Journy Wilkes Davis


Journy Wilkes Davis began his training at age fourteen with Shannon Kelly and Dagoberto Nieves. He began his professional career with Columbia Classical Ballet and later joined Columbia City Ballet where he was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2012. During this time, Journy danced leading roles such as Albrecht in Giselle and Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty in addition to leading roles in numerous George Balanchine repertoires such as SerenadeWalpurgisnacht BalletAllegro BrillianteStars and Stripes, and Emeralds, as well as Paul Taylor’s Company B and Lynn Taylor Corbett’s Great Galloping Gottschalk. In 2016, Journy was awarded the South Carolina Arts Commission Individual Fellowship for Dance recognizing outstanding artistry. Journy was then invited to perform at the Kennedy Center with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet where he performed Balanchine’s rarely seen Gounod Symphony.  In 2017, he joined American Repertory Ballet where he was featured in principal roles including Gerald Arpino’s Sea Shadow and Kirk Peterson’s Beauty and the Beast. Journy joined Alabama Ballet in 2020, where he has performed some of his career favorite roles such as Romeo in Roger VanFleteren’s Romeo and Juliet, Espada in Don Quixote, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Franz in Coppelia, First Movement Principle in Balanchine’s Western Symphony, and Cavalier in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Journy is married to fellow dancer Bryn Warren Davis.

Sponsored by: Dr. James A. Wallace