The Heroine’s Journey of Dora Stepušin

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

That I can be myself…Dance as an art form gives us a possibility to be individuals, and for me there is no stronger way for a dancer to have a voice, speak out and express his own thoughts and visions than being himself on stage: human, vulnerable and honest. How much can we be intellectually intrigued throughout performer’s ideas or emotionally touched by someone’s vulnerability on stage? There lays the power of dance for me.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

This is a hard one! I think happiness is just one of many emotions we are capable of feeling and if we separate and observe them they are all beautiful within their own charm. As a dancer and a performer accepting my emotions and learning how to deal with them/ play with them is very necessary for my work. If I would think of a perfect happiness it would be the calmness of mind. I have heard many times that calmness is a cradle of power and for me it often feels like coming home each time after a long trip. That makes me happy…

What is my greatest fear?

A sudden turn off from everything that I am very passionate about at this point of my life. I think passion is one of my biggest drives and it scares me to think that it could suddenly disappear. What do I do then?

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I have a lot of trust in others thinking that we should treat others how we want to be treated and other way around, what in the end brought me a lot of disappointment.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

I admire all the artists and all of my colleagues in any art field that were brave enough to choose art as their profession and are strong enough to stay in it and become successful in fulfilling their dreams. It feels like you are not working a day in your life but you are working exactly what you love the most.

What is my greatest extravagance?

Cosmetics, all kind, from make-up to shower gels… My body is my temple and I like to nurture it.

On what occasion would I lie?

On a necessary one! Haha! I am honest in my professional and private life and I will always state that it is extremely important quality of each individual but I am aware that as much a lie can hurt, honesty can hurt too.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

That it often feels like I will not have enough time to experience what I intended to during my career of a professional dancer since it will not last a life time.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

Absolutely and without any doubts: On stage, every time!

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I can’t think of anything…

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Many people state that they are educated in dance, but I always say that I was raised in dance. I learned more about life and how to become a person through dancing than just technique and dance steps. That is why I developed into a strong, intelligent and mature artist and person I am today and that is something I am very proud of and I will always consider that my biggest achievement in work.

Where would I most like to live?

I see myself living in different countries during different periods of my life. I am not afraid to have no language to live in so I would leave my journey open to opportunities that come. What I know now is that I would love to find peace and calmness in my on one of the islands on Croatian coast

What is my most treasured possession?

I am aware that we cannot possess people but thinking about my treasures I wouldn’t name anything materialistic. I am very lucky to have a beautiful and supportive family and that I surround myself with people who love me and cherish my work, nourish and inspire me every day.

What is my most marked characteristic?

Strength, honesty, sensitivity

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

The woods, river of Kupa or any kind of wildness I can find near my city. Thinking of the most inspiring place that I will always go back to is the beautiful Adriatic Sea of Croatian coast.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?

My mother’s kitchen! Ask anyone in my city!

What books influenced my life and how?

I would say that all the books, movies, music that ever got to me influenced my life and left a little trace in my path of self- development so it would be very hard for me to take some books in consideration and leave the rest behind. There is one book that left a big footprint on my journey and that is why I would like to point it out: “El Poder de La Autodependencia” by Jorge Bucay.

Who are my favorite writers?

Pointing out the biggest ones that have written some of my favorite books: Jorge Bucay, Leo Tolstoy

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

“Got to give it up” by Marvin Gaye or “Free bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?


Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My parents

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

“Forest Gump” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

What role plays art in my life and work?

It plays the main role and it has the brightest spotlight in the whole theater!

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018?

I am looking forward to broaden my professional network during my auditions and the whole season of 2019 by working with different choreographers and I hope to meet and surround myself with inspiring young artists and that I will have a possibility to work on projects based on collaboration between different art fields.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?

Talent On The Move 2019” – Codarts dance Academy

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

That my love will always be stronger than my fears.

Which creative heroine should Peter invite to tell their story?

Oh I have one superwoman: Katherine Stimson!

How can you contact me?

Facebook page: Dora Stepušin,


LinkedIn profile: Dora Stepušin


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