How to Live Your Dreams Even When Your Dreams Don’t Come True


15-04-2023 • 36 mins

Whether you’re in your forties or seventies, life and work can blossom into incredible ways if you’re willing and open to all possibilities. Stephanie Herman was a Principal Ballerina until an injury stopped her in her tracks. But, instead of giving up, she persevered and found ways to utilize her many talents, learn from her experiences and never give up on her dreams. Now, at 72 years “young”, Stephanie continues to pursue her passions through dance and Pilates, while teaching others how to live life to their fullest.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • How to stay motivated when your dreams are crushed.
  • The power of humor and humility in life and work.
  • How acceptance can get you through the tough times.
  • Why you shouldn’t listen to negative critics.
  • How to stay young at any age.

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About Stephanie:

Stephanie Herman is a well-renowned second-generation master Pilates teacher with an unbeatable passion and a unique approach to teaching — one that is inspirational and embodies the physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects of well-being.

At 20, she became Principal Ballerina with Geneva Ballet working directly with George Balanchine. Dancing with Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov on some of the world's most prominent stages.

Her Pilates Ballet Wellness program was born from efforts to heal herself.  As principal ballerina, tremendous demands were put on her body, depending upon it not only for her livelihood but for the source of her life's passion -- dance. At the age of 21, she was seriously injured and then cured by Carola Trier, the first disciple of Joseph Pilates.

In fact, she ended up even stronger than before.

Things mentioned in the episode:

Ballerina - Stephanie’s one woman show:

The Stephanie Herman Show featuring WildAid:

Connect with Stephanie:








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