Why You Should Know Comp King Luke Barrett

Luke Barrett performing his solo "Epilogue" (Evolve Photo & Video, courtesy Meredith Barrett)

Luke Barrett's been a standout on the comp scene for years now, thanks to his crystal-clear technique and soulful improv skills. He's a two-time New York City Dance Alliance National Male Outstanding Dancer (Mini in 2016 and Junior in 2018), 2nd runner-up at The Dance Awards (2017), and Beat Squad member (2018). Luke hasn't let negative comments and bullying at school weaken his passion for dance: "Support from my family and my dance friends has made me stronger in pursuing what I love," he says.


"Work your hardest and persevere through the good and the bad. If something's bringing you down, just move past it."

Fast Facts

Age: 13

Birthday: March 23, 2006

Hometown: Mountain View, CA

Trains at: Dance Attack in Los Gatos, CA

Nickname: Scooby

Favorite dancers of all time: Travis Wall and Lex Ishimoto

Most-played music: "Anything by Billie Eilish"

Three words to describe his dancing: "Powerful, swift, graceful"

Something no one knows about him: "I'm really into architecture, because I love art and math. The designs of giant buildings are so interesting to me."


A version of this story appeared in the April 2019 issue of Dance Spirit with the title "You Should Know: Luke Barrett."

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(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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Photo by Erin Baiano

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When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?

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