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 where he appeared in Michael Pink's La Bohème, Swan Lake, Romeo & Juliet, Don Quixote, Giselle, Cinderella, and the role of Josef in Michael Pink's world premiere of Mirror Mirror. He has also had the privilege of dancing in James Gregg's Biorhythm, Darrell Grand Moultrie's Simply Sammy, Luca Veggetti's Scene/Six, and Amy Seiwert’s Requiem and In Passing (world premiere). This is his fourth season with Milwaukee Ballet.