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Dancers Pivot Into a New Role: Entrepreneur

Surviving as an artist turns out to be good preparation for running a business.

After winning her first ballet contract with the Joffrey Ballet at age 9, Allison Patel was dancing professionally in dance troupes and Off-Broadway shows by her early 20s. But that meant financial struggle. “My first year I netted $20,000,” said Ms. Patel. “Given that $11,000 of that went to rent, how did I survive?”

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