The semi-finals, which took place after three days of coaching, were judged by Dame Darcey Bussell, RAD President and Guest Principal Coach of The Royal Ballet, Aaron Watkin, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, and Amanda Britton, Chief Executive, Principal and Artistic Director of Rambert School.
Previously known as The Genée when it began in 1931, the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition recognizes young talent from all around the world that have been trained in the RAD syllabus.
Competitors not only strive for the symbolic Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, and the Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award, but also the opportunity for valuable scholarships from renowned schools.
Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition 2023 Finalists
Of the 79 candidates from fifteen countries that made it to this stage, the following finalists, who will be performing a newly choreographed work by The Fonteyn’s Guest Choreographer Valentino Zucchett i(First Soloist with The Royal Ballet), were selected:
Oliva Moulsdale, British dancer aged 17, trained by Nicola Simpson and Ruth Mair Howard-Jones
Ben Moss, Australian dancer aged 18, trained by Hilary Kaplan and Archibald McKenzie
Alicia Wong, Australian dancer aged 16, trained by Julie Fleming, Janne Blanche and Kynan Jones
Mandy Kwan, British dancer aged 18, trained by Denise Whiteman
Antonia Maria Cramb, British dancer aged 17, trained by Kerry Livingstone, Trisha Meenaghan-Wackrow, Fabrice Maufrais and Louisa Ross
Lucia Moore, New Zealander dancer aged 15, trained by Annette Roselli, Shane Wuerthner and Mirander Zeller
Jakob Wheway Hughes, British dancer aged 16, trained by Dance Faculty of Tring Park School for the Performing Arts
Samantha Wong, Australian dancer aged 19, trained by Hilary Kaplan and Archibald McKenzie
Ava Eie, New Zealander dancer aged 16, trained by Melinda Palmer and Nicci Theis Mckewen
Indira Mayrani, Indonesian dancer aged 19, trained by Fifi Sijangga
Zai Calliste, Australian/British/Caribbean dancer aged 18, trained by Annette Roselli, Michael Berkin, David Yow and Jane Pirani
Ed Cooley, Australian dancer aged 17, trained by Daniella Crismani, Daniel Gaudiello, Karen Donovan and Wim Broeckx
Also performing on Sunday is Alfie-Lee, a 16 year-old British dancer who won the Dancer’s Own Choreographic Award for a piece he choreographed for himself.
Featured Photo of the 12 finalists of the Margot Fonteyn International Ballet Competition 2023. Courtesy of Royal Academy of Dance (RAD). Photo by Martin Bell.