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Veronica Tennant

Toronto ballerina and filmmaker

When Veronica Tennant became a principal dancer with the National Ballet of Canada at 18, it was a dream come true. And then, the incomparable Rudolf Nureyev chose Veronica as Aurora for his 1972 production of The Sleeping Beauty.

The ballet premiered on stage at the National Arts Centre, and the kiss that brought Aurora to life became a metaphor for Ms. Tennant and the NAC. “Most of the absolutely magical performances I remember were here.” Her affection for the NAC also includes serving on the Board of Trustees, and hosting its 40th Anniversary celebration.

As a filmmaker, producer, actor and director, Veronica is thriving. Currently, her muse takes her to Niagara Falls, Canada. It's 1825. An exiled Cuban poet, José María Heredia, sits beside the terrifying precipice and writes “Ode to Niagara.” Today, that poem is revered throughout Latin America; tomorrow it will come to life on stage.