Growing up in Portugal, Bruno Roque “wasn’t in a dance world.” Though he went to “a traditional summer camp where they would host occasional dance/ball/prom kind of evenings,” did 4 years of martial arts, and loved the fifties American musicals he saw on film, “I never thought it was something I’d like to do.”

But then his mother Teresa enrolled in drama school when he was 12, working nights and going to classes during the day. She and her son scarcely saw each other. Bruno was an independent sort, he relates, and took it in his stride, “but looking back, it was rough on her.” So she found a novel solution by enrolling him in the National Conservatory of Dance,