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 this legacy.

Luke Blair, UK

“It feels incredible to be part of the legacy of this competition, not only because of how long it has been running but also because of its incredible history of bringing dancers from around the world onto the global stage and allowing them to bring their art form to international audiences.”


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Tayla De Bie, South Africa

“I feel incredibly grateful and excited to be part of this 90-year legacy. I competed in the last ever Genée in Canada 2019, and to be part of the first ever Fonteyn makes me feel so honoured and lucky to be part of the Royal Academy of Dance’s history.”

Mia Atkinson, Australia

“Being part of The Fonteyn in its 90th year makes this opportunity even more special to me. I am so inspired by all the dancers who have competed before me and I hope to continue on Margot Fonteyn’s legacy proudly.”

Paige McElligott, South Africa

“It is an honour and privilege to be part of this wonderful legacy and to follow in the footsteps of so many amazing dancers.”


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Amber Mitchell-Knight, Australia

“The Fonteyn has welcomed so many dancers over the past 90 years and many of them have continued on to become some of the world’s most successful dancers. I feel honoured to be a part of the legacy of The Fonteyn, especially as a 2021 finalist. I feel inspired and accomplished. I look forward to my future career as The Fonteyn experience becomes a stepping stone in my career as a dancer.”

This year’s online final takes place on Thursday 9 September at 7.30pm BST. Ticket holders can watch the event on demand, until 19 September 2021.