Interviews, articles and stories from those involved in The Fonteyn, giving you insider information about what goes on behind the scenes, the thoughts of the competitors, and recollections from people integral to the competition.
Below, have a read of some stories from some of our past competition candidates.
Stories from 2021
From every part of our world...
This year, we reimagined The Fonteyn and delivered it online to ensure that we could offer candidates a rich and inspiring experience. We are delighted…Read more
Part of a legacy
The Fonteyn competition is now in its 90th year, so we asked some of this year's finalists how it feels to be a part of…Read more
Anything is possible
As The Fonteyn 2021 final comes closer, we caught up with some of the finalists to see what they feel they have already gained from…Read more
Questions for the 2019 Finalists
What would you ask a competition finalist? The 2019 cohort recently took to our Instagram stories to answer your burning questions. Photo Credit: Michael Slobodian…Read more
Six Questions for Gerard Charles
Our Artistic Director, Gerard Charles, recently took to our Instagram stories to answer your burning competition questions. What advice do you have for young dancers? Listen to…Read more
Septime Webre: What I've Learned
The artistic director of Hong Kong Ballet and competition judge on being bossy and finding new mountains to conquer.Read more
Mission Possible: RAD Bursaries
The RAD's bursaries scheme helps young dancers compete in the competition, whatever their circumstances. Four successful applicants share their stories with Nima Naik.Read more
Key Insights: Interview with the Pianists
As much a part of the competition as the dancing and choreography, is the music. We asked seasoned competition pianists, Jonathan Still and Richard Norriss,…Read more
Continuity and Variations: An Interview with Maria O'Connor
A familiar face to anyone involved in the competition in recent years, candidate coordinator, Maria O'Connor, recently celebrated 25 years at the RAD. Maria started…Read more
Where are they now?
With over 80 years of history, and increasing prominence in the world of ballet, the competition continues to produce an impressive list of alumni. The…Read more
Seven Reasons to Compete
From working with a choreographer to life-long friends (and bagpipes!), seven former competitors share their fondest memories of the competition.Read more
Getting competition ready
From Zumba to meditation, five candidates share their training routine secrets ahead of the competition. ‘I take classes in ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, and lyrical…Read more
We asked the 2019 competition candidates what lucky charms they will bring to the competition. ‘I have many lucky charms. On every tutu or other…Read more
Staying calm under pressure
Competitions can be nerve wracking. We asked some of the 2019 candidates to share which techniques they use to keep calm and perform at their…Read more
Competitors on Choreographers
While the competition is known for launching careers of dancers, past Commissioned Choreographers have also gone on to amazing careers and have done some incredible…Read more
To compete or not to compete?
What makes the competition stand out from other competitions? Seven Alumni tell us what makes our flagship event so special (Spoiler: we hold on to…Read more
What drives candidates to apply for the competition?
For many young dancers, competing in this competition is a dream come true. Seven of this year's candidates tell us what drove them to apply.…Read more
These Eight competition Alumni are #Winning!
Shock, disbelief and pure joy – eight competition Alumni recount the moment they realised they would be competing in the Final and even won a…Read more
What I’ve learned - Gioconda Barbuto
Photo: Michael Slobodian Italian-Canadian dance artist, Gioconda Barbuto, was the Commissioned Choreographer for the 2019 competition. “My parents always said I came out dancing. I…Read more
Advice from Mikko Nissinen
Photo: Liza Voll Mikko Nissinen is Artistic Director at Boston Ballet and was on the judging panel at the competition in Toronto. We should probably…Read more
Next Stop: A Career in Dance
This competition is a stepping stone for a professional career in dance. Six medallists, who have gone on to work for some of the best…Read more
Seven Ways to Prep Like a Pro
Work, work, work, work, work, work...but what else? Beyond class and rehearsal upon rehearsal, seven alumni spill on their competition prep plan.Read more
Eight Secrets for Choosing a Piece for a Perfect Performance
Struggling to pick a variation for an upcoming competition? Eight alumni give some insights on how they chose their winning variations (Tip: use these for…Read more
Nine Dance Bag Essentials
From the obvious (all the pointe shoes!) to the odd (what's guarana?), these professional dancers (who happen to be competition alumni) tell us what they…Read more
Ten Tips for Relieving Competition and Exam Stress
Performance anxiety plagues even the pros! Ten competition alumni share how they deal with the inevitable pre-show jitters.Read more