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. 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. In 2012, Johnson joined Milwaukee Ballet as an apprentice where he appeared in Michael Pink's La Bohème and SwanLake, as well as James Gregg's Biorhythm, Darrell Grand Moultrie's Simply Sammy and Amy Seiwert’s Requiem. This is his second season with Milwaukee Ballet.