Ballet, with its captivating grace and elegance, often conceals the arduous journey dancers undertake. Enter Abbi Johnson, a remarkable ballet dancer hailing from London, UK. From a young age, Abbi’s talent and dedication propelled her to win numerous national ballet awards as an aspiring junior dancer. As says, she honed her skills in esteemed and fiercely competitive youth ballet companies, including the UK’s National Youth Ballet and London Children’s Ballet. At 16, she received a prestigious scholarship for the renowned Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, marking a pivotal moment in her pursuit of a professional ballet career. Graduating in May 2022, Abbi commenced an apprenticeship at Ajkun Ballet Theatre, where her exceptional talent has now elevated her to the esteemed role of Company Artist.

Being a ballerina has many challenges, as it can be physically and mentally exhausting. On top of that, ballerinas need to look perfect on stage. Abbi Johnson shares her professional tips on how to keep great looks and well-being.


A full-time ballerina often experiences injury, fainting, and muscle soreness due to physical stress. Fueling with nutrient-rich foods is the best way to combat the effects on physical health. Dancers need more food intake than average, but the food choices matter too. Bypass the fatty, fried foods and instead go for unrefined food choices. Avoid foods that don’t provide nutrients for your body. Instead of strict diets, go for a simple, sustainable regimen for your lifestyle. Abbi shares that her secret trick for maintaining healthy habits is always having healthy food readily available in your home or bag.


Injuries are one of the drawbacks of being a ballerina. A physical therapist helped Abbi achieve the desired results through weekly sessions. Also, she attends pilates sessions for core strength and flexibility. Even if you aren’t a dancer, maintaining your physical health with regular practice is a great choice. Maintaining excellent physical health helps you in your career and life in the future. Avoid extremes that cause body trauma, such as sitting all day but instead take time to stretch the body and for self-care.


With every award and accolade, her confidence grew significantly. It was the moment when Abbi got accepted to the renowned Joffrey Ballet School in New York when she realized she was responsible for her own story. Starting a new life alone in a big city wasn’t easy for a 16-year-old student. Therefore, Abbi realized that focusing on her journey is the road to success. Even though her family was far away, she managed to challenge her life for the better. The perceived success of peers doesn’t have to be a benchmark for your success. These things can distract and defocus you on your journey.

The senior year at the Joffrey Ballet School was hectic for Abbi. She participated in many auditions held by ballet companies. She aimed to get enough audition experience to help her land her dream job. She confirms this step is essential for any career. In addition, developing creativity and thinking independently is vital if you wish to become an artist.

Abbi performs in “Sleeping Beauty,” produced by Ajkun. This is her dream soloist role, playing the Crystal Fountain Fairy. The fairy gives the gift of purity and honesty, sincerity, and integrity to baby Aurora from Sleeping Beauty. This role is the most memorable in ballet but also challenging for the dancer. The tickets are available at