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Francesca Hayward

Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Francesca Hayward in action.
Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet © ROH, 2014. Photograph by Bill Cooper

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 11. 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, Alice, 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 and Neapolitan Dance (Swan Lake), pas de six (Giselle), Kitri's friend (Don Quixote) and roles in Rhapsody, Infra, Manon, Ballo della regina, Symphony in C and Asphodel Meadows.

Videos

News and features

Watch: Members of The Royal Ballet on Swan Lake

Watch: Members of The Royal Ballet on Swan Lake

17 March 2015

Backstage films from the live relay of Swan Lake, including rehearsal footage and exclusive interviews.

A number of Royal Ballet artists honoured at the National Dance Awards 2015

A number of Royal Ballet artists honoured at the National Dance Awards 2015

26 January 2015

Carlos Acosta, Francesca Hayward, Natalia Osipova and Christopher Wheeldon among the winners at this year's awards.

Royal Ballet receives a number of nominations for National Dance Awards 2014

Royal Ballet receives a number of nominations for National Dance Awards 2014

4 November 2014

Nominations are decided by a panel of 50 dance writers from across the UK.

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.

Photos

Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet

Vadim Muntagirov as the Knave of Hearts and Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Francesca Hayward in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward

Francesca Hayward, James Hay in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward and Tristan Dyer in Infra, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward in Draft Works, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward as Alice and Vadim Muntagirov as the Knave of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward in A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward and Federico Bonelli in rehearsal for A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Alexander Campbell as Hans Peter and Francesca Hayward as Clara in The Nutcracker

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Ballo della regina

Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Francesca Hayward as Manon, Thomas Whitehead as Monsieur G.M and Alexander Campbell as Lescaut in Manon

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

Francesca Hayward

Francesca Hayward and Tristan Dyer in Infra, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward as Clara with Artists of The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker

Royal Ballet in rehearsal

Soloist Francesca Hayward supporting The Royal Ballet's Pointe Shoes Appeal

Francesca Hayward as Alice and Vadim Muntagirov as the Knave of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , The Royal Ballet

Vadim Muntagirov as the Knave of Hearts and Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Francesca Hayward, Téo Dubreuil, Luca Acri and Reece Clark in Kenta Kura’s DW2, Draft Works

Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé

Francesca Hayward as Clara in The Nutcracker

Francesca Hayward and Artists of The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker