Francisco Serrano

First Artist of The Royal Ballet


American dancer Francisco Serrano is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. He joined The Royal Ballet’s Aud Jebsen Young Dancers Programme from the start of the 2016/17 Season and entered the Company as an Artist from the start of the 2017/18 Season, promoted to First Artist in the 2022/23 Season. He trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School. 

Serrano was born in the USA and has a Cuban background. He began his ballet training aged 14 at the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School. He won a scholarship at the 2014 Youth America Grand Prix to train at The Royal Ballet School. Performances while at the School include Solor (Waltz and Pas d’action from La Bayadère) and in Frederick Ashton’s Rhapsody pas de deux and Kenneth MacMillan’s Soirées musicales at the annual matinees, and with The Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker and Frankenstein. Serrano’s awards include second prize in the 2015 Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance. 

His repertory with the Company includes Spanish (Swan Lake, The Nutcracker), Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet) and roles in Light of Passage, Infra, Medusa, Symphonic Dances, Solo Echo, Anemoi and Flight Pattern. He has created roles in Secret Things and Untitled, 2023.

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