Biography of Diana Adams (1926-1993)

Dancer and American teacher, born in Stanton (Virginia) on March 29, 1926 and died in San Andreas (California) on January 10, 1993.

She started taking ballet classes with her stepmother in Memphis (Tennessee), and continued studies in New York with teachers Edward Caton, Antony Tudor and Agnes de Mille. He/She made his debut in the musical's Broadway Oklahoma! (1943). in 1944, he/she joined the Ballet Theatre, where he/she held the position of solo from 1945. In 1950 he/she moved to New York City Ballet along with her husband, the dancer Hugh Laing. The ballets premiered: Graziana (1945) of John Taras, Undertow (1945), Shadow of the Wind (1948), The Dear Deaparted (1949), Nimbus (1950), Lady of the camellias (1951) and La Gloire (1952) of Antony Tudor, Facsimile (1946) by Jerome Robbins, Fall River Legend (1948) of Agnes de Mille, Picnic at Tintagel (1952) of Frederick Ashton and Creation of the World (1960) by Todd Bolender.

George Balanchine created specifically for her main roles in his ballets: Waltz Academy (1944), Princess Aurora (1949), La Valse (1951), neither (1952), Bayou (1952), concertmaster (1952), Valse Fantasie (1953), Opus 34 (1954), Western Symphony (1954), Ivesian (1954), A Musical Joke (1956), Divertimento No. 15 (1956), Agon (1957), Stars and Stripes (1958), Episodes II (1959), Pan-America (1960), The Figure in the Carpet (1960)Monumentum pro Gesualdo (1960), Liebeslieder Walzer (1960), Ragtime (I) (1960), Modern Jazz: Variants (1961) and Electronics (1961). In 1952 he/she was with the New York City Ballet in Spain, in a series of shows organized by the theatre of the Liceo de Barcelona. He/She participated in the film Knock on Wood (1954) of Dane Kaye and Invitation to the Dance (1956) by Gene Kelly. He/She left the New York City Ballet in 1963, when he/she became pregnant. Later he/she was Professor of the School of American Ballet in New York and served as Director of the Kansas City Ballet School. After divorcing Hugh Laing, Diana Adams was married to Ronald Bate.