The former First Soloist of The Royal Ballet moved to England aged 16 to train at The Royal Ballet School. He joined The Royal Ballet in 1993, became First Artist in 1996, Soloist in 1999 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2002.
Cervera trained as a répétiteur on the Frederick Ashton Foundation’s mentoring scheme and became an Assistant Ballet Master in 2014. He retired as a dancer in 2015 and went on to become a Ballet Master in 2016. He has also taught ballet nationally and internationally throughout his career.
In his new role at The Royal Ballet School, Cervera will teach Upper School men classical ballet, pas de deux, and repertoire, including key works from The Royal Ballet.
As a dancer, Cervera performed roles such as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Lescaut in Manon, Hans-Peter in The Nutcracker, and Antigonus in The Winter’s Tale. He also created a number of roles for the Company, including Miles (The Turn of the Screw) and roles in Mr Worldly Wise, Room of Cooks, Tryst, Three Songs – Two Voices,Electric Counterpoint, Infra, Live Fire Exercise and 24 Preludes.
Christopher Powney, Artistic Director of The Royal Ballet School, said: ‘This is exciting news for the School and we look forward to welcoming Ricardo to the team. He will be a truly inspiring teacher to our students, drawing on his remarkable career as a world-class dancer and Ballet Master. The students will benefit enormously from his expertise and experience working at the highest level.’
Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, said: ‘Ricardo’s contribution to The Royal Ballet has been immense. He has been a wonderful member of our artistic team and, although we will miss him, we are delighted that his keen skills as a Ballet Master and deep knowledge of the Royal repertory will become an invaluable asset for training the next generation of dancers at the School.’
Learn more about our current teaching team at royalballetschool.org.uk/discover/people/