Céline Gittens, Principal, Birmingham Royal Ballet and former Gold medallist
The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition will be held in London from 21 – 29 October 2023
The competition is open to dancers who are current members of the Royal Academy of Dance. Candidates must hold Advanced 2 in Classical Ballet (Advanced 2 with Distinction) and be aged 15 – 20 years by 1 September 2023 and be of pre-professional status. You must not have been employed on a professional contract prior to entry to the competition. However, students who have been offered a professional engagement that starts after the competition will still be eligible to enter.
The semi-finals will take place at RAD headquarters in London on 26–27 October 2023, with the final to be held at a West End theatre on 29 October 2023.
Applications will open on 6 January 2023 and tickets will go on sale to members in March.
Further information will be released shortly. If you are interested in entering the competition, fill out the form to receive updates.
Thinking of entering? Register your interest by 5 January 2023
About the Fonteyn
The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition is the Royal Academy of Dance's flagship annual event.
The competition is one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world, attracting the finest young dancers trained in the RAD syllabus, from around the globe.
The dance competition is dedicated to promoting and rewarding standards of excellence in young ballet dancers internationally. This is achieved by offering aspiring dancers the unique opportunity to work with world-renowned choreographers and professionals, as well as the chance to perform on an international stage.
The competition started in 1931, when the Adeline Genée Gold Medal was awarded to Felicity Garratt, and became known as ‘the Genée’.
In May 2019, the RAD renamed the 'Genée' to 'The Fonteyn' in honour of our longest-serving president, Dame Margot Fonteyn. We continue to honour our first president with the Adeline Genée Gold Medal for the best dancer.
Read more about the history.
Many past winners of the Genée and The Fonteyn have become professional dancers with companies worldwide.
For many, their careers have been long and varied as directors, artistic directors, ballet masters, teachers, administrators, dance critics, choreographers, TV producers, and directors.
Support The Fonteyn
The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition and the events that surround it each year are funded by the Royal Academy of Dance centrally, local organising committee fundraising campaigns, and by sponsors. We also work with a range of partners who generously give their time and expertise to make The Fonteyn a reality each year.
If you are interested in becoming a partner or sponsor of The Fonteyn, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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