TPB is proud to present our second senior profiled for the 2013-14 Curriculum year, Dori Pollard! Read on for the full interview!
Dori is one of those people that is such a pleasure to teach. She always has a smile on her face and is a consistent hard worker. She has progressed beyond belief in the years she has been with us which is obvious when you see the roles she is dancing in our upcoming Holiday performances. Her exceptional attitude and work ethic will take her far in life and I personally will miss her when she is no longer a dancer at The Portland Ballet. Dori has been an inspiration to me as one of her teachers and coaches.
- Nancy Davis, Artistic Director
Name, Age, Year in School?
Dori Pollard, 18 years old, 12th grade.
When did you start dancing?
I started dancing when I was 4-years-old.
When did you start at TPB?
I started in 2009, when I was 13.
How has being a dance student affected your school life? Social life?
I’m home schooled, so it doesn’t affect me as much in school as it would if I wasn’t home schooled, but my social life is definitely affected… especially my family events. I have missed many of those.
What are your other hobbies besides dance?
When I am not dancing, I really like drawing and reading long sci-fi books.
Influential master classes?
All of my master classes have been influential, but whenever John Clifford teaches a master class, it really is the best.
I really enjoy all of my teachers’ classes. It is too hard to pick just one. This last summer, I really liked Alison Ropers class. She was my favorite dancer growing up, so it was very special to be in a class of hers (and on top of it she was super nice!)
Or SBI programs?
I went to Ballet West in 2012; it was a great program. I made a lot of friends and the teachers were fantastic. When I went back this last summer, a lot of the teachers remembered me.
Why do you dance?
When I dance, all the pain that I’ve been feeling goes away. I can forget everything and just dance. I also just love to move across the floor, even if it’s just running.
Favorite role or ballet danced?
My favorite ballet was Don Quixote. There was so much energy on stage- it was so much fun…but my favorite role is the shopkeeper’s wife in The Enchanted Toyshop. I would watch Maggie Rupp and Kelsey Trif dance in rehearsals when I first came to TPB. They were so amazing and beautiful. I can’t wait to perform this role. (And we can’t wait to see you!)
Favorite part of class? Barre? Center? Do you love to jump or turn or both? Adagio?
During barre, I feel super strong but in the center, I can perform…and grand allegro, I can fly. I love all of class!
Favorite TPB moment?
When we have Jason Davis’ class, you have to be careful about what you ask him. You may ask if the combination is on relevé (for non-dancers, this is up on the balls of your feet or higher with heels off the floor), and he will reply, “Now it is.”
Do you have a favorite dancer- friend at TPB or professional dancer? Any favorite ballet companies?
The TPB dancer I have always looked up to is Maggie Rupp. She is such a beautiful dancer and person. She can light up a room.
Plans for after graduation?
I think I will attend Ballet West in Utah again for their SBI. After that, I really want to find a dance company that is right for me, perhaps go to college, but I really want to dance.
Pursue dance professionally?
I would love to be a professional dancer. That would mean the world to me.
Dream job- where would you like to see yourself in five, ten years?
I hope that in five years I have found a company and am dancing, but I would really like to be a ballet teacher. Maybe someday I will start a ballet school of my own, but whatever I do, I would love to still be dancing.
Any advice for young TPB dancers?
Really work on your memory. The dancer who remembers the combination the fastest will definitely stand out. Also dance with the music; the counts are part of the combination.
Thanks so much Dori! You can see Dori perform her favorite role of Amelie, the Shopkeeper’s Wife, this Thanksgiving weekend! Buy your tickets today for The Portland Ballet’s holiday classic, The Enchanted Toyshop with Firebird!