Hailing from Dallas Texas, Shea Johnson began his ballet training at the age of nine with a small dance school in Mesquite, Texas. At the age of fourteen, Shea became more serious about his training and began attending the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet school under full scholarship.
In 2005, at the age of seventeen, he began his professional career by joining the Metropolitan Classical Ballet under the direction of Paul Mejia and Alexander Vetrov, where he eventually earned the title of principal dancer until the company’s tragic folding in 2008. During this time Mr. Johnson also competed in the Youth American Grand Prix, the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, and the World Ballet Competition. Some of Shea’s favorite roles with the Metropolitan Classical Ballet included the title roles in Lavrovsky’s Theme on Paganini and Yury Grigorovich’s Spartacus.
In the fall of 2008, Mr Johnson was hired as a principal dancer with Ballet Arizona by director Ib Andersen, where he performed the leading roles in Swan Lake, Don Quixote, George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations and Balanchine’s Violin Concerto, to name a few. He was also hailed by the New York Times for his interpretation of Phlegmatic in Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments.
Shea left Ballet Arizona in the spring of 2013 and worked with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet in the fall of 2013. In the summer of 2014, Shea headed to Europe to join the Halle Staatstheater in Halle, Germany for the 2014-2015 season under the direction of Herr Ralf Rossa. After returning to the United States in 2015, Shea cultivated his freelance career, working as a principal guest artist with small companies such as Madison Ballet and Avant Chamber Ballet.
Mr. Johnson joined Indianapolis Ballet full time in 2018 and is excited to begin his third season with the company.