R. Colby Damon was born and raised in Richmond, VA, and received his early dance training with the Richmond Ballet. At age 15 he left home to attend the Virginia School of the Arts, and spent summers training at the Boston Ballet. Upon graduation, he joined the Sacramento Ballet, where for five years he performed soloist and principal roles in numerous classical and contemporary works.
In 2007, Colby relocated to Brooklyn, NY to pursue a career as a freelance artist. While there, he worked with the Mark Morris Dance Group, The Northwest Dance Project, Thang Dao Dance Company, and Avi Scher and Dancers, in addition to projects with John Selya (Joyce Soho), Adam Hendrickson (Carnegie Hall), and Luca Veggetti (Colombia University, Guggenheim Museum). He has also appeared with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet as a Principal Dancer in Alexei Ratmanski’s Aida, as well as in Mark Morris’ Orfeo e Euridice, at which time he was featured in a MET Live in HD broadcast in movie theaters world wide.
Colby most recently has been a member of BalletX in Philadelphia, PA. Since joining in 2008, he appeared in over 15 world premiers. Besides performing, Colby is also a choreographer and a teacher. His choreographic works have been performed by the Sacramento Ballet, and the Charlottesville Ballet, and have appeared in such showcases as the YES! Dance Festival, the Current Sessions, and in Pennsylvania Ballet’s SHUT UP AND DANCE.
He has taught at many institutions in the United States, including the Sacramento Ballet School, Ballet Tech-NYC Public School for Dance, and the BalletX Summer Program, and currently teaches in the Dance eXchange program in Philadelphia Public Schools as well as serving as a company teacher for BalletX.