Dori Santarsiere

Dori Santarsiere (Chicago, IL) started training in all forms of dance at the age of eight with Joan Golden in her small desert community in California. At age eleven she began to study at Inland Pacific Ballet of Montclair, California. Under the direction of Victoria Koenig, she benefited from master teachers Janek Schergen, Maria Veigh and Rebecca Wright. Dori has also studied on scholarship with the Joffrey Ballety, Ballet Austin and Lou Conte Dance Center. Dori performed professional with the Houston Ballet, Anaheim Ballet and works by Robert Battle, Katarzyna Skarpetowska and Harrison McEldowney as well as the opportunity to work with choreographers Alex Ketley and Azure Barton. In 2004 she was accepted into Harrington College of Design where she graduated with high honors in August 2006 with a BFA in Interior Design and a minor in Architecture. Dori joined Thodos Dance Chicago in 2007 taking full advantage of their three-fold mission, expanding her resume to include several choreographic credits and working as a master teacher in high school and college dance workshops around the country. In addition to teaching all forms of dance, Dori is a certified Pilates Instructor teaching at several gyms and private studios around Chicago. As one of the fresh new faces of the Chicago choreographic scene, her works have been described as "elegant", "sensual", "dynamic and challenging." Dori was featured in Dance Chicago 2009 as the 'Extended Views' choreographer and was recently recognized by Dance Magazine as one of the Active Women Choreographers. In one of her more recent independent projects, she was chosen by world renowned DJ and artist Jeff Mills to portray on film the 'Aero-Futurist Dancer' in his latest installation piece Critical Arrangements. Commissioned by the Pompidou Center in Paris, the exhibition toured Paris and Rome before moving to the Tate Gallery in 2010. Dori is trained in aerial dance and is currently a founding company member of Chicago Repertory Ballet.