Toronto International Ballet Theatre

Toronto International Ballet Theatre

Our Story

Toronto International Ballet Theatre (TIBT) began long before its first public performance in 2008. It began with a vision by the Artistic Director, Tatiana Stepanova. Upon her many years experience  teaching in Canada, she noticed that there is  little opportunity  for young aspiring dancers to perform in a professional production. Knowing this is invaluable experience for dancers, experience that cannot be taught in a dance studio, Tatiana started making her vision a reality.

After years of planning, Toronto International Ballet Theatre (TIBT) came into fruition in 2008. The name would soon symbolize the combination of local talents with international professionals. TIBT was to occupy a niche within the ballet landscape which was to   provide a different experience to the dancer and the dance community. Local young talent, international stars, original choreography, beautiful sets and an intimate setting provides a unique experience to the audience.

Auditioning young aspiring dancers, Toronto International Ballet Theatre (TIBT) started to attract dancers all over Ontario including London, Whitby, Oshawa, Georgetown, Stouffville and throughout the GTA.  Dancers who would otherwise not have the opportunity to be a part of a professional production were now able to perform on the same stage with some of today’s biggest stars from Staatsballett Berlin, Boston Ballet and Carolina Ballet.

In December 2008, after a lot of hard work and dedication from staff and dancers, Toronto International Ballet Theatre (TIBT) had its inaugural performance of The Nutcracker. The performance saw an enormously positive response from the  audience as the first two shows were sold out! Audience young and old were touched by the beauty of the production, with many gasps and even some in tears.  The Nutcracker was to become TIBT’s core and its building block.


Our Mission Statement

Toronto International Ballet Theatre is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the art of ballet. By bringing together young talented dancers with international stars, to perform in professional productions with spectacular sets and beautiful choreography we seek to attract and expose our diverse community to the wonder and value of the art form of dance.

  • To ensure high quality professional productions
  • To maintain the highest artistic standards
  • To showcase top international artists, dancers, and choreographers
  • To enrich Toronto’s arts and culture with the beauty of classical ballet
  • To provide opportunities for young local dancers to learn and experience professional productions.