National Ballet of Canada

Ten Years of Souvenir Programmes

“The only Canadian dancer I had known before coming to David Adams. he had danced with the Winnipeg Ballet before coming to England to work with the Sadler’s Wells and then the Metropolitan Ballet; there we had sometimes danced together in Victor Gsovsky’s The Dances of Galanta. In the late forties he returned to Vancouver, where fortunately for the National Ballet, he met and married Lois Smith.

“Lois had ballet training but had never danced in a professional ballet company; nevertheless with her beautiful legs and feet, natural classic line and zeal, she was destined to become our first principal ballerina. David was an excellent partner for her: Lois, though on the tall side, had a delicate, fragile appearance; David was built like a football player, and his muscular physique showed off Lois’ femininity to advantage.”

Celia Franca
National Ballet of Canada: A Celebration
U of T Press, 1978

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