Damien Johnson is a US born professional ballet dancer. Originally from Dallas, Texas Damien received his early training from Kitty Carter, Etgen-Atkinson School of Ballet and the Booker T. Washington School for the Performing Arts. He then studied on full scholarships at the Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet and The School of American Ballet.
In 2002, Damien joined the American Repertory Ballet followed by the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble in 2003 and New Chamber Ballet in 2004. Damien first joined the UK based Ballet Black company in 2005 before moving to Los Angeles Ballet in 2007. Damien returned to Ballet Black in 2009 where he currently performs as a senior artist.
As the longest serving member of Ballet Black, Damien has been featured in many company works by choreographers including Irek Mukhamedov, Liam Scarlett, Richard Alston and Javier de Frutos. In 2011, Damien created the title role of Orpheus in Will Tuckett‘s production for Ballet Black premiering at the Royal Opera House. In 2012, he created the role of The Lover in Christopher Hampson’s Storyville, recreated in 2016 to premiere at the Barbican. Damien also created the lead roles; The Soldier in Christopher Marney’s War Letters in 2013, Oberon in Arthur Pita’s Ballet Black production of A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2014 and The Ruler in Mark Bruce‘s Second Coming in 2015.
As acting ballet master for Ballet Black Damien teaches regularly for the company and associate programme. Damien also teaches at Matthew Bourne‘s Early Adventures and New Adventures, Rambert School of Ballet and Central School of Ballet.