Journy Wilkes- Davis was born in Fort Hood, Texas. He began his training at the age of fourteen under Shannon Greenberg and Dagoberto Nieves in Savannah, Georgia and later joined the Signature Dance Ensemble in Rocky Mount, North Carolina to continue his training under Cindy Mancini and Joseph Carow. In 2010, Journy moved to the Columbia City Ballet under the direction of William Starrett where he was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2012. While in Columbia, SC, Journy has danced roles in Mark Diamond’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Balanchine’s Serenade, Donizetti Variations, Walpurgisnacht Ballet, Scotch Symphony, Allegro Brilliante, Western Symphony, Emeralds, Stars and Stripes Forever, Lila York’s Celts, Lynn Taylor Corbett’s Great Galloping Gottschalk, Rick McCullough’s Tryptych and Rite of Spring, as well as classics such as Majisimo, Satanella, Albrecht in Giselle, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Snow King, Arabian and a Sugarplum Cavalier in Nutcracker. In 2014, Journy became the Artist in Residence with Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet as well as a guest artist with the Hilton Head Dance Theatre, Coastal Ballet USA, Greensboro Ballet, USC Dance Company and Montgomery Ballet. Journy also co- directed, choreographed, and danced in the H.E.R.O. Dance Benefit to bring professional dancers together for an evening of dance to support our nation’s military. Last year he was invited to dance with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet for their 2016 season at the John F. Kennedy Center where the company performed the rarely seen Gounod Symphony. This is his first season as a member of the company at American Repertory Ballet.