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Dores André


DORES ANDRÉ – PRINCIPAL DANCER FROM SAN FRANCISCO


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Originally I am from Vigo, Spain. As a child I was very small, so my doctor recommended I do some sort of physical activity to promote growth. I loved to swim, but it was ver y solitary and I wanted to do  something more social with my friends. My first introduction to ballet was through a small school in Vigo. When I was 11, I won a competition and was awarded a scholarship to the Estudio de Danza de Maria Avila, in Zaragoza. Until this point, I had only danced for fun, but this opportunity made me more serious about my training. I ended up  studying  with Maria until I joined the San Francisco Ballet in 2004.

When I was 17, I was preparing to compete at the Prix de Lausanne. But  just  before, I broke my foot and couldn’t participate. The injury was a roadblock I hadn’t seen coming. Even though it was difficult to  realize this  at the time , I was facing  a pivotal moment in my life. I had to decide if I would continue dancing or  choose to  go to college. But the  injury and my  inability to danc e only made me realize how  pas sionate I actually felt about ballet . So  at that point  I made a conscious decision to recommit myself to dance and pursue a professional career. It was a difficult decision to make, but the experience ultimately made me more focused. In order to  realize  my dream of becoming a professional, I had to rededicate myself to the art form and work more purposely than ever before.

Growing up, I had a videotape of Elizabeth Loscavio, a former San Francisco Ballet dancer,  performing  in Balanchine’s  Who Cares?  at Lincoln Center. Seeing her  really inspired me to dance boldly. When it came time for me to audition for companies, naturally San Francisco Ballet was high on my list. I had some friends in the company, so I went to take class and  got offered a job  .


One of the things I enjoy most , is being  the studio  to rehearse a role by myself and then later to perform it. It’  s hugely satisfying to have a  single  part  become a piece of my  self  through this process . When I premiered in  Romeo and Juliet  , I was able to work a lot on  Juliet’s  character by myself. In a way, I became more self-suffic i ent in the studio. It made the performance much more poignant  for me, knowing I had built the  role from the ground up , bringing it from the studio to the stage .

Today, I’ve been i n the company for 14 years and I’ m now a principal  dancer  . Along the way ,  I’ve learned  not t o  worry so much about what certain people think. The most su ccessful road is to try be yourself. This  isn’t  always easy in a world as  subjective  as ballet , which doesn’t have a lot of objective standards . This is where trustworthy friends and colleagues  come in. If you surround your  self with people whose opinion you value,  their critique can only  help you grow as an artist. That being said, it’s important to learn from everyone and see  what they have to offer. The choice of  what type of dancer and artist you want to be , in the end,  is up to you.

Photo by  Zachariah Epperson


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