Dores is a principal dancer in the San Francisco ballet, where she has been dancing for the past 12 years. Having performed in leading roles since her recent promotion from soloist last year, Dores has a commanding presence both on and off stage.
The One X Ten Interview:
1. Where are you from and where do you currently call home?
I’m from Vigo, Spain and currently live in San Francisco.
2. How did you get started in your sport and when did you realize you wanted to pursue it professionally?
I started ballet when I was 9. I wasn't sure until I was 16 or 17 that I would be able to make it professionally. I was very lucky I got to do it.
3. What is the biggest setback you’ve suffered as an athlete?
Broken metatarsal when I was 17, but it made me stronger, and it made me realized I wanted to dance professionally.
4. Best piece of advice from women starting out in your sport?
Dance is great exercise in many ways: It makes you extremely aware and committed. Those qualities will stay with you for life whether you make it professionally or not. It's great training for life.
5. What’s the biggest misconception people have about being a female athlete?
That we are catty. We are competing with ourselves, not our colleagues. That's drama the media wants, but it isn't necessarily true.
6. Whom in your sport do you admire the most and why?
I admire people who do their best, and who are classy and nice to others. Wendy Whelan is a great example of that.
7. What’s in your gym/workout bag?
Lots of shoes, water bottle, and Nuuns.
Coffee, green juice, yogurt with cereal.
9. Favorite workout or workout tip?
Swimming--perfect for stamina.
10. We define “The Wonder” as the state of reaching the truly extraordinary—the achievements that most people, including you at one point, could not fathom. What is your Wonder and what has it taken—or what will it take—to reach it?
I think it (will) take a consistent positive state of mind.