Luke Cooper was born in Palmerston North and is a descendant of the Te Arawa tribe. He started dancing at a young age and joined the New Zealand School of Dance Associate programme at the age of 12, entering the full-time programme during 2014-16. Prior to joining the RNZB, Luke performed in the company’s productions of Don Quixote (2015), The Wizard of Oz (2016) and Roland Petit’s Carmen and L’Arlésienne (2017).
Luke joined the RNZB in 2018 after graduating from the New Zealand School of Dance and subsequently being awarded the Todd Scholarship. Along with performances in The Piano: the ballet, triple bill Dancing with Mozart and the premiere of Penny Saunders’ So to Speak and Danielle Rowe’s Remember, Mama in Strength & Grace, a highlight from the 2018 season was Tutus on Tour where Luke performed opposite Sir Jon Trimmer in Loughlan Prior’s The Long and the Short of It. Luke rounded out a successful first season with RNZB dancing the roles of Russian Caviar and Spanish Chocolate in Val Canaparoli’s The Nutcracker.