Dori began training at Evergreen Dance Academy at age four. She studied at The Portland Ballet up until its 2013-2014. Then she studied for a year at Oregon Ballet Theatre. For the 2015-2016 season, she had the privilege of being in The Portland Ballet’s Career Track program. She has attended various summer programs including The Portland Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet West, Ballet Austin, and Oklahoma City Ballet.
Who influenced you most to become the dancer you are today?
My main teacher at The Portland Ballet was Nancy Davis. She taught me so much about artistry and really giving it your all on stage. She also told me to not be so hard on myself, and to always have fun.
What was the funniest episode(s) you’ve experienced in your career?
It’s always fun when teachers and guest choreographers tell funny stories about their careers. We’ll all have a good laugh over a fall or slip up that we can laugh at now.
Who would you most like to share the stage with (living or dead)?
Allison Roper was my idol when she was a principal at Oregon Ballet Theatre, because she had such a presence on stage. Even now when she teaches class, she is so graceful, and kind hearted.
What goes through your mind just before you perform?
I’m always going through my choreography up until the last moments before I go on stage, running through each step several times. I’ll make sure I haven’t forgotten a part of my costume, or that my “whispies” are under control.
What do you like/admire most about San Diego Ballet?
I’m excited to take part in more of their diverse repertoire this year.