Veronica Tennant

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Veronica Tennant
Born (1946-01-15) January 15, 1946 (age 73)
London, England, UK
OccupationPrincipal Dancer, filmmaker, producer, director
AwardsOrder of Canada
Governor General's Performing Arts Award
Canada's Walk of Fame

Veronica Tennant, CC FRSC (born January 15, 1946) is a Canadian producer, director, and filmmaker and was Principal Dancer, National Ballet of Canada.

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. In 2015 she conceived and directed NIÁGARA: A Pan-American Story, a multidisciplinary project for the 2015 Pan American Games.[1]


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.[2] 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.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Commission Fund - PANAMANIA - TORONTO 2015". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2015.
  2. ^ Canada's Walk of Fame Archived October 30, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Veronica Tennant biography". Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation. Retrieved February 6, 2015.
  4. ^ Rsc Src Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine

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