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    Francesca Hayward

    It was seeing the BBC's documentary, with Hayward learning to debut as the SPF, that started my resurgent love of ballet, along with seeing her absolutely beautiful dancing as Clara in the cinema screening of the Nutcracker. Her partnership with Campbell in both roles was lovely to watch. Since then I have been very fortunate to see her this year live at the Royal Ballet, debuting as Giselle, in her reprise as Perdita in Wheeldon's The Winters Tale, and in her futher reprise as Manon on the opening night of its current run. All major roles, all so different, and all danced and acted so wonderfully. Like Jane Simpson, I have had shivery moments of delight in seeing her now "owning" the stage, and realising how great a dancer she is becoming.