If you attend special dancesport events, you will invariably see professional ballroom dancers. That’s what happened when I attended the California Open in Costa Mesa, California on February 14, Sunday, Valentine’s Day and the last day of the competition. Mr. Jonathan Roberts, of Dancing With The Stars fame, was a judge at this event and Fordney Foundation was lucky to catch up with him to ask him a few questions in-between judging. I hope you all will enjoy finding out about this very handsome, professional ballroom dancer!
Freddie Brock: Jonathan, please tell our readers where you are originally from?
Jonathan Roberts: I’m from Santa Rosa, California.
FB: How did you first become interested in dance?
JR: I went to the movies as a young man, and saw “Scent Of A Woman.” That is a pretty famous movie starring Al Pacino. After the movie, I walked by a poster on a building, the poster was advertising a studio offering free dance lessons, and I thought, “that sounds kind of fun. So I went, got into it and never turned back.”
FB: Give us a little background on how your career started?
JR: I started competing about 1995. Here are some of the competitions I was in:
2008 – World Professional Smooth Champion with Valentina Kostenko
2008 – US National Professional Smooth Champion with Valentina Kostenko
2004 – US National Professional Rising Star Latin Champion with Anna Trebunskaya
2003 – Blackpool Professional Rising Star Latin Vice Champion with Anna Trebunskaya
1997 – US National Professional Rising Star Champion with Roberta Sun
USA pro-am 10 dance champion
USA pro-am Latin champion
USA pro-am American Ballroom champion
FB: Wow, that is very impressive. I know you were on DWTS, how many seasons were you on that show?
JR: I was on DWTS for 7 seasons. It was great, I got to meet and dance with a lot of great people and of course, my then wife, at the time, Anna Trebunskaya, also appeared on the show.
FB: Are there any dance organizations or events you work with?
JR: Yes I do. I’m involved with Hollywood Dancesport. This takes place in Hollywood, California and it is a dance competition showcasing all styles of dancesport. Scholarships are given out, there are surprise star appearances and rising star showcases. The next event takes place October 26 – 30, 2016 at the Universal Hilton.
FB: Jonathan you are obviously a talented and successful person who has accomplished a lot in the dance world, do you have any words of advice for our young dancers who wish to compete in competitions?
JR: Practice and treat your dancing as you would any other sport. You can have fun too, but work hard.
FB: Is there anything else you would like to say that we didn’t ask you?
JR: Just that it’s great to see all of these young kids dancing ballroom these days! Ballroom dancing is a great way to acquire skills in communication, performance and develop great posture and agility.
Unfortunately, Jonathan had to go back to judging but we sure enjoyed getting to speak to him. Thank you so much Jonathan!
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