Happy 30 years anniversary for all our students!

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We are pleased to extend our warmest greetings to everyone attending Academy of Ballet and Jazz- School of Canadian Ballet Theatre’s annual showcase. Over the past 30 years we have had the honour of working with such a creative and talented faculty. It brings us joy to see some of our graduates be part of this fantastic team. We would like to take the time and thank each and every one of our teachers and students for their dedication and hard work.

Students of the Academy have been part of many complete ballets showcased each year including: The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Don Quixote, Coppélia and Giselle. Some of our previous showcases featured guest artists from some of the finest ballet companies in the world such as the Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet/ Mariinsky Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, Royal Ballet, and Cuban National Ballet.

We are very proud of our graduates! Some have joined major ballet companies around the world includ- ing: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Bolshoi Ballet, Budapest Opera Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Le Ballet Du Capitole, Toulouse, Les Ballet de Monte Carlo, West Australian Ballet, Eifman Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, Opera Atelier, and many more.

We are happy to keep in contact with our graduates, and follow their professional careers. They know that they are always welcome to the Academy when visiting home, and it’s always wonderful to see them. Keep up the fantastic hard work, and reach for the stars!

Our school offers professional level of training that gives many of our students the opportunity to com- pete and win top awards at the most prestigious international ballet competitions. The Prix de Lausanne is an international dance competition held annually in Lausanne, Switzerland. The competition is for young dancers seeking to pursue a professional career in classical ballet, and many former prize winners of the competition are now leading stars with major ballet companies around the world. This year our student Irene Yang was selected to compete at Prix de Lausanne. Around 75 candidates from 30 or so countries compete each year, in the hope of being chosen for the final, reserved for the best 20 among them. We are extremely proud as Irene was selected as one of the top 5 finalists in her age category! The only Canadian female finalist!

Additionally, our students competed against hundreds of participants in the regionals of the world’s largest international student dance competition, Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP), with grand success!

We would like to congratulate all our students who have been internationally recognized. We are all extremely proud of everyone and their hard work!

Nadia Veselova-Tencer Solomon Tencer

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Registration for 2018-2019 Season

Please call or visit the school on July 16 9 AM – 4 PM to register your kids into our 2018-2019 program.

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The only school in Canada to receive multiple International Awards
at Top World Renowed Professional ballet competitions.

Just 11 years old, Tiffany Efimov received Hope Award at YAGP 2017

Congratulations to Nadia's student Tiffany Efimov! At just 11 years old, this rising star received...

Irene Yang wins 1st Place Grand Prix in YAGP 2017

Nadia's students continue to demonstrate outstanding world level of training and artistry at...

Michaella Ho wins Bronze medal at Youth American Grand Prix 2017

Congratulations to Nadia's student Michaella Ho from Academy of Ballet and Jazz, School of...

Jaime Reid accepted a contract at The Béjart Ballet Lausanne in Switzerland

We would like to congratulate our student and alumni Jaime Reid for accepting a contract to The...

Callum Findlay-White accepted at The Royal Ballet School in London, England

We would like to congratulate our student Callum Findlay-White for being accepted to The Royal...

World Renowned Artistic Director

Nadia Veselova Tencer is an award-winning Master Teacher of 25 years. She is internationally known for staging professional ballet productions and dancing with the world’s biggest companies. With her vast knowledge in dance and performance, Nadia knows how to turn kids into world-class dance stars.

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Best Dance Classes in Toronto

Provided at our facilities in Toronto, our ballet classes are based on the famous Vaganova method.
All dance classes include:

  • Ballet
  • Pointe
  • Character Dance
  • Pas de Deux
  • Jazz
  • Modern
  • Musical Theatre
  • Lyrical
    Hip Hop

All classes can be taken at a recreational level and as part of our professional program.

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Exceptional learning opportunities

At this Toronto ballet school, your kids get classical ballet training of the highest level.
They also learn how to perform, with many chances to go onstage.
Your kids can:
•    Study with world-renowned teacher, Nadia Veselova Tencer;
•    Perform with famous dance artists in professional productions;
•    Work in international companies after graduating –read about achievements of our students;
•    Compete to win in international competitions.

