Originally from Maryland, Jermel Johnson began his dance education by attending at the Baltimore School for the Arts’ after-school program for four years. He continued training with the Baltimore School for the Arts for another three years. He then studied for one year at The School of American Ballet under such choreographers as Peter Martins, Peter Boal, Jock Soto, and Andrei Kramerevsky, and received a scholarship to study at The School of American Ballet’s Summer Program in 2001. As a student, he performed in several productions with the Baltimore School for the Arts and in The Nutcracker with The School of American Ballet.
Mr. Johnson joined Pennsylvania Ballet II in September 2003, was promoted to Apprentice in May 2004, Corps de Ballet in 2007 and to Soloist in 2009. He has performed corps roles with the company in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew, and he danced the featured Pas de Trois in Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake. During the 2007-2008 Season, Mr. Johnson received audience and critical acclaim for his performances at City Center in New York City and in the world premiere of Matthew Neenan's Pampeana No. 2 in Philadelphia.
In October 2008, Mr. Johnson received a prestigious Ballet Fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, which supported his salary for the season and will support his choreographic endeavors in the future.
Mr. Johnson was promoted to Principal Dancer for the 2012-2013 Season.