Biography

Luke Schaufuss was born in Camberley, Surrey and trained at the Royal Danish Ballet. He joined Scottish Ballet as a Soloist in 2016.

Luke Schaufuss is the third generation of a growing Schaufuss dance dynasty. His grandparents were the leading lights Mona Vangsaae and Frank Schaufuss of the Royal Danish Ballet, and he is the son of international ballet stars Zara Deakin and Peter Schaufuss, his sister Tara Schaufuss is a talented dancer with Queensland Ballet in Australia.

Luke grew up in the theatre, and started dancing full time at the age of six, when he joined The Royal Danish Ballet School. As a child, Luke danced the part of Prince William in Diana The Princess and in Charles the Prince, “The boy” in H.C Andersen, “Childhood” in the Michael Jackson production of Michael I’m Bad, as well as in Kermessen in Brugges, Harald, and the Beatles She Loves You.

Luke has also participated in the WestEnd productions of the Rolling Stone’s Satisfaction, the Edith Piaf, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland production of Divas.

At only 16 years of age; Luke created the title role in a new production of the British rock band “The Who’s” legendary production Tommy.

In 2010 he was awarded C.F.B Jacobsen’s award in Copenhagen and in 2011 at The Royal Ballet Summer School in London, the Award for exceptional student.

Luke joined The Royal Danish Ballet at the age of 16, dancing the full repertory with the company including several soloist roles, from the traditional Bournonville classics Napoli, La Sylphide, A Folktale, La Ventana, and Kermessen in Brugges, to the international repertory including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ladyof the Camelias, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, and Etudes, by celebrated choreographers such as John Neumeier, George Balanchine, ChristopherWheeldon, Peter Martins and Harald Lander.

Luke has toured the U.S.A with The Royal Danish Ballet performing in Orange County, San Francisco, Washington D.C and New York as well as performed at the Paris Opera, he guested with the PeterSchaufuss Ballet, in the production of “The Tchaikovsky Trilogy” to celebrate the Olympics at the London Coliseum in 2012.

In 2013 he was chosen to dance the title role in Sir FrederickAshton’s legendary Romeo and Juliet on the national tour of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to great critical acclaim.

Luke was invited to join the renowned Birmingham Royal Ballet in November 2013. Since joining the company he has danced in Sir Peter Wrights Nutcracker and Swan lake, John Cranko’s Card Game, Balanchine’s Slaughter on 10th Avenue and Theme and Variations, Sir Kenneth McMillan’s Elite Syncopations and Romeo & Juliet, David Bintley’s productions of Prince of The Pagodas, Beauty and The Beast, Sylvia and The King Dances, Alexander Whitley’s creation of Kin, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Façade, Les Rendezvous, Dante Sonata and La Fille Mal Gardee.

In August 2014 Luke danced his first James in La Sylphide at the prestigious 6th Bournonville Festival in Biarritz in France.

In January 2015 Luke was selected the rising star of dance for 2015, by the highly respected Observer and Guardian, British
national newspapers in London. Last year he was guest dancing with the Los Angeles Ballet at their world premiere of the Sleeping Beauty as well as guest staring as James in the Olivier Award winning production of La Sylphide with QLD Ballet in Brisbane Australia, and at the Coliseum in London.

He appeared with Darcey Bussell in "Darcey’s Ballet Heroes” for BBC Television program in December 2015.

In May of this year Luke danced the role of Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet for the first time as a guest with Los Angeles Ballet, the role original created by Sir Frederick Ashton for his grandfather Frank Schaufuss at the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen in 1955 and in June he will be dancing La Sylphide at a gala performance with Birgit Kiel’s Company in Karlsruhe Germany.

In his spare time Luke is a model for the famous Established Models London, having just completed a photo feature for Italian Vogue. Luke joined Scottish Ballet as a Soloist on July 4 2016, making his debut with the company at the Edinburgh Festival in
August 2016.

Awards and Acknowledgements

The C.F.B Jacobsen’s award in Copenhagen 2010

The Award for exceptional student The Royal Ballet Summer School London 2011

Selected the rising star of dance, by Observer and Guardian newspapers 2015

Dancing Times cover and dancer of the month August 2015

Vogue Magazine 2016