From Stage to Startup: Ballet Pro'S Lucrative Side Hustle


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When the Covid-19 virus hit, Danielle Schulz was dancing in the middle of Die Fliegende Hollander at the Metropolitan Opera and her husband was a full-time studentand she was three months pregnant.

"I had nurtured positions teaching fitness and ballet at New York City studios, which I continued via Zoom to stay financially afloat," the 32-year-old says in an interview with Fast Company.

"However, I was also three months pregnant, and my husband was a full-time student.

I had to get creative quickly."

So she started The Triangle Sessions, a corporate wellness company that offers company retreats, interactive wellness classes, and team-building events.

"It gave me the idea to start offering corporate wellness and team events to help employees stay connected in the newly virtual workplace," she says.

Schulz, who graduated from NYU Tisch with a dance degree and a minor in art history in 2009, says her experience as a dancer on a cruise ship gave her insight into how to connect with a wide range of people.

"Like the cruise ship, I learned the value of customer service and how to connect with a wide variety of people," she says.

"Waiting tables still goes down as the hardest job I've ever had, but it was

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