10 October 2023 15:51
The Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition 2023 Australian Semi-Finalists
The Royal Academy of Dance Australia is delighted to announce the 14 Australian semi-finalists who have been selected to compete in The Fonteyn 2023. This prestigious event, which showcases the incredible talent of young dancers from around the world, will see the semi-finals held at the RAD Headquarters in London, with the finals taking place at His Majesty’s Theatre on Sunday, 29th October.
The Australian candidates have demonstrated exceptional skill, dedication, and passion for ballet, and their selection as semi-finalists in this globally recognised competition is a testament to their hard work and talent, and we acknowledge the significant contributions made by their teachers, families, and supporters who have helped them along their ballet journey.
The Fonteyn International Ballet Competition is the RAD’s flagship event and aims to promote excellence and global collaboration within the ballet community. It provides a unique opportunity for young dancers to showcase their abilities on an international stage and work with and receive valuable feedback from world-renowned professionals.
The Australian semi-finalists for 2023 are:
|Gabrielle Krinas||New South Wales|
|Ella Brownlow-Ziirsen||New South Wales|
|Renee Wong||New South Wales|
|Samantha Wong||New South Wales|
|Ben Moss||New South Wales|
|Mary Schaefer||New South Wales|
|India Quambusch||New South Wales|
You can learn more about each semi-finalist, including their training and preparation for the event, below.
The 14 Australian semi-finalists are a true representation of the exceptional talent that Australia has to offer in the world of ballet. Their dedication, technical proficiency, and artistic expression have set them apart in a highly competitive field. We congratulate these dancers on their remarkable achievement and wishes them the best of luck as they continue their journey in this prestigious competition.
Interim National Director Shelley Yacopetti says
“We are so proud of the 14 Australian semi-finalists who have been selected to compete in The Fonteyn 2023 and wish them all the very best as they strive for excellence on a global stage. We hope they enjoy this very special experience and return to Australia inspired with newfound friendships and a sense of pride in their achievements.
The Fonteyn provides such a wonderful platform for dancers to excel and advance their careers, we acknowledge their hard work and dedication and that of their teachers who’ve guided them along the way.”
The Fonteyn International Ballet Competition not only serves as a platform for young dancers to showcase their skills but also plays a crucial role in nurturing and inspiring the next generation of ballet professionals. The Royal Academy of Dance Australia is proud to have such outstanding representatives competing and wishes all the semi-finalists from around the world the very best as they strive for excellence. Formerly the Genée International Ballet Competition, Australia has a long history of success in this event, with the first Australian born medalist being Laurel Gill (Martyn), who was awarded the Adeline Genée Gold Medal in 1935.
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Find out more about The Fonteyn.