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Celine Gittens

Céline Gittens, Principal, Birmingham Royal Ballet and former Gold medallist

The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition 2023
London, 21-29 October 

Join our online audience for a night of dance and emotion

Final - live from His Majesty's Theatre, London - 29 October at 7pm

Available on afterwards.


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.

Past medalists

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.

Find out more about past medalists.

We are the Royal Academy of Dance, a world leader in dance education and training. We’ve been teaching the world to dance for over 100 years and believe passionately in its power to transform lives for the better. Through an international network of teachers, we support and connect a global community of more than 400,000 students, and dancers of all ages and abilities, in more than 80 countries.


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Who is involved

This year's panel of judges includes: Dame Darcey Bussell, Aaron Watkin and Amanda Britton.

Valentino Zucchetti was our guest choreographer, and a list of incredible coaches and pianists completes the faculty that worked with our candidates.

Read more about the amazing people behind The Fonteyn 2023.

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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

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RAD Headquarters

188 York Road
London SW11 3JZ

The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition coaching and semi-finals were held at the new RAD global headquarters in London.

We are proud of our new building which gives us better education and training facilities for our members, students, teachers, examiners, and staff. These include seven brand new studios, the beautiful Aud Jebsen Studio Theatre, the Wolfson Library, and an archive housing and displaying our collection of over 75,000 dance and RAD-related objects.

PHOTO CREDITS - Celine Gittens: courtesy of Birmingham Royal Ballet - Zoran Ras/ - Chi Wai Cheung @hiro graphics - Keith Sin @hiro graphics - GBL Wilson - Bruce Zinger - James Gifford-Mead - Royal Academy of Dance/ArenaPAL - Johan Persson - Lisa Stonehouse - Amber Mitchell-Knight: Courtesy of Amber Mitchell-Knight - Felix Koch - Foteini Christofilopoulou - Cesare De Giglio - David Tett

Corporate Partners

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The Dame
Margot Fonteyn Scholarship Fund

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Live Stream Partner

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