Team Zarely: When did you start ballet classes?
Francesca Hayward: I started ballet when I was 3 years old.
Team Zarely: Did you decide to become a ballerina by yourself or was it your parents’ decision?
Francesca Hayward: It’s always been up to me to decide if it’s what I wanted to do.
Team Zarely: What do you think is the hardest part in being a principal dancer?
Francesca Hayward: The constant expectation to perform well and be of a certain standard.
Team Zarely: When young dancers ask for your advice, what do you usually suggest them?
Francesca Hayward: My general advice is to dance because you love it and to show that love in your dancing.
Team Zarely: And what do you dream of?
Francesca Hayward: I want to be a part of as many iconic ballet performances as I possibly can before I retire. And I’d also like to dance more contemporary roles.
Photos by Spiros Politis and James McNaught
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