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Student Success

Our school offers a level of training that gave many of our students the opportunity to compete and win top awards at the most prestigious international competitions. Many have gone on to find work with the world’s best ballet companies and dance in renowned onstage productions.

Our Graduates perform with major ballet companies around the world including:
Bolshoi Ballet, Monte Carlo, Budapest Opera Ballet, English National Ballet, etc

Tiffany Efimov

HER STORY:

Canadian Ballet Theatre

Awards:
ABT National Training Scholar
Bender Foundation Scholar
Hope award, Youth America Grand Prix (2017)
1st place award for Contemporary,Youth America Grand Prix (2018)
2nd place award for Classical, Youth America Grand Prix (2018)

Born in the city of Toronto, now 12 years old, she began dancing at the age of three. Currently under the tutelage of Nadia Veselova Tencer for Ballet, Pointe, Character, Contemporary, Jazz and Lyrical, she has performed in various shows with the Academy. Efimov has danced solos which include: Princess Florine from Sleeping Beauty, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, a contemporary solo called Mood, Thumbelina from the ballet Thumbelina, an act three variation from Le Corsaire, Cupid variation from Don Quixote and Bacchante variation from Walpurgis night, as well as other dances.

Last summer, she participated in The Young Dancers Summer Workshop at American Ballet Theatre, and previously, recently took part in the five-week summer intensive at ABT where Efimov received the ABT National Training Scholar, as well as the Bender Foundation Scholar.

In 2017, she competed at the Youth America Grand Prix in Toronto and won the Hope award, and then proceeded to the NYC finals.

This year in 2018, Efimov competed at YAGP Toronto once again and received the 1st place award for Contemporary, and the 2nd place award for Classical, in the Junior Age Division.

Anastasia Miller

HER STORY:

Canadian Ballet Theatre

She began her dance training at the age of five at Academy of Ballet and Jazz. A devoted student from the start, Miller trained intensively throughout the years with Nadia Veselova Tencer, Vladimir Ivanov and Melody Ichimura, dancing leading roles in the school’s classical ballets.

In 2015, at the age of 14, she competed in the Youth America Grand Prix competition, earning the top award of Youth America Grand Prix, in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2015, she was accepted into the acclaimed State Ballet School in Berlin, Germany, where Miller continued her rigorous training.

Knowing that the training she received close to home was on par with professional schools around the world, Miller chose to pick up her studies with Veselova Tencer as she neared the start of her professional career.

Competing again at Youth America Grand Prix and earning top awards in classical and contemporary in Toronto, Miller continues to thrive throughout her training as she works toward her bright future as a professional ballet dancer.

Irene Yang

HER STORY:
Awards:
1st place Classical category, Youth America Grand Prix (2018)
1st place Contemporary category, Youth America Grand Prix (2018)
Only female canadian selected as a candidate for the 46th Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland
(75 candidates from 30+ countries compete each yea
Pre-professional ballet student with a background in competitive dance at award-winning Ontario studios. Yang’s intensive training at Academy of Ballet and Jazz began in 2014, under the instruction of Nadia Veselova Tencer, Vladimir Ivanov and Melody Ichimura. She has earned numerous high levels of recognition at the Youth America Grand Prix competition, including 1st place in both the classical and contemporary categories. This past season, she was selected as a candidate for the 46th Prix de Lausanne in Switzerland. Around 75 candidates from 30+ countries compete each year, with only about 20 making it to the finals. Yang made it to the finals as the only female Canadian, and one of top 5 in her age category. Her training at the Academy of Ballet and Jazz and her international recognition has put her on the path to a successful career in ballet.

Alys Shee

HER STORY:

Soloist, Burmingham Royal Ballet, UK

Previous companies:
American Ballet Theatre II
Canadian Ballet Theatre (Soloist)

Awards:
Grand Prix at the Stars of the 21st Century
Gold medal at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition (2012)
Silver Medal, USA International Ballet Competition (2010)
Silver Medal, Capetown International Ballet Competition (2010)
Silver Medal, Moscow International Ballet Competition (2009)

Competing again at Youth America Grand Prix and earning top awards in classical and contemporary in Toronto, Miller continues to thrive throughout her training as she works toward her bright future as a professional ballet dancer.

Evan Mckie

HER STORY:

National Ballet of Canada

Letter of Gratitude on 25th Anniversary of School

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!

Spasibo, Evan McKie

Sarah Clark

HER STORY:

Monte Carlo Ballet

PNadia and Solomon Tencer are true believers in your potential and strive to help you be the best that you can be. I started with The Academy of Ballet and Jazz at the age of four, and for over twenty years it has been my second home. After dancing around the world with various companies and performing in some of the most beautiful theatres, I always find myself coming back to the studio and learning new ways to improve on my technique and quality of dance. I cannot express enough how grateful I am or
the training and guidance I have received from all the teachers at the studio.
Nadia is an incredible teacher and mentor and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to be under her influence over all these years. Nadia taught
me to have the courage and persistence to keep reaching for my dreams. I would not have reached my goals as a dancer and as a person without the benefit of Nadia’s knowledge, dedication and love. I was a professional ballerina for over 27 years and I owe all my gratitude to Nadia and Solomon!

Sarah Clark

Former dancer and soloist with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Budapest
Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Company,
Hungarian National Ballet Opera, National Ballet de Panama,
Canadian Ballet Theatre.

Ian Szkolak

HER STORY:

Monte Carlo Ballet

Only kind words can describe the emotional and companionate contributions Nadia Veselova-Tencer has made to all of her students, friends and acquaintances. Nadia has successfully created a way of connecting with her students that enhances their natural abilities. To have a teacher and mentor that wants you to be the best that you can be is the rarest gift that one can ever find. After a decade and a half of Nadia’s mentorship I have learned to live my life compassionately and with a kind heart. I trust that Nadia is going to continue on her path of excellence and continue to surprise us with her amazing productions
throughout the world.

Ian Szkolak
Soloist, Ballet Victoria, British Columbia