Luke Cooper was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand and is a descendant of the Te Arawa tribe. He started dancing at a young age and joined the New Zealand School of Dance Outreach Associate program at the age of 12.
Luke graduated from the NZSD in 2016 where he danced roles including second movement lead duo from Kenneth Macmillan’s Concerto and the final duet from Jiri Bubenicek’s Dance Gallantries.
Luke performed in the Royal New Zealand Ballet productions of Don Quixote in 2015, The Wizard of Oz by Francesco Ventriglia in 2016 and Roland Petit’s Carmen and L’Arlésienne 2017.
He was the Royal New Zealand Ballet 2018 Todd Scholar. A highlight from the 2018 season was performing as Russian Caviar in The Nutcracker choreographed by Val Caniparoli.