Tina Pereira was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. She joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2001, leaving in 2004 to dance with Het Nationale Ballet. Ms. Pereira re-joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2006 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2009.
“Tina Pereira, as Moss, was a standout; I dare say it would be lovely to see her dance [Cinderella] one day.”
Recently, Ms. Pereira made her debut as Valencienne in The Merry Widow. Her repertoire includes The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Lise in La Fille mal gardée, Katerina in The Taming of the Shrew, Spring in The Four Seasons, the title role in Carmen, Perditia and Young Shepherdess in The Winter’s Tale, Le Serpent in Le Petit Prince as well as lead roles in Symphony in C, Monotones I, In The Upper Room and Chroma. She has also danced roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Cinderella, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Nijinsky, Pinocchio, Paquita, The Four Temperaments, The Second Detail, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, Genus and Emergence.
In 2007, Ms. Pereira won The Seventh International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize and was invited to perform Prokofiev Pas de Deux at the New York debut of Morphoses.
Tina Pereira is sponsored through Dancers First by The Honourable Margaret Norrie McCain, C.C.
Born: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Trained: Canada’s National Ballet School
First Soloist since: 2009
“The Bee is a brilliant virtuoso intervention during the famous Waltz of the Flowers that has Pereira weaving through the Corps de Ballet in thrilling fashion.”
— The Globe and Mail
“Tina Pereira's gorgeous line and hyperextended legs were also highlighted to great effect.”