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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 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'.

News and features

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.

Fernando Montaño wins Latin Personality of the Year 2014

Fernando Montaño wins Latin Personality of the Year 2014

6 May 2014

Colombian First Artist picks up LUKAS award for second year running.

Marianela Nuñez, Thiago Soares and Fernando Montaño nominated for 2014 LUKAS awards

Marianela Nuñez, Thiago Soares and Fernando Montaño nominated for 2014 LUKAS awards

4 April 2014

Awards celebrate the contributions of the UK’s Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities.

Fernando Montaño and Carlos Acosta win at 2013 LUKAS Awards

Fernando Montaño and Carlos Acosta win at 2013 LUKAS Awards

20 March 2013

Awards celebrate Latino culture in the UK.

First Artist Fernando Montaño nominated for 2013 LUKAS Award

First Artist Fernando Montaño nominated for 2013 LUKAS Award

6 December 2012

Prize celebrates Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities in the UK.

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