Adams, David

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Adams, David

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David Adams was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 16, 1928. He began his dance training with Gweneth Lloyd in 1938 and joined the newly formed Winnipeg Ballet a year later. He left for London, England in 1946 to train at the Royal Ballet School, and joined the Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet that same year. He was a leading soloist with the Metropolitan Ballet from 1947 to 1948. He returned to Winnipeg in 1949 as a choreographer for the Winnipeg Ballet. He choreographed Ballet Composite, Geschrei, and Masquerade for the Winnipeg Ballet before leaving to choreograph for predominately the Metropolitan Ballet.
In 1952, he became one of the founding members of the National Ballet of Canada and was one of its principal dancers as well as a choreographer until 1961. He then went to England for a year and briefly returned to the National Ballet before accepting a position at the Festival Ballet in London, where he remained until 1969. He joined the Royal Ballet the following year. In 1976, he became the Ballet Master of the Alberta Ballet Company and retired from dancing the following year. He later taught classes at the Grant MacEwan College, George Brown College, and the Toronto Dance Theatre. He also served as the artistic director of the Edmonton Festival Ballet from 1994 to 1996. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2004. David Adams passed away on October 24, 2007 in Stony Plain, Alberta.


Winnipeg, Manitoba
London, England
Toronto, Ontario
Edmonton, Alberta

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