Luke Willis (© David Allen)
Joined in 2007.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Luke Willis trained at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, The Art of Classical Ballet School of Dance, Boston University, and Jacob’s Pillow School of Dance. He danced with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet prior to joining the Company in 2007.
Willis has danced featured roles in Tomasson’s Nutcracker (King of the Mice, Dr. Stahlbaum, Jack-in-the-Box, Arabian, Russian, and Spanish), Romeo & Juliet (Paris), and Swan Lake (Aristrocrats); Tomasson/Possokhov’s Don Quixote (Don Quixote); Caniparoli’s Ibsen’s House (Oswald); Elo’s Double Evil; Forsythe’s in the middle, somewhat elevated; MacMillan’s Winter Dreams; McGregor’s Chroma; Possokhov’s Francesca da Rimini (Guardians of the Inferno) and The Rite of Spring (Elders); and Taylor’s Changes and Company B (“Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!”).
Also in his repertory are Tomasson’s Giselle, The Fifth Season, Prism, Le Quattro Stagioni, and Trio; Balanchine’s Coppélia, “Diamonds,” Scotch Symphony, Stars and Stripes, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Theme and Variations; Cranko’s Onegin; Fokine’s Petrouchka; Forsythe’s Artifact Suite; Liang’s Symphonic Dances; Lifar’s Suite en Blanc; McGregor’s Borderlands; Morris’ Sandpaper Ballet; Neumeier’s The Little Mermaid; Possokhov’s Firebird, Fusion, and RAkU; Ratmansky’s Le Carnaval des Animaux and From Foreign Lands; Robbins’ Glass Pieces; and Wheeldon’s Cinderella, Number Nine, Rush, and Within the Golden Hour.
As a guest artist, Willis danced Balanchine’s Coppélia at the Art of Classical Ballet Gala in Miami, Florida, in 2012; appeared in John T. Williams’ short film American Overture in 2012; and danced Caniparoli’s Suite from Ibsen’s House at the Stars of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Gala in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 2011.