Luke was born in Alice Springs, Australia and received his early training at Central Dance Theatre and Alice Springs Gymnastics before moving to Sydney to train at Tanya Pearson’s Classical Coaching Academy and Studio Tibor. Luke then furthered his studies in Germany by completing a Bachelor of Dance at Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden with Honours. Throughout his studies, Luke undertook workshops of the Ohad Naharin Gaga movement language and William Forsythe Improvisation Technology.
Luke was previously a Company dancer with Balet Moskva, Russia from 2016 – 2018, performing in both the Ballet and Contemporary Ensembles. Luke has interned with Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape Lyon, France in 2014, Semperoper Dresden, Germany in 2014 and participated in the 5th Biennale Tanzausbildung in 2016. Luke was also part of the ensemble for Karin Ponties ‘Every Direction is North’, which won The Golden Mask Award for ‘The Best Performance in Modern Dance’ in 2017.
Luke has worked with and performed the repertoire of an extensive array of choreographers, including Rafael Bonachela, George Balanchine, Gabrielle Nankivell, Melanie Lane, Gideon Obarzanek, Ohad Naharin, Juanjo Arques, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Karine Ponties, Robert Binet, Ihsan Rustem.
Luke joined Sydney Dance Company in 2019 and New Breed 2022 will be his choreographic debut. Instagram: lukas.hayward