Luke Hawkins has been tap dancing since the age of seven where he began training at his mother's dance studio in Northern California. His first professional job came at 8 years old when he played Young Don Lockwood in California Musical Theatre's production of Singin in the Rain in Sacramento. Since then his feet never stopped moving. Soon after, Luke began training with tap master Jerry Burke and under his mentoring won three national dance competition titles. After two years of training at The Boston Conservatory, Luke moved to New York and has tapped his way into roles in Irving Berlin's White Christmas, City Center Encore's productions of No No Nanette and Gentlemen Prefer Blonds, Xanadu on Broadway and Cirque du Soleil’s Banana Shpeel. Regionally he has played Huck in Big River, Tulsa in Gypsy (Barnstormers Theatre NH), and Turkey in Johnny Guitar (Speakeasy Stage co. Boston). And also returned to CalMT’s Sacramento Music Circus for various roles in 11 different shows. Internationally, he was the lead tap dancer in the European tour of Magic tf the Dance. He is one of the original members of Noah Racey’s New York Song and Dance Ensemble as well as a returning performer of Jared Grimes’ Broadway Underground.
FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU SAY “CAPEZIO”
“I need new tap shoes again already? Better call Capezio.”
FAVORITE CAPEZIO ITEM
K360 tap shoe.
BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE FOR OTHER DANCERS
Practice hard, practice smart, and practice A LOT. Do some serious wood-shedding. That is a musician’s term for practicing or honing one’s skills and it applies perfectly to tap dancing. On the same note, stay in class. Find teachers that inspire you and be dedicated to showing up.
UNUSUAL FACT/LOVE/HABIT/GOAL/ABILITY THAT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW
I am an avid snowboarder and have taken trips to Europe to snowboard the alps. I am a serious dart player and play competitively at least once a week. I am a huge baseball fan and play shortstop in several softball leagues including the Broadway softball league for the Schubert Organization.