Calvin Royal III, soloist
A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Calvin is a member of the corps de ballet of American Ballet Theatre. He joined ABT’s pre-professional school after being discovered at the Youth America Grand Prix competition in New York City in 2006. His innate ability and passion for dance was clear, and he was swiftly promoted to ABT Studio Company and then into the Main Company in 2010. Since then, choreographer Alexei Ratmansky has featured him in Piano Concerto #1, and Marcelo Gomes created a role for him in Aftereffect. The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship gave him access to “tools” for a deeper involvement in the classics, including research into the history and dramaturgy of the classics, and additional training at the Royal Opera House at Convent Garden in London and Ballet de l’Opera de Paris.  The improvements in his classical technique allowed Calvin to perform as a Fairy Cavalier in The Sleeping Beauty, land a leading role in Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, and dance in After You and AfterEffect.  Calvin can be seen in the GAP ad for a new dance-inspired fitness line GAP Fit.
Eric Tamm
A native of San Francisco, Eric began his dance training with tap and jazz. His ballet training began at age 14 at the Irine Fokine School of Ballet (2000-2003). After further training with American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company (2004-2007), he was invited to join the main company (corps de ballet) in 2007. Eric designated a portion of his Fellowship funds for acting lessons, which enabled him to step back from the technique of ballet and delve more deeply into the emotions and mannerisms of the characters he portrays.  He also created a dance film, titled  On a Grass Field, which had its premiere at the 2014 Chain New York City Film Festival.  With three former dance colleagues, Eric founded Ballet Mentor, a new online mentorship program for dancers.


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