Mr. Tischler was born in Philadelphia, PA, and began his dance training at Philly’s Metropolitan Ballet Academy. At age 12, he joined The School of Pennsylvania Ballet and performed roles in Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and Christopher Wheeldon’s Carnival of the Animals with the main company. At age 16, he moved back to Manhattan, New York, to join Ballet Academy East. At BAE, he worked with teachers such as Wendy Whelan, Maxim Beloserkovsky, and Darla Hoover. Mr. Tischler performed the principal male role in George Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations and danced many other works by Alan Hineline, Claudia Schreier and Jenna Lavin. At age 18, Mr.Tischler moved to Chicago to join Joffrey Ballet Chicago as a trainee. Lucas then joined Oklahoma City Ballet as a studio company member for their 2018-2019 season, and has been promoted to apprentice for the 2019-2020 season.