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Like many Imagine instructors, Dori is an accomplished artist, with a background in painting and drawing. In addition to many years experience as a swim teacher and lifeguard, Dori also teaches youth art classes and has taught large-scale mural painting for a Boston Youth initiative. This artistic spirit informs her teaching style in the pool, which she notes is based on creativity, exploration, and diligent practice. Born in nearby New Jersey, Dori grew up with frequent visits to New York City and the Jersey Shore - informing her dual passions for city living and the rather conflicting need to be around nature and the ocean. Dori received her BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and her MA in Urban Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute.