for the New York Philharmonic’s production of The Cunning Little Vixen (2011).

Royon most recently received Velocity Dance Center’s Creative Resident Award in 2014 and The Joffrey Ballet’s Choreographers of Colors Award in 2012, and has been commissioned to create a new work by Point Park University in January of 2015. He is also a guest faculty at various schools around the US.