Awarding of medals

Finalists are eligible for medals. Up to three categories of medal may be awarded – gold, silver and bronze – in each of the male and female categories.

Medals are awarded to candidates showing the highest levels of competency in the stated criteria. The judges’ decision is final.

The gold medal is only awarded when a candidate, in the judges’ opinion, demonstrates exceptional technical skills, an innate response to music, outstanding performance qualities and charisma.

The prize money will be awarded in British Sterling (GPB) to medallists in each category for female and male as follows:

  • Gold – £5,000
  • Silver – £3,000
  • Bronze – £2,000

The judges may decide to award more than one medal in any category. In this event, the prize money for that medal and the next category down will be pooled and distributed amongst the selected candidates at the discretion of the Judges and Fonteyn Artistic Team.

In addition to the above medals, a Choreographic Award will be awarded to recognise the best of the Dancer’s Own choreography. This award has a monetary prize of £250 generously supported by the Lynn Wallis OBE Bursary.

The Dame Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award will also be awarded on the night of the final following a public vote. This award has a monetary prize of £250 generously supported by the Dame Margot Fonteyn Scholarship Fund.

Special prize for 2021

Dancing Times has had a close relationship with the RAD since its inception in 1920 and as such we are working in partnership with them for the competition. In recognition of the first Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition, Dancing Times are offering a cover photo shoot as part of the prize this year. Up to two medalists will feature on the cover of the October issue in 2021.