Nesta Toumine Memorial Award

The Society of Russian Ballet presents the Nesta Toumine Memorial Award annually to students that display outstanding technical merit and exceptional artistic development in the Vaganova style. Members of the Society’s Examining Committee, following the annual examination season, put the names of potential recipients forward for consideration.

Nesta Toumine was a charter member and examiner for the Society of Russian Ballet. She was a Canadian-born dancer, who performed with the prestigious Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. In the early 1960’s Madame Toumine started the first professional Canadian ballet company in Ottawa called the Classical Ballet Concert Group of Ottawa. Numerous former students have continued on to highly visible positions in the Canadian and international dance community. This memorial award was created in 1996 after Madame Toumine passed away.

For further information about the life of Nesta Toumine see Canadian Dance Visions and Stories edited by Selma Landen Odom and Mary Jane Warner


Winners of the Nesta Toumine Memorial Award:



City & Province


2013 Sarah Snider Barrie, ,ON Jane Pound
2011 Aidan Grierson Waterloo, ON Audra Grierson
2010 Sara Campitelli Woodbridge, ON Sharon Ralston
2010 Veronica Chiarelli Nepean, ON Ewa Zielinski
2010 Julia Kinahan Ottawa, ON Merle Adams
2010 Lauren MacEachern Halifax.NS Mariella Belleza
2008 Victoria Ward Nepean, ON Ewa Zielinski
2006 Valerie Saija Stoney Creek, ON Irina Egorova
2004 Hannah Mae Cruddas Dartmouth, NS Leica Hardy
2003 Ivana Casic Mississauga, ON Rajka Kupesic
2003 Laura Suppa Woodbridge, ON Sharon Ralston
2003 Fiona Morrison Sudbury, ON Denise Vitali
2001 Angel Jutzi New Hamburg, ON Donna Bender
2000 Amanda Murphy Ottawa, ON Merle Adam
1999 Chalice Valeriano Hamilton, ON Vitek Wincza
1998 Tiffany Mosher Halifax, NS Leica Hardy
1998 Courtney Nelson Waterdown, ON Irina Egorova

Nesta Toumine, ca. 1949