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Penny Saunders—photo by Tom Maday

“I was really young, just turning three,” says Penny Saunders, who is choreographing a new piece for Whim W’Him‘s January show. “You know—my mom.” The usual reasons kids get put in dance classes—something to do, use up energy. Penny grew up in Palm Beach, Florida. Her father was in the army, so they moved a couple of times, but she kept on dancing. “By eleven,” she says, “I knew that was what I wanted to do.”