The famous dancer finds it difficult to account T for her passion for the stage, for she says that, to the best of her belief, there is not a scrap of theatrical or even artistic history of any kind in her family. Her stage ambitions were aroused when, as a child of seven, she saw Sarah Bernhardt act at San Francisco, where she was educated. Miss Allan is by birth a Canadian, being born at Toronto. Curiously enough, she never received a dancing lesson in her life. It was intended that she should be a pianist, and she was trained with that object in view; but in golden California, at Los Angeles, she was seized with that ambition which ultimately led to her becoming a great exponent of classical dancing, In 1903, when she was twenty-four years of age, Miss Allan made her debut as a dancer in Vienna, and subsequently appeared in many of the leading Continental cities. She first appeared in London at the Palace Theatre, in March, 1908, and created a sensation with her famous Salome dance.
Miss Maud Allan I.b.