Order of Canada

From the official citation read out by Governor General Adirenne Clarkson on the day she invested David Adams into the Order of Canada, September 2, 2005

One of our first stars of Ballet, David Adams has had an enourmous influence on Canadian dance. A founding member of the National Ballet of Canada, he helped to shape the fledgeling company’s style. Technical brilliance and superb artistry became its hallmark, and, throughout his tenure as principal dancer, choreographer and ballet master, he dazzled audiences with magnificent productions. Former technical director, ballet master, teacher and choreographer of the Edmonton Festival Ballet and Grant MacEwan College, he has shared his immense talent with generations of performers and his impact will resonate for years to come.