Dorothy grew up in Austin, training at Ballet Austin and performing corps de ballet roles with the company. While a student in the BFA Dance program at SMU, Dorothy studied Martha Graham technique, Jazz, Improvisation, and other styles of dance.
After graduating from SMU, Dorothy spent a year as an apprentice with Colorado Ballet and then went on to dance with David Taylor Dance Theater, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, California Ballet, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. After moving to New York in 2004, Dorothy danced for Ballet NY (Judith Fugate and Medhi Bahiri, artistic directors), Dances Patrelle, Collective Body Dance Lab, John-Mark Owen Presents, and many other choreographers and companies, working in a wide range of styles.
Dorothy O’Shea Overbey and James Pierce III in Duetic Sculptures, by Brian Carey Chung. Photos by Rosalie O’Connor, Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York