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Francesca Hayward

Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Francesca Hayward in action.
Francesca Hayward in A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2014

Francesca Hayward is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company in 2011, promoted to First Artist in 2013 and Soloist in 2014. She represented The Royal Ballet at the 2012 International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize.

Hayward began dancing aged three and joined The Royal Ballet School aged 11l. While at the School she won the 2009 Lynn Seymour Prize, the 2010 Young British Dancer of the Year and both silver prize and the audience choice award at the 2010 Genée International Ballet Competition.

Her repertory since joining the Company has included Manon, Clara and the Dance of the Mirlitons (The Nutcracker), Princess Florine and Fairy of the Songbird (The Sleeping Beauty), Princess Stephanie (Mayerling), Vera (A Month in the Country), pas de trois (Swan Lake), pas de six (Giselle) and roles in Rhapsody, Infra, Manon, Ballo della regina, Symphony in C and Asphodel Meadows.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Melissa Hamilton and Francesca Hayward on performing Manon for the first time

Watch: Melissa Hamilton and Francesca Hayward on performing Manon for the first time

3 October 2014

The Royal Ballet's latest Manons on their first appearance in one of ballet's most dramatic roles.

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet

3 July 2014

Details of Company changes for the upcoming Season have been announced.

Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé on the nuances of ballet footwear

Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé on the nuances of ballet footwear

3 March 2014

Royal Ballet artists on dancing in the living room and boots being a dancer's best friend.

Watch: See The Royal Ballet from the perspective of a pointe shoe

Watch: See The Royal Ballet from the perspective of a pointe shoe

13 December 2013

Our film for this year’s Pointe Shoe Appeal follows the life of a shoe from factory to stage.

James Hay wins Audience Choice Award at Erik Bruhn Prize

James Hay wins Audience Choice Award at Erik Bruhn Prize

30 November 2012

Royal Ballet Soloist receives award at National Ballet of Canada Competition.

Photos

Francesca Hayward, Téo Dubreuil, Luca Acri and Reece Clark in Kenta Kura’s DW2, Draft Works © ROH / Tristram Kenton, 2014

Francesca Hayward as Manon, Thomas Whitehead as Monsieur G.M and Alexander Campbell as Lescaut in Manon ©ROH 2014. Photo by Alice Pennefather

Francesca Hayward as Manon, Thomas Whitehead as Monsieur G.M. and Alexander Campbell as Lescaut in MacMillan's Manon (C)ROH/Alice Pennefather, 2014

Francesca Hayward © ROH / Ruairi Watson 2014

Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé © ROH / Ruairi Watson 2014

Francesca Hayward in A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2014

Francesca Hayward

Francesca Hayward

Francesca Hayward, James Hay in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

Francesca Hayward in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

Francesca Hayward in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson, 2014

Francesca Hayward and Federico Bonelli in rehearsal for A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2014

Francesca Hayward as Clara with Artists of The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2013

Francesca Hayward as Clara in The Nutcracker © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2013

Alexander Campbell as Hans Peter and Francesca Hayward as Clara in The Nutcracker © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2013

Francesca Hayward in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2013

Francesca Hayward and Artists of The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2013

Francesca Hayward in Draft Works, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Andrej Uspenski, 2012

Royal Ballet in rehearsal ©ROH/Sim Canetty-Clarke 2012

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Ballo della regina © Bill Cooper/ROH 2012

Francesca Hayward and Tristan Dyer in Infra, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Andrej Uspenski, 2012

Francesca Hayward and Tristan Dyer in Infra, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Andrej Uspenski, 2012