Veronica Tennant

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Veronica Tennant
Born (1946-01-15) January 15, 1946 (age 69)
London, England
Occupation ballet dancer, teacher, choreographer, television producer/director
Awards Order of Canada
Governor General's Performing Arts Award

Veronica Tennant, CC FRSC (born January 15, 1946) is a Canadian dance and performance film producer and director, and former ballet dancer.

She was born in London, England, and moved to Canada with her parents and sister in 1955. Dancing from the age of four, by the age of 18, she became the youngest person ever to enter the National Ballet of Canada, and made her debut in the principal role in Romeo and Juliet. By 1976, she was a star at the National Ballet and touring across North America, Europe and Japan with Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev, among others, as prima ballerina. Since the end of her career she has had a hip replacement.


Veronica Tennant has been awarded honorary doctorates from Brock University, York University, Simon Fraser University and the University of Toronto. She serves often as keynote speaker. She has received several awards, including the Toronto Arts Award and the Arts and Letters Award from The Canadian Club of New York City.

In 1975 she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and was promoted to Companion in 2003. In 2001, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.[1] In 2006, she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2004, Tennant received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts.[2] [3]


  1. ^ Canada's Walk of Fame
  2. ^ "Veronica Tennant biography". Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Rsc Src

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