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 roll of Waltz Boy in Balanchine’s Serenade, and performed in contemporary works by both Kristofer Storey and Victor Plotnikov. In 2010 he joined The Rochester City Ballet where he has danced the rolls 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. This is his first season with Milwaukee Ballet.