Royal Academy of Dance - Genèe International Ballet Competition 2015 Returns to
London Announcing New Bursary Scheme

  • Genée returns home for 2015
  • NEW: The competition’s first international Bursary scheme
  • Royal Academy of Dance has committed to awarding five to ten Darcey Bussell Genée Bursaries, each worth minimum £1,500 each year for the next five years
  • Funds for financially restricted students donated at QEII Coronation Award Gala
  • Additional bursary offered by The Dame Margot Fonteyn Scholarship Fund
  • Bursary applications open in March and Genée applications open in April
  • Tickets to the competition available from 19 May
  • Limited all-inclusive Genée Experience Packages are available now
  • The competition Final will take place at Sadler’s Wells Theatre on 19 September
The prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition will return home to London this year and introduce a new international bursary scheme to widen access.

Funded by donations made at the RAD’s QEII Coronation Award Gala in September 2014, these bursaries will support eligible students who for financial reasons might not otherwise be able to enter the Genée. 

The RAD has committed to award between five and ten bursaries, each worth a minimum of £1,500 a year, for the next five years, to Genée candidates from across the world in need of financial support.

Named in honour of the Academy’s President, the new Darcey Bussell Genée Bursaries will cover successful bursary applicants’ entry fees, travel expenses and associated costs.

Darcey Bussell CBE, President of the Royal Academy of Dance, says:

"The Genée International Ballet Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious competitions, showcasing the best in both contemporary and traditional ballet styles. 

The Genée is a coveted platform that all young ballet dancers from across the world aspire to be a part of. These bursaries will create the opportunity for candidates from less privileged backgrounds to compete, importantly widening the talent pool for the competition. There is no doubt that this will influence the individuals we will see joining the world’s finest ballet companies in the future.”

In addition, The Dame Margot FonteynScholarship Fund has pledged to award a bursary of up to £2,000 per annum for the next 5 years to support eligible candidates for the Genée International Ballet Competition. This will be administered by the RAD in tandem with the Darcey Bussell Genée Bursary scheme.

Tickets to the Genée will go on sale to RAD members on 19 March 2015 before general release later in the year, 19 May. A limited number of all-inclusive Genée Experience Packages are currently available through the RAD website.

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Applications for Genée Bursaries

Details of all bursaries available to potential Genée competitors will be published in March 2015 at

All applicants for the bursaries must anticipate meeting the standard entry criteria for the Genée International Ballet Competition (Distinction at RAD Advanced 2 or Solo Seal Award) by the time of the Competition in autumn 2015.

A panel, approved by the RAD, will consider each application and decisions will be made based on the financial and circumstantial evidence provided.

The Genée International Ballet Competition
Known simply as ‘the Genée’, it is one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world, attracting the finest young dancers trained in the Royal Academy of Dance’s syllabus, from around the globe.

Candidates receive a unique opportunity to work with renowned choreographers and teachers for five days before performing at the Semi-finals and then the Final, where they compete for a range of medals.

The 2015 competition will be held in London, home of the RAD and where the first Genée was held in 1931. Candidates will experience world-class coaching at the RAD headquarters by the Thames in Battersea, including sessions in the Genée Studio, and be judged by representatives from internationally renowned ballet companies.

The Final will take place on Saturday 19 September at the prestigious Sadler’s Wells theatre in Islington.

The Royal Academy of Dance – RAD
The Royal Academy of Dance is one of the world’s most influential dance education organisations, setting standards in classical ballet worldwide and a global leader in dance education and Continuing Professional Development for dance.

Founded in 1920 to set standards for dance teaching within the UK, the RAD has a presence in 79 countries, with 36 offices and over 14,000 members worldwide. The RAD’s teacher training programmes count more than 1,000 students and more than a quarter of a million students are being examined through its syllabi. 

The Academy offers its members support through the knowledge, and expertise of highly qualified staff and through conferences, workshops, training courses and summer schools.

The RAD's patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Dame Margot Fonteyn Scholarship Fund
The Dame Margot Fonteyn Scholarship Fund was established following the death of Margot Fonteyn in 1991. The Fund exists to provide scholarships and prizes to gifted dance students in need of financial support and to promote interest in and appreciation of ballet as an art form. 

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