Photo by Nir Ariel

Like many imaginative kids, Brendan Duggan, who grew up in Amherst, New Hampshire, loved dressing up in costumes. But he only came to dance relatively late, in high school at 16. Before that he did sports, “But to get really good at them, you had to be really competitive, and that just wasn’t me,” he says. When a friend needed a buddy to try out a ballet class, Brendan obliged and hasn’t stopped dancing since. “I loved the study and how hard it was and the self-correction.”