Athletes who become dancers aren’t all that rare, but golf is the latter endeavor for Boone Grove's Abbey Lukas.
Lukas plays the No. 1 position for the Wolves. She also qualified for regional last season.
But, she has been dancing since she was 4 years old, and she didn’t really take up golf until she was a freshman.
She dances jazz and modern as well, but her main focus is ballet. Lukas dances for the Indiana Ballet Theatre in Merrillville. She has performed in IBT’s production of “The Nutcracker” for the last seven years, and she is preparing for tryouts for this year’s show, which will happen in early September.
“I’m very excited for tryouts,” she said. “I would like to repeat in some roles and have a more featured role as well.”
Wolves coach Bob Lukas realizes that his daughter's focus may be split.
“She’s looking forward to her senior (golf) season after a promising summer,” he said.
“She got pretty good pretty quickly. With some girls, you can tell they learned to play golf after having started out playing softball. You can see it in their swings. Abbey uses her legs well. She has a very good sense of balance and rhythm. I have to believe it came from the dancing.
“Truth be told, her first love is ballet. September is as much about Nutcracker tryouts as the state tournament.”
Abbey said the dancing improves her core, leg muscles and flexibility, which helps her golf game. She has also found areas where golf helps out her dancing.
“I think the mental toughness in golf of having to shake something off really helps dance when you are on stage and you mess something up," she said. "You just have to remember to keep going. They really help each other out."
Her father sees how the two activities are somewhat alike, especially when it comes to experiencing highs and lows.
“Dance is so competitive for the roles,” he said. “I have been there when she was a little upset or excited because she got a role she really wanted. In golf, the ups and downs are very similar.”
Lukas has to work hard to balance both activities along with school. She said it keeps her busy and that it works out well that golf season and ballet practice don’t overlap much. Though there are still times where she has to decide between the two.
“I try to balance it out,” said Lukas, who would like to continue doing both in college. “If I have a golf match, I am going to miss dance class, and if I have golf practice versus a big dance practice or tryout, I’m going to miss golf practice. It’s basically balancing out and communicating with coaches and teachers.”