How does an American, especially a young American, get to dance with the Royal Danish Ballet? Well talent helps, of course, a little bit of luck -- and love. At least that is the formula Ann Adair, the only American currently dancing with the internationally renowned troupe, has found.
First, the talent factor: Adair, 19, whose parents are physicians in Salt Lake City, has been geared toward a career in ballet for a long time. "I knew at the age of 12 I found my pleasure in dancing," she says. At 15 she left the U.S. to attend the prestigious National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto. Upon graduating last spring, she left for Europe to travel and was offered a position with the Dutch National Ballet. She turned down the job and "dropped in to Denmark."
Next, the luck factor. She started taking classes with the Royal Danish Ballet when, last November, "they were missing dancers because of injuries and that was my break. I was brought into the company."
And finally, love: Two summers ago, while she was still at school in Toronto, Johnny Eliasen, a principal dancer with the Danes, came to study the teaching methods at the school. "I was google-eyed about him," she admits with a little laugh. The next summer Eliasen came back and apparently the feelings were returned. Now they are together. So that's why she passed up a job in Holland and "dropped in to Denmark."
What of the future? "I'd be happy to stay with the company, if they want me," she says. And marriage? "Well." Pause. Little giggle. "We've talked about it." Pause. "He's got to meet my father first."