BENNYROYCE DANCE is excited to present PRISMA, an evening of various/varied contemporary dance works by Filipino-American choreographers Norbert De La Cruz III, Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, and Bennyroyce Royon. The works of these three award winning dancer-choreographers reflect/illuminate (will reveal/display?) the rich spectrum of their artistic practice and creative process (aesthetic, identity, and movement)...  (Add more details here.)


Truth be told, there is just not enough representation of Asian-American (or Filipino-American) choreographers in today's dance scene/market. We are a multifaceted group of artists who offer a unique blend of movement aesthetics, philosophies, and practices. The mission of PRISMA is to reveal ...

The choreographers will work with and share six multicultural dancers throughout the course of the project. They will also work with a broad-minded group of collaborators including costume designer Patrick Saint Jean, lighting designer Joe Doran, and Taiwanese photographer Kuo Huang.

What's so unique about this project? Why these three choreographers? Who is the audience? What community are we serving? Why is it important? Is it relevant? What are you hoping to achieve? What are you creating? Do you share a common goal? 


May 22, 2017, 6-9pm

Work in Progress Studio Showing @ Baryshnikov Arts Center

September 1, 2017 -

Full Production @ New York Live Arts



Our goal is to raise $30,000 to cover the cost of fully producing PRISMA.

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Photo by Tra To


Norbert was born in Bayombong, Philippines and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He is a NY and LA-based dancer-choreographer who was featured in Dance Magazine's "Top 25 To Watch." Norbert graduated from The Juilliard School with a BFA in Dance. He has worked with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Aszure Barton, Ballet Torino, Sydney Skybetter, and Santa Clarita Ballet among others. Norbert has received a Jerome Robbins Foundation's NEW Essential Works Grant, Princess Grace Foundation-USA Choreography Fellowship Award, Joffrey Academy of Dance's Choreographers of Color Award, and many more. His work has been produced by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, James Sewell Ballet, Tulsa Ballet II, Barak Ballet, and BalletX. He has taught his distinctive style of movement in schools and colleges across the US.



Elizabeth was born in Manila, Philippines and became the youngest member of Ballet Philippines. She then went on to dance with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Ohad Naharin, and Joyce Trisler Dance Company. Elizabeth was the first Filipina to join the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, where she became a principal dancer from 1984-1997. The New York Times described her as “a cool, still, lyrical center of the Ailey storm.” She has been featured on the cover of Dance Magazine and was named as one of the 500 most influential Asian-Americans by Avenue Magazine. After leaving Ailey, Elizabeth performed the role of Eliza in the 1996 Broadway musical revival of The King and I. She has taught across the US, Europe, and Asia. Her choreographic works have been presented in the Philippines, Cuba, France, and China. 

Watch her work "Blue" for dancer Wang Yabin.


Bennyroyce was born in Laguna, Philippines and grew up in Auburn, WA. He is a NY-based director, choreographer, and dancer who graduated from The Juilliard School with a BFA in Dance. Bennyroyce has worked on Broadway in the 2015 Tony Award-winning musical revival of The King and I and Off-Broadway in Artist of Light. He has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Sidra Bell Dance NY, Bad Boys of Dance, Armitage Gone! Dance, Alaska Dance Theatre, and Carolyn Dorfman Dance. Bennyroyce has created new works for Marymount Manhattan College, Point Park University, The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Atlanta Ballet, and many more. He has received two CUNY Dance Initiative residencies, Velocity Dance Center’s Creative Resident Award, and The Joffrey Ballet’s Choreographers of Colors Award