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Enter the spirit. Become part of the legacy.

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)

If you are considering applying but would need financial support to do so, please send an email to


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

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 His Majesty's 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, Valentino Zucchetti.

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

A chance to be seen

In addition to the prizes above, you will be seen by representatives from prestigious dance companies and schools, for a chance to be offered a variety of tuition scholarship opportunities

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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. 


If you need any help completing this form, please contact us​.

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Your West End debut

This year all candidates will have the chance to dance at the historic His Majesty’s Theatre, home of the Genée International Ballet Competition for seven years between 1992 and 2001.

Don't miss your opportunity to perform on one of the most iconic stages in the heart of London.

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"Participating in the Fonteyn has undoubtedly been a highlight of my life. The Fonteyn is a great opportunity to be seen by people of the ballet industry and from this eye opening experience, I have gained so much knowledge from world renowned choreographers and professionals as well as the inspiring candidates of the Fonteyn. I am very honoured and humbled to now be a part of such a treasured legacy and seeing the past successes of so many dancers involved in this competition, this has continued to motivate me for the years to come in my dance career."

Milei Lee, Silver Medal 2021


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Margot Fonteyn Scholarship Fund

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If you are interested in sponsoring The Fonteyn, please be in touch with us via email.
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