David Adams


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(b Winnipeg, 16 Nov. 1928; d Stony Plain, Alberta, 24 Oct, 2007)

Canadian dancer. He studied at the Winnipeg Ballet School, Sadler's Wells School, and with Volkova and Gontcharov, making his adult debut with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1946. In the same year he joined Sadler's Wells Ballet then danced with various companies before becoming first soloist with National Ballet of Canada in 1951. An exceptionally athletic dancer he became Canada's first male ballet star. In 1961 he joined London Festival Ballet and in 1970 the Royal Ballet where he danced until 1976. He created roles in several works, including Taras's Designs with Strings (1948) and MacMillan's Anastasia (1971 version). He was director of Ballet for All from 1976 to 1977 and in 1978 returned to Canada to teach. With the Toronto-based Encore! Encore! dance reconstruction project he and his brother Lawrence Adams and sister-in-law Miriam Adams began reviving the heritage of Canadian ballet, including the reconstruction of Boris Volkoff's The Red Ear of Corn (1949, rev 1999).

Subjects: Dance.

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