Convenient Location

We are located in Thornhill, Toronto as part of the Greater Toronto Area.

Major Intersection: Yonge and Steeles

34 Doncaster Avenue
Thornhill, ON
L3T 4S1

“It looks like it’s my last year here at the Academy of Ballet and Jazz. As of this September I may continue my ballet training in Berlin. I’d like to use this opportunity to express my endless gratitude to Nadia for teaching me the art of dance, showing me its beauty and making it the essence of my life. I thank her for believing in me, no matter whether I am going through good days or bad. She has given me the foundation which will always hold me and keep me strong. We’ve done lots of hard work together this past year, which led to the outstanding teacher award for Nadia and my Youth Grand Prix at the YAGP in Indianapolis. I think we have a great student-teacher partnership! This year has been very eventful for me…but it’s not the end yet.  The work continues. At the coming summer recital  I will be performing the role of Odette in Swan Lake. It’s an amazing opportunity, a challenging but poignantly beautiful role, and definitely something to look forward to!”

Anastasia Miller
Berlin Ballet

Congratulations on 25 successful years of Academy of Ballet and Jazz and with Stars of the 21st Century galas, both of which developed Canadian talent and put Canada on the World map for classical ballet. What an amazing accomplishment! I came to the Academy of Ballet and Jazz as an inflexible, long limbed 9 year old who wanted to dance classical ballet and travel the World to perform on international stages. Nadia and Solomon saw an ability in me of which I was unaware. They gave me the confidence and training to pursue my dreams. I spent most of my evenings with my Academy family and under Nadia’s watchful eyes. At the age of 14 and after much hard work I won a silver medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition. A couple years later I won the Grand Prix at the Star of the 21st Century  competition. Thanks to Nadia and Solomon I had the wonderful and unique privilege of dancing in the Stars of the 21st Century galas in Panama City, Panama and Paris, France. I am forever grateful to them and to the Academy for their time, effort and constant belief in me. Their training has allowed me to develop my stage confidence, perform on international stages and travel the world. I wish you many more equally successful years! I wish I could have been home for  the wonderful celebration. Merde for the show, and see you all in August.”

Hugs xoxo

Alys Shee
Artist, Birmingham Royal Ballet, UK

“If it had not been for Nadia’s eye for talent and Solomon’s helping hand, I definitely would not have been given such great opportunities after my time at the Academy. As a youngster, I was so inspired by their galas and then I discovered the beauty of training with Nadia. I used to come to the Academy and take secret classes to improve my technique and learn more about what my possibilities could be as a ballet dancer! I never thought then that I would one day meet these two wonderful people again by dancing in the ”Stars of the 21st Century Galas” all over the world! I am grateful for the strong training and intelligent guidance I received at the Academy and how many doors it opened for me. Solomon and Nadia are a part of the history of Ballet and still remain current with what is going on all over the world!”

All my love to you both. May the Academy continue to thrive.
Spasibo –

Evan McKie
Principal Dancer, The Stuttgart Ballet.
Recent Guest at The Paris Opera Ballet, Tokyo Ballet,
The National Ballet of Canada,
Ballet de Chile, Universal Ballet of South Korea.
Guest Contributor and Advisory Board Member at DANCE Magazine.

I started dancing with Nadia at Academy of Ballet and Jazz when it first opened. I grew up in this amazing environment for almost 25 years and it was a place I considered a second home.

Over the years, Nadia and Solomon provided their students with so many incredible opportunities. Whether it was dancing with some of the best dancers around the world in such productions as The Nutcracker and  Giselle, or helping them train for world prestigious competitions, everything was executed to perfection with the results to prove it.

I first came to Academy of Ballet and Jazz recreationally, but then because of Nadia’s gift of teaching, I fell in love with the art of ballet. I am so proud to be apart of this school and have nothing but the utmost admiration for everything they’ve accomplished through all their hard work and dedication.

I can never thank Nadia enough for her patience, guidance and most of all
love in helping make my dance dreams come true.”

Melissa Panetta
Former Dancer with The Georgia Ballet.
Soloist with Canadian Ballet Theatre.
Attended Professional Ballet Programs in Spain, Florida,USA and Louisville.USA