Born in Marengo, Illinois, Erik Johnson received his early training at The Judith Svalander School of Ballet. He received additional training from the Sarasota Ballet School in Florida, where he danced with the company in several works, including Coppélia. In 2007, he attended the year-round program at The Rock School for Dance Education on full scholarship. In 2009, he attended the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater Graduate Program, where he danced the role of Waltz Boy in George Balanchine’s Serenade and performed in contemporary works by Kristofer Storey and Victor Plotnikov. In 2010, he joined The Rochester City Ballet, where he has danced the roles of the Magical Doll, Spanish and the Prince in The Nutcracker. He also performed as a Gypsy in Edward Ellison’s Carmen, as a cast member of Daniel Gwartzman’s Encore, and as a Peasant and a Nobleman in Jamey Levertt’s The Blood Countess. Last season, Johnson appeared in Michael Pink's La Bohème and Swan Lake, as well as James Gregg's Biorhythm and Darrell Grand Moultrie's Simply Sammy. This is his second season with Milwaukee Ballet.