The Fonteyn

The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition, named after RAD’s longest serving president Dame Margot Fonteyn DBE, is our flagship annual event.

The 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.

Formerly known as the Genée, after the RAD’s first president Adeline Genée, the competition was renamed in May 2019 – a week after Margot Fonteyn would have turned 100. Margot Fonteyn is regarded as the greatest ballet dancer of her generation, and was instrumental in shaping the RAD’s international expansion. The RAD will continue to honour its first president with the Adeline Genée gold medal for the best dancer.

About The Fonteyn

Find out about the history of the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition.
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The Fonteyn 2021

Find out about this year's Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition, to be held in London, UK.
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Empowering People Through Dance

RAD is an independent educational and arts charity, which up until the pandemic received no government funding. Every penny we make goes back into the work we do. Sadly, the loss of income from our day to day activity as a result of Covid 19 has caused a major funding gap and we need your help.
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