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Fernando Montaño

Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Fernando Montaño in action.
Fernando Montaño in Raymonda Act III, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2012

Colombian dancer Fernando Montaño is a Soloist of 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 studied at the Colombian and Cuban National Ballet schools and graduated into Cuban National Ballet in 2004. He also danced on scholarships with La Scala Ballet, Milan, and Teatro Nuovo di Torino. His repertory includes Colas (La Fille mal gardée), Jester (Cinderella), Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), Caterpillar (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), Benvolio and the balcony pas de deux (Romeo and Juliet), pas de six (Giselle), pas de trois (Fool’s Paradise) and roles in Scènes de ballet, Manon, La Vivandière, Raymonda Act III and Chroma. Other appearances include dancing Le Spectre de la rose at the opening of the Teatro Colón, Bogotá.

Montaño has twice won Personality of the Year award (2013, 2014) at the LUKAS Awards, celebrating prominent Latin figures in the UK. His other awards include prizes at the International Ballet Contest, Havana, a Citation of Honor (New York) and an honour from the President of Colombia. He has modelled for Vivienne Westood and choreographed and danced Alchemy for her Banqueting House catwalk show in 2008. His dance short film Narcissus had its premiere in 2014. He is a patron of the charity Children of the Andes, for which he has organized the charity galas 'Fernando and Friends'.

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