The Fonteyn

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

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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the Royal Academy of Dance and the Royal Opera House and have taken the difficult decision to cancel The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition 2020.

Zoom in on The Fonteyn

An insightful series of online interviews and reflections held over Zoom, relating to The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition.
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About The Fonteyn

Find out about the history of the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition.
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The Fonteyn 2020

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 charity with no government funding. Every penny we make goes back into the work we do which includes our cultural engagement plans with our diverse communities. Sadly the loss of income from our day to day activity as a result of Covid 19 has caused a major funding gap of £1M in the UK alone and we need your help.
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