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Shahar Dori

Shahar Dori, Corps De Ballet

Birthplace
Haifa, Israel

Dance Training
Haifa "Wizo" Art School, Israel
Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy

Joined the Company
2012

Favorite Ballet
Alice in Wonderland
by Christopher Wheeldon

Defining Moment:
Bowing on stage for the first time with the company during Bolero and with a full house standing ovation.

A native of Haifa, Israel, Shahar Dori began dancing at the age of 16 in Haifa, Israel at Wizo Art and Design High School where he danced lead roles in Coppélia and Le Corsaire. For two years, Dori trained on scholarship at the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC). In Israel, Dori received the distinguished "Keren Sharet" award for ballet by the American-Israel Cultural Foundation. Following being awarded this prize, famous Israeli contemporary dancer, Ido Tamor, selected Dori for a scholarship for a full Summer Intensive Program at Montgomery Ballet.

Mr. Dori joined Houston Ballet II, Houston Ballet's Second Company, in August of 2011. Prior to joining Houston Ballet II, Dori was an apprentice at Montgomery Ballet in Montgomery, Alabama. During his time with Montgomery Ballet, Dori performed the principal role in La Vivandier, puss and boots in The Sleeping Beauty, as well as various roles, such as Chinese, Spanish, and Arabian in The Nutcracker.

In 2012, Mr. Dori joined Houston Ballet as a corps de ballet member, since then he has danced a variety of roles, including Stanton Welch's Marie, Madame Butterfly, La Bayadère (Buddha), Brigade, Paquita (Pas de Trois), The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Horn), Of Blessed Memory, and Swan Lake (Russian and Hungarian Guard); David Bintley's Aladdin (Dragon Boy, and Palace Guard); Twyla Tharp's The Brahms Haydn Variations; George Balanchine's Theme and Variations and Ballet Imperial; Jerome Robbins's The Concert; Ben Stevenson's The Nutcracker (Fat Father, Father, Harlequin, Nutcracker, Spanish, Sword Chinese, and Ginger and Nut II); Ronald Hynd's Merry Widow; Jiří Kylián's Sechs Tanze (Six Dances); and Edwaard Liang's Murmuration.

 

Headshot by Amitava Sarkar