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Luke Schaufuss

Principal Dancer

Joined The Sarasota Ballet in 2020 as Principal.

Born: Surrey, England

Training: Royal Danish Ballet

Previous companies: Scottish Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Schaufuss Ballet

Favorite quote:Rather to be, than to seem

Favorite role: It’s challenging to pick a single favorite role, because at the Sarasota Ballet we are lucky to have an incredible and diverse repertoire. A standout for me however would be Albrecht from Sir Peter Wright’s Giselle‘, coached inspiringly by our very own Margaret Barbieri.  The performance and role holds a special place in my heart.

Favorite costume: James in La Sylphide by August Bournonville. Set in the highlands of Scotland, it’s a timeless tale of a young man confused by love, and the dream of the unattainable. Tragically, once he finally acquires his deepest desire, he is betrayed leading to his painful demise.

Fun fact: My mum is my biggest role model. As a child I got several opportunities to perform with her on stage. It’s something I will cherish forever and feel really lucky to have had that experience.

Lead and featured roles include: Ashton’s Dante Sonata, Façade, Les Rendezvous; Balanchine’s Theme and VariationsWestern Symphony; Bintley’s A Comedy of Errors; Bond’s Excursions; Broad’s Frequency Hurtz; Graziano’s En las Calles de MurciaIn a State of Weightlessness, The Pilgrimage, Shostakovich SuiteSonatina; Hart’s John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker;  House’s Living Ghosts; Kobborg’s La Sylphide; MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations; Morris’s The Letter V; Robbins’ Fancy Free; Schaufuss’ La Sylphide pas de deux; Walsh’s I Napoletani; Wright’s GiselleMirror WalkersSummertide.