Adams, Alice Murdoch

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Adams, Alice Murdoch

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Alice Telford Murdoch, 1908-1997 , was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and in 1911 moved with her family to Cranbrook, British Columbia. During First World War the family returned to Scotland where she began training as a dancer. The family later moved to Calgary, Alberta and Alice entered the Jean Gauld School of Dancing, eventually becoming assistant director. In 1927 she opened her own school, which after a number of moves was established at 14 Avenue and 4 Street SW. In 1928 she took extra training in New York, USA, and later studied in many other American and European cities. She taught in numerous southern Alberta communities and opened a branch school in Lethbridge under Lola Strand. Her Calgary school performed annual revues at the Grand Theatre until 1949, and for several years her choreographed dances were performed prior to the feature at the Capitol Theatre. During the Second World War she choreographed one of five "concert parties" that toured Alberta military camps. For over 40 years she choreographed the President's Ball for the Rotary Club of Calgary. She married William Adams, ?-1978, and they had three children, Ryan, Sharon (LaRiviere) and Vicki Adams (Willis), 1950- . Alice and Bill operated Adams Electric in Banff for many years. In 1949 Alice turned her school over to her sister, Jean Murdoch Simpson. For further information see "Alice Murdoch Adams" in Building a Province : 60 Albeta Lives / Brian Brennan. -- Calgary : 2000, p. 109-111.

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