Fernando, besides spending 14 years with the Royal Ballet and becoming the first Colombian dancer becoming a soloist with the Company, is a very versatile dancer and, being a proud Latino, knows how to Salsa, Bachata, Cumbia, Merengue, and he has a general knowledge of Ballroom Dance due his experience as a judge in Dancing with the Stars in Colombia; he also enjoys performing in different settings, not only in big operas houses. A versatile performer, he has appeared on television, radio, films, festivals, charity events, universities and schools, museums, but also smaller venues.
He is also a choreographer who has developed this passion throughout his dance career with the Royal Ballet, using his expansive dance background but also focusing on the skills of the individual dancers with whom he collaborates.
Some examples of Fernando’s dance and choreography experience:
-FIFA Futsal Opening Ceremony, performed and choreographed ‘Footba’, Coliseum Cali, Colombia, 2016
-The One Young World London Summit Opening Ceremony, The Royal Albert Hall, London, 2019
-Hay Festival UK,Colombia and Peru 2018, 2019, 2020
-Fernando Montano & Friends Fundraising Galas, Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music, London 2017, 2019
• Fernando Montano & Friends Fundraising Gala, Hippodrome Casino Leicester Square, London, 2018
-Alícia Alonzo Festival Internacional de la Ballet de La Habana, -Gran Teatro de La Habana, Cuba, 2018
-Presidential Palace Casa de Nariño, Bogotá Colombia, 2016
-Opening Ceremony of Alpaca Fiesta: conference of the Alpaca & Vicuña industry worldwide, the premier event of this industry, Monastery Arequipa Peru, 2018
-Suricato Jazz and Dance Performance, Smithsonian Museum of American History, Washington, DC, 2017
-Suricato Jazz and Dance Performance and Wellbeing Workshop, InterAmerican Development Bank, Washington, DC, 2017
-Carnaval Del Pueblo lead dancer, London New Years Parade, 2019
-Books shops and book fairs
-Special Appearance at awards Ceremony, Titanes, Caracol Television, Colombia, 2019
– Inspirational Keynote Speaker: Bath University, Oxford University, UCL, University of London, London Metropolitan Police
– Royal Opera House
– London Coliseum
– Teatro Colon Colombia
– Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow
– El Escorial Madrid
– Teatro Real, Madrid
-Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Japan
-Kennedy Center, Washingdon, DC
-Brisbane Arts Theatre
And many more in China, Turkey, Italy, Portugal.
As a dancer, Fernando is an artist who is physically fit, has elegant looks and graceful movements, Fernando has been invited to participate in fashion shows and photo shoots as a model and dancer since he was first discovered by Dame Vivienne Weswood and the music conductor Mark Stephenson back in 2007. That was when he did his debut in the fashion industry in a Vivienne Westwood show at London’s historic Banqueting House, the only remaining remnant of the 17th Century Royal Palace of Whitehall, where Fernando performed beneath the famous Reubens ceiling.
Since then he has participated in photoshoots for Aston Martin, and catwalks in Medellin, Colombia wearing the Colombian designer Edwing D’Angelo who is based in New York, he has collaborated with POAN, a protege of Westwood, and others brands. He is a brand ambassador of the Russian dance group Grishko, and a worldwide ambassador for the Alpaca and Vicuña wool producers of Peru.
More recently he appeared in the Franca Sozzani Awards in Venice along with iconic supermodel Iman, Pier Paolo Piccioli, eco-fashion designer Livia Firth and her husband Colin, Francesco Carrozini, and in 2020 Fernando participated in the Green Carpet Awards.
The fashion industry is an area Fernando’s hoping to expand in the near future.
Fernando did his television debut as a judge for the first season of Dancing with the Stars in Colombia in 2016. Since then Fernando started to take private acting lessons with George Hall and John Jones in the UK. A new tv series on dance aimed at US audiences has been put on hold due to COVID19. He also is also developing his skill to become a tv presenter, and also has work on the radio. In 2018 and 2020 Fernando featured as a soloist on World Ballet Day with the Royal Opera House.
In 2014 Fernando was invited by choreographer Giorgio Madia who wanted to direct Fernando in his short film Narcissus, filmed in and out of the baths at a spa hotel in Vals, Switzerland. In 2015 Fernando performed a dance sequence in Fragment of Love with Argentinian director Fernando Vallejo, and in 2016 Fernando appeared in Dancing for Peace, a BBC documentary about his life story and his childhood in Colombia.
He is now working with the Hollywood production team on the movie inspired by his book Una Buena Ventura, directed by Simon Brand, a Colombian film Director represented by ICMPartners in Los Angeles California.
This is another area Fernando is developing to show all his talent and what he can offer to the tv as a host and entertainer, but also as an actor. In 2020 he started a podcast (OCEANTCAST) to talk about ocean health and plastic pollution.
Fernando has strong memories from early childhood of his mother’s advice that he should always be ‘well presented’. For many years as he has lived in and visited many countries, he has developed a keen interest in the sustainable fashion industry. Having been discovered by the iconic British fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, and having become an ambassador of the Peruvian Alpaca and Vicuña wool producers, Fernando decided to create his own brand, an environmentally-responsible, boutique collection for men and women by designing garments that use the textiles of Alpaca and Vicuña, based on the principle of protecting these beautiful animals, supporting the indigenous craftsmen and women that work in the development of the high-quality textiles, and ensuring maximum sustainability and protection of the breed and the environment.
2021 Fernando is just about to launch his clothing brand with a fashion show named (Cachua) meaning round dance.
Fernando is a patron of several charities that mirror his personal beliefs and passions. Fernando sees education as a key contributor to the success of children, but also the creation of opportunities for young people. He is committed to highlighting the importance of protecting our environment sustainability, especially ocean health, and the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Fernando has supported these charities by organising theatrical performances, podcasts, private dancing lessons, workshops, art exhibitions and by using his celebrity to give exposure to the work done by these charities: Children Change Colombia, Amy Winehouse Foundation, One Young World and Marine Conservation Society UK.
Fernando besides being an artist has participated as keynote speaker on several occasions in very prestigious places, such as The Hay Festival (UK,Colombia,Peru), Oxford University, Bath University, UCL university, The institute of Education University of London. InterAmerican Development bank.