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Applications are now open

The Fonteyn is one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world. It offers the chance to work with world-renowned choreographers and professionals, as well as to perform on an international stage.

Applications are open until 30 June 2023.


  • Must be a member of the Royal Academy of Dance;​

  • have passed RAD Advanced 2 with distinction before 30 June 2023;

  • be aged 15-20 years by 1 September 2023;

  • be of pre-professional status and not have been employed on a professional contract.


There is a total of £500 to compete in The Fonteyn:

  • £450 entry fee, due by closing date (30 June 2023)

Bursaries are available to cover the entry fee at source and other costs. You can apply for a bursary before 1 March 2023.


The Fonteyn classes and coaching sessions will take place from Saturday 22-29 October at RAD headquarters in London, 188 York Road.

The semi-finals will be held at the Aud Jebsen Studio Theatre, at RAD headquarters on Thu 26 October and Fri 27 October.

The final will be held at a West-End theatre in London on the evening of Sunday 29 October


The semi-finals will consist of the performance of:

  • Class work;

  • Dancer’s Own solo;

  • Classical Repertoire variation.

All candidates will also appear on stage at the final in a newly choreographed piece created during the competition by our guest choreographer.

Full details in the info pack.


Medals are awarded to candidates showing the highest levels of competency in the stated criteria. The judges’ decision is final. The Genée Gold Medal is only awarded when a candidate demonstrates exceptional technical skills, an innate response to music, outstanding performance qualities and charisma. In addition to the above medals, a Choreographic Award and the Dame Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award will also be awarded.





Choreographic £250

Audience Choice

For full details about competing in The Fonteyn, read the Candidate Information online or download the information pack as a pdf.

Take part in The Fonteyn

If you meet all the requirements and wish to apply to enter the competition, please complete the form below and submit before 30 June 2023. 

Please read the Candidate Information carefully and make sure you have all the details and documents you need, before submitting your application.​ 

There is a £50 registration fee (non-refundable), plus £450 entry fee (a total of £500) to compete in The Fonteyn. After submitting your application, you will be taken to a different page to pay your registration fee of £50. The remaining balance of £450 will be due by the closing date. Failure to make payment will result in your application being deemed incomplete.

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