Bennyroyce Royon is a Filipino-American dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in Brooklyn, NY. He founded BENNYROYCE DANCE, a project-based contemporary dance company, in 2010 and has since led the troupe to perform at theaters and dance festivals in New York City, Seattle, New Orleans, Cleveland and Oberlin, Ohio. Royon holds a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School. He 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.
While at Juilliard, he danced notable works by Jose Limon, Paul Taylor, and Mark Morris, and world premieres by Jessica Lang, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Ron Brown, Eliot Feld, Alan Hineline, and Jill Johnson. Royon has worked with distinguished 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, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and Sidra Bell Dance New York. He is a founding member of Rasta Thomas’ all-male dance company Bad Boys of Dance.
Outside of New York City, Royon has guested with Alaska Dance Theatre and toured Canada and Europe with Cas Public, a Montréal-based contemporary dance company. He has appeared in PBS’s Great Performances, on Good Morning America, and is currently dancing on Broadway in Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award-winning revival of The King and I.
As a dancemaker, Royon has received choreographic commissions from Marymount Manhattan College, Point Park University, Princeton University Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Bad Boys of Dance, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Harvard Ballet Company, The Joffrey Academy of Dance, The Juilliard School (Senior Dance Showcase), and Velocity Dance Center among others.
Other choreographic credits include originating the lead role in 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) at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. For Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' 27th Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition (2016) Royon choreographed Small House of Bernie Sanders, a musical skit featuring ensemble members of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical The King and I.
He most recently received a CUNY Dance Initiative residency at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture for the second consecutive year, and additionally received Velocity Dance Center’s Creative Resident Award (2014) and The Joffrey Ballet’s Choreographers of Colors Award (2012). He is a co-founder of AC+BR, a creative partnership in avant-garde choreography and performance with dancer and choreographer Alexis Convento.
As a teacher, he has taught at Marymount Manhattan College, Brooklyn Music School, Art in Motion Dance Center, Joffrey Ballet School, Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, Velocity Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, Dance Theater of Harlem, Evolve Dance, and at The Evergreen City Ballet. He has also taught outside the United States at Movement Dance Festival in Israel and at the University of Stavanger in Norway. Royon is currently on faculty at the New York Performing Arts Center in Harrison, NY.
"A sense of playfulness and wonder motivate my work, stimulating the intellect and instinct of an individual or group. I see my work as a conversation not only between the body, space, and time, but also between artists from different fields."