Colombian dancer Fernando Montaño is a Soloist with The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company in 2006 as an Artist and was promoted to First Artist in 2010 and Soloist in 2014. He represented the Company in the 2007 Erik Bruhn Competition.
Montaño was born in Colombia and studied at the Colombian and Cuban National Ballet schools, graduating into Cuban National Ballet in 2004. He danced on scholarships with La Scala Ballet, Milan, and Teatro Nuovo di Torino before being invited to audition in the UK and entering The Royal Ballet. His roles with the Company include Jester (Cinderella), Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), Caterpillar (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), pas de six (Giselle), pas de trois (Fool’s Paradise) and roles in La Vivandière and Raymonda Act III.
In 2013 Montaño was awarded Personality of the Year at the second annual LUKAS Awards celebrating prominent Latin figures in the UK. The award was presented by Vivienne Westood, for whom Montaño has modelled. He also choreographed and danced Alchemy for her Banqueting House catwalk show in 2008. Montaño's other awards include prizes at the International Ballet Contest, Havana, and a Citation of Honor (New York).
News and features
3 July 2014
Details of Company changes for the upcoming Season have been announced.
6 May 2014
Colombian First Artist picks up LUKAS award for second year running.
4 April 2014
Awards celebrate the contributions of the UK’s Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities.
20 March 2013
Awards celebrate Latino culture in the UK.
6 December 2012
Prize celebrates Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities in the UK.
Tristan Dyer, Fernando Montaño, Marcelino Sambé and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Johan Persson 2014
Fernando Montaño at the LUKAS Awards 2014 © Roger Alarcon
Fernando Montaño and Vivienne Westwood at the Latin-UK Awards. © Ric Pereira 2013
Toreadors in Don Quixote © ROH / Johan Persson, 2013
Fernando Montaño in Raymonda Act III, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2012
The Royal Ballet in Limen © ROH 2011
Fernando Montaño as the Jester in Cinderella © ROH / Tristram Kenton 2010