Born in Athens, he studied in Paris with Igor Foska, Boris Kniaseff and Raymond Franchetti. He also studied philosophy at the University in Aix-en-Provence. Between 1972 and 1980 he danced at the Théâtre du Silence, the Zurich Opera and the Ballet National de Marseille where he became, in 1980, Assistant to Roland Petit. After a period at the Metropolitan Opera of New York, he joined the Lyon Opera Ballet, first as Ballet Master (1985) before becoming Co-Director (1988) and finally Artistic Director in 1991. Yorgos Loukos was the curator of France Moves, the French dance festival in New York in May 2001, and led a similar event in London in Autumn 2005. He also directed the Festival of Dance in Cannes (1992-2009), and has been the director of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival since 2006.