San Francisco Ballet principal Dores André's flair for onstage drama and powerful, picture-perfect technique have solidified her as a company standout. She joined the company in 2004 as a corps member, was promoted to soloist in 2012, and in 2015 was awarded the title of principal dancer. Born in Vigo, Spain, André started studying ballet at age 9 before moving across the country to train seriously at the Estudio de Danza Maria de Avila in Zaragoza at age 13. Later, she headed to the States to audition for SFB and was offered a contract. Catch her dancing this month with the company. —Courtney Bowers
Just as I was talking about all the awesome choreographers and filmmakers out there, teaming up to create dance films, the internet went and proved me right. Dancer, photographer and filmmaker Quinn Wharton's latest project—an experimental short called RUN—is another cool addition to the genre.
Frances Chung and Dores André in RUN
Not only is the film edgy, but it also features the ultra-glamorous Frances Chung, who's a principal with San Francisco Ballet (and one of my favorite ballerinas!). She dances a slightly creepy contemporary duet with SFB soloist Dores André, where the two women seem to switch places, emerging and disappearing into the earth.
We've been long-time fans of Wharton's stunning photography, and it's exciting to see him venture into dance-film territory. We can't wait to see what's next!
A big congratulations to San Francisco Ballet's newest soloists, Clara Blanco and Dores Andre! Both dancers were promoted to the rank of soloist by Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson yesterday after their debut role as “Olga” in the SF Ballet premiere of Cranko’s Onegin. We can't wait to see where these new promotions take them.