One Giant Leap for a Dancer

Janet Rollé, now a VH1 V-P, learned discipline, teamwork, and calculated risk-taking from her time in the corps de ballet

In 1989, Janet Rollé left her job after five years and enrolled in the MBA program at Columbia University. That was hardly unusual: Many students enter B-school with a few years' professional experience. What made Rollé a little different was the job she had left behind. After studying at Barnard College and then receiving an undergraduate degree in fine arts from the State University of New York at Purchase, Rollé worked as a jazz, modern, and classical dancer in London. Her stint in ballet slippers included positions as a principal dancer for the English National Opera and as a dance captain for the musical Time.

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