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Inspiring Stories from Glendale

The heart of our mission at VoyagePhoenix is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Greater Phoenix area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out inspiring stories from Glendale and surrounding areas below.

Stephanie Herman

Stephanie Herman is a former principal ballerina and prodigy of George Balanchine, dancing the world with luminaries such as Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. During her very lustrous career, she suffered some injuries that doctors were baffled with curing. Frustrated and refusing to believe she couldn’t heal, Stephanie educated herself on physical therapy and sought alternative methods of healing through the famous Carola Trier, the first disciple of Pilates founder Joseph Pilates. After a couple of years, not only was she injury and pain-free, but she found herself becoming even stronger than before her injuries. Because of this new found knowledge, she vowed to help and heal others through her unique trademark Wellness and Training program called “Pilates Ballet by Stephanie Herman”. Stephanie stays in shape still at the age of 70 through her own Pilates Ballet Program and continues her virtual teaching and performing, hoping to be a great role model to others. Read more>>

Keturah Lee

When I was younger, I had some amazing teachers in my life. I wanted to be so many things. Being a teacher and a City Manager were the two most desired occupations. So, I decided to do both. While going to school to pursue a degree in government, I was also certified to substitute teach and taught at an elementary school part-time in Belle Glade, Florida. It was an amazing experience to see a student confused about a concept transform into someone who not only understands the concept but actually masters it. To see the gleam in the students’ eyes when they mastered a concept was and is worth more than money could buy! Read more>>

Andrea Alfred

After dealing with multiple losses, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer December 2017. After meeting with my breast surgeon and hearing the magnitude of the disease, I decided have a radical bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. Well, that decision was the beginning of the rest of my life. I decided to chronicle everything step of the process, the good bad and ugly through my segment on fb called Real Talk with Drea because I wanted people to know that cancer didn’t have to be a death sentence. Even though am still alive, I have dealt with many obstacles such as multiple revisions upon revisions, blood clots, multiple scans, pain and you name it. Through it all, I’ve been an open book SHINING INSTEAD OF WHINING. Read more>>

Eric Sanchez

Eric Sanchez, Dancer/Choreographer, born and raised in the Bronx, New York City, found his path for Dance at the age of eight. Having gone through high school filling up his schedule with several dance programs, he graduated as the initial valedictorian of the Bronx Preparatory Charter School. After graduating, Eric continued his dance studies at the Alvin Ailey School and several NYC dance companies, including Violeta Galagarza’s KR3TS, Torey Nelson’s Live Co, and The Iconic House of Ninja, to name a few. After two years of working with a Talent Agent and booking commercials, TV and FILM, Eric packed his bags and left NYC for Los Angeles. Upon arrival, found work in music videos, industrials, stage productions and choreographing for performing artists. Read more>>

Brittany Woods

My very first job at the age of 14 was an equipment girl for a husband and wife wedding photography team. They were awesome and every weekend for a full year I traveled around central California with them to capture beautiful weddings! Fast forward 18 years later: I became the service photographer for my church, that’s where I realized I really enjoyed taking photos, and capturing life’s moments. Not long after becoming the service photographer I photographed my very first intimate wedding, from there my amazing husband Brian encouraged me to start Eden Grace Photos was birthed. The company is named after my only daughter Eden Grace. Today I’m a full-time entrepreneur taking photos for wedding and families! I absolutely love it! Read more>>

Marie Poppins

We are the group Femme Fatale. We are an international Dance trio based in Los Angeles. The members are Marie Poppins, Lily Frias and Dassy Lee. We are from France, Mexico, and South Korea. We moved to the United States to pursue our dream as dancers and choreographers. We are specialized in Street Dance, especially Popping and Waacking. The group Femme Fatale was created in 2016 after a successful performance at the Choreographer’s Ball in Los Angeles and the video of this performance went viral. Read more>>

Jessica Misluk

In 2000 when I was 18/19, I was studying in Jerusalem. I have always had some social anxiety and was never a fan of the bar scene because it’s typically loud and crowded. I discovered hookah lounges over there and fell in love with having a place where you could go out but actually relax and enjoy the company of your friends or a date. When I returned home to Maine, I decided I wanted to open a place like that, so I worked 80/90 hour workweeks at a group home to save up to open a hookah lounge in Portland. Read more>>


Dawn Young

Having loved math and science in high school, I wanted to study a STEM field in college. I went to Villanova University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and later from the University of Phoenix with an MBA. For years, I worked as an engineer and, then, manager at Honeywell. Although the hours were long and the workload was demanding, I loved my job and found it very rewarding, but with three little ones at home at the time. Read more>>

Becca Farmer

I’ve been an artist since I was a child. The daughter of an Air Force pilot, I grew up in Europe and was influenced by a culture rich in art. In college, I studied design and composition under Chris Magadini, internationally acclaimed illustrator. For many years I enjoyed a career as a graphic artist. I focus on acrylic painting with a macro perspective and modern realism style. Read more>>

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