Damien Highfield

DANCER

Perspiration

Dancer; danced and trained at BalletMet from 1979-1993; performed with and founding member of JazzMet; earned a BFA in Dance from Butler University with the Emma C. and Elizabeth Ronecker Scholarship, and received the Outstanding Performance Award for Butler Ballet; danced with Atlanta Ballet and Ohio Ballet; teaches and choreographs throughout Northeast Ohio.

Inspiration

My wife and daughters, Scientific Method, Laughing with my friends, Graphic Novels, A good IPA, and a quiet moonlit summer night next to a bonfire.

Biography

Damien came to Ohio from Atlanta Ballet. He began dancing at the age of six in his hometown of Columbus, where he trained at Balletmet for ten years, then became a member of Balletmet/Jazzmet. He then went to Butler University in Indianapolis. Damien has performed as a guest artist with Indianapolis Opera, Columbus Opera, Alexandra Ballet, Fort Wayne Ballet and the Academy of Ballet Arts. Damien has danced the title role in Hamlet, Dracula, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Cinderella, the pas de deux in Alonzo King’s Heaven and Earth, as well as many works by David Shimotakahara and Jeffrey Graham Hughes. He was a featured choreographer for Ohio Ballet’s Roots of Choreography and has also created a full length ballet, The Toymaker.