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Joined ABT 2019
Duncan McIlwaine was born and raised in a family of dancers in Worcester, Vermont. He began studying ballet at age eight at Vermont Ballet Theater School, under the direction of Alexander Nagiba. McIlwaine attended the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive in Connecticut and American Ballet Theatre’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop. At age 13, he joined the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School on full scholarship. As a student at the ABT JKO School, he performed the role of The Nutcracker Boy in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker at the Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. In January 2018, McIlwaine joined American Ballet Theatre Studio Company and became an apprentice with the main Company in 2019.