Fernando Montaño

Ballet Dancer

Fernando Montaño is a Colombian ballet dancer, and soloist with the Royal Ballet, based at the Royal Opera House, London. Born in Buenaventura, Colombia in a very poor area of the country, Fernando won a scholarship at the age of 14, to the National Ballet School of Cuba where he won several prizes and went on to join the Cuban National Ballet. On November 19, 2015 he made his debut in a principal role as 'the lover' in The Two Pigeons.

Fernando works regularly with the British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, and produces and choreographs his own shows around the world. He was described by BBC TV in 2013 as 'the Colombian Billy Elliot'.

In 2016 Fernando took a sabbatical and returned to Colombia to visit his family and to be a judge on the first ever Colombian series of Bailando con las Estrellas (Dancing with the Stars).

Fernando was also the subject of a BBC documentary, 'Dancing for Peace', that was broadcast in the UK and around the world in 2016. In September 2016, Montaño premiered 'Foot-Ba', his new fusion of dance and football, at the globally televised opening ceremony of the 2016 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Cali.