English dancer Francesca Hayward is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into the Company during the 2010/11 Season. She was promoted to Principal in 2016.
While a student, Francesca won the 2009 Lynn Seymour Award for Expressive Dance, the 2010 Young British Dancer of the Year and both silver medal and the Audience Choice Award at the 2010 Genée International Ballet Competition. After joining The Royal Ballet she represented the Company at the 2012 International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize and won Best Emerging Artist (2014) and Best Female Dancer (2016, 2019) at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.
Among many others, her repertory with the Company includes Juliet, Alice, Manon, Lise (La Fille mal gardée), the female Principal role in Rhapsody, Titania (The Dream), Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara (The Nutcracker), Princess Aurora and Princess Florine (The Sleeping Beauty) or Princess Stephanie (Mayerling). She created roles in Untouchable, Woolf Works and Multiverse.
“Everyone should be able to experience the freedom and the joy that dance brings. Ballet changed my life and I want to help bring that gift to every child with The What Dance Can Project.”
PC Tom J. Johnson