The Fonteyn 2020

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

The Fonteyn will have its debut in 2021, but due to the ongoing pandemic, we are not progressing with scheduling the event until we have more clarity on the global situation. Both the RAD and the Royal Opera House remain committed to collaborating on The Fonteyn in the future.

Anyone that has purchased tickets for the Final or one of our Creative Spaces events will be offered full refunds and will be contacted by the Opera House and the RAD, respectively. The RAD will also review the entry criteria to ensure, where possible that the cancellation of the competition this year does not prohibit candidates from entering in 2021.

Finally, we acknowledge that many teachers and candidates will already have dedicated time in the studio in readiness for the 2020 competition. Therefore, we are exploring how we can bring prospective candidates from this year’s cancelled competition together, online to enable them to share some of their preparations for the competition in an interactive way.

Further details will be available in due course.