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Francesca Hayward

First 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

English dancer Francesca Hayward is a First 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, Soloist in 2014 and First Soloist in 2015. 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. She has created roles in Untouchable and Woolf Works.

Videos

News and features

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet for 2015/16

Promotions, joiners and leavers at The Royal Ballet for 2015/16

29 June 2015

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

<em>Woolf Works</em> Dance Highlight: <em>Pas de deux</em> of reminiscence in ‘I Now, I Then’

Woolf Works Dance Highlight: Pas de deux of reminiscence in ‘I Now, I Then’

2 May 2015

Wayne McGregor embraces classical lyricism in the first movement of his ballet triptych inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf.

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.

Photos

Alessandra Ferri and Francesca Hayward in rehearsals for Woolf Works

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

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

Francesca Hayward

Francesca Hayward

Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé

Francesca Hayward in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward as Clara in The Nutcracker

Francesca Hayward and Artists of The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker

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

Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Francesca Hayward as Alice in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Francesca Hayward and Tristan Dyer in Infra, The Royal Ballet

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

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

Francesca Hayward in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

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

Royal Ballet in rehearsal

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Ballo della regina

Francesca Hayward in Draft Works, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward, James Hay in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward and Tristan Dyer in Infra, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward

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

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 as Alice and Vadim Muntagirov as the Knave of Hearts 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