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Artistic Director

Nadia Veselova Tencer

Artistic Director: Academy of Ballet and Jazz, School of Canadian Ballet Theatre

Artistic Director: Stars of the 21st Century, Annual International Ballet Gala:

Champs Elysees, Paris, France 1998 – 2006
Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow, Russia 2001
Lincoln Center, New York, USA 2000-2007
Palais des Festivales, Cannes, France 1999 – 2007
Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts 2002 -2007 Hummingbird Centre, Toronto, Canada 1995 – 199

Outstanding Teacher, Youth America Grand Prix, 5x

Awards: Brilliance of the 21st Century Medal, New York, 2007 Awards: Golden Soffit Award, St. Petersburg, Russia 1995-1996

Judge and Choreographer at the Youth America Grand Prix, New York, U.S.A. Judge, Prix Benois de la Danse, Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow

Graduate of the Kirov Ballet, St. Petersburg Performed with Russian companies and with the world’s best ballet stars

Nadia Veselova Tencer was a judge at both Prix Benois De La Danse, Bolshoi Theatre-Moscow Russia, and Youth America Grand Prix U.S.A

Only the Best

Success of our Graduates

Our school offers the best level of dance training in the world.

Many of our students have 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:

American Ballet Theatre
Bolshoi Ballet
Monte Carlo
Budapest Opera Balle
English National Ballet

Canadian Ballet Theatre

Tiffany Efimova

Only 12 years old
Attended The Young Dancers Summer Workshop at American Ballet Theatre

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)

Soloist, Canadian Ballet Theatre

Irene Yang

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 year0

Canadian Ballet Theatre

Anastasia Miller

She began her dance training at the age of five at Academy of Ballet and Jazz. 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.

Soloist, Burmingham Royal Ballet, UK

Alys Shee

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

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)

Soloist, National Ballet of Estonia

Evgeni Dokoukine

Previous companies:
Ballet du Capitole, France
Louisville Ballet, USA
Israel Ballet, Israel
Canadian Ballet Theatre (Soloist), Canada

Silver medal at the Youth American Grand Prix Finals in New York (2009)

National Ballet of Canada

Evan McKie

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

Monte Carlo Ballet

Sarah Clark

Nadia 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.

Monte Carlo Ballet

Ian Szkolak

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

NADIA in PARIS – Day before GALA


What People are Saying

“They taught me how to be a professional dancer”

“Being a professional dancer would have never been possible without the strong foundation that I have received from the Academy of Ballet and Jazz. This is a school which has not only taught me the classical syllabus, but has taught me how to be a professional dancer and artist within a classical ballet company. I will always be thankful for the opportunity that I have received to learn from Nadia Veselova-Tencer, as she is not only a teacher of international level with incredible knowledge, but a mentor who was always able to find ways for me excel even when I did not think could. Every single time I step on stage anywhere in the world I am truly thankful that I had the opportunity to attend this school, and was able to learn from the incredible teachers there. 

Evgeni Dokoukine
Soloist, National Ballet of Estonia

“True believers in your potential”

Nadia and Solomon Tencer are true believers in your potential. 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
Soloist with Les Ballets de Monte Carlo
Budapest Ballet
Indianapolis Ballet Company
Hungarian National Ballet Opera
National Ballet de Panama
Canadian Ballet Theatre

“Forever Grateful to Nadia and Solomon”

“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 Soloist, Birmingham Royal Ballet, UK

“She inspired great love and respect for the art form”

“As a former student of Academy of Ballet and Jazz, my years under Nadia’s tutelage have provided me with an exceptionally refined understanding of the art of ballet. Now as a teacher at the academy, I am continued to be inspired by her generosity and unsparing love for her students. Speaking on behalf of all her pupils, I can say she has inspired in us, a great respect and love for the art form. My time at the academy as both a teacher and choreographer have been filled with countless unforgettable experiences. In 2014, I was invited to showcase my work at the world renowned, Stars of the 21st Century ballet gala in Paris, France. I could never have dreamed of such an invitation and I am forever grateful to Nadia and Solomon for the extraordinary opportunity. I have also worked with the students of the academy in preparation for the Youth American Grand Prix ballet competition. I can proudly say that we have been met with great success, having placements in both 1st and 2nd place in the contemporary category. None of this would have been possible had it not been for Nadia’s encouragement and guidance. She inspires me every day to love what I do and I hope I am able to share this love with my own students.

Melody Ichimura
Teacher & Choreographer, Academy of Ballet & Jazz

CANADIAN BALLET THEATRE professional productions

Our professional ballet productions feature Guest Stars from Top Ballet Companies of the World: American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet,  Stuggart Ballet, Paris Opera, and many more

International Ballet Gala – Stars of the 21stcentury

Nadia Veselova Tencer is Artistic Director of Stars of the 21st Century – an annual International Ballet Gala that has taken the world-renowned stages of Paris, Cannes, New York, Toronto, Bucharest, Moscow and Panama City by storm since its debut in 1993. Featuring first class line-ups in both classical and cutting edge contemporary dance from around the globe, Stars of the 21st Century has become the most prestigious ballet gala and one of the most important cultural events in the world.

On one stage, for one night only, audiences experience the unprecedented technical skills and immaculate artistry from the world’s leading ballet companies

Hours of Operation

4pm – 9pm

3:00pm – 10:30pm

By Appointment Only

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