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Francesca Hayward

First Soloist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Francesca Hayward in action.
Francesca Hayward as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet © 2015 ROH. Photograph by Alice Pennefather

English dancer Francesca Hayward becomes a Principal of The Royal Ballet from the start of the 2016/17 Season. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company during the 2010/11 Season, 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 Award for Expressive Dance, the 2010 Young British Dancer of the Year and both silver prize and the audience choice award at the 2010 Genée International Ballet Competition. Further awards include Best Emerging Artist at the 2014 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.

Her repertory with the Company includes Juliet, Manon, Alice, the Girl (The Invitation), Perdita (The Winter’s Tale), Justine (Frankenstein), 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, Asphodel Meadows and Within the Golden Hour. She has created roles in Untouchable and Woolf Works.

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News and features

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

Promotions and joiners at The Royal Ballet for 2016/17

10 June 2016

Promotions and joiners have been announced for The Royal Ballet's 2016/17 Season.

National Dance Awards 2015 nominations announced

National Dance Awards 2015 nominations announced

30 October 2015

Royal Ballet dancers and choreographers are nominated for 14 awards this year.

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.

Photos

Francesca Hayward, Alexander Campbell, Akane Takada, Ryoichi Hirano

Alexander Campbell, Francesca Hayward, Ryoichi Hirano, Akane Takada

Francesca Hayward and Gary Avis in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward and Gary Avis in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Gary Avis and Francesca Hayward in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

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

Francesca Hayward as Clara in The Nutcracker

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

Francesca Hayward in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward

Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé

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 Vadim Muntagirov in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward and Gary Avis in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

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

Francesca Hayward and Tristan Dyer in Infra, The Royal Ballet

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

Francesca Hayward and Gary Avis in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward and Gary Avis in rehearsal for The Invitation, The Royal Ballet

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

Francesca Hayward and James Hay in Frederick Ashton's Rhapsody

Francesca Hayward and James Hay in Frederick Ashton's Rhapsody

Francesca Hayward as a Swan in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward in Draft Works, The Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward, James Hay in Rhapsody, The Royal Ballet