Author Archives: Jen Jones Donatelli

About Jen Jones Donatelli

Jen Jones Donatelli is a freelance writer based in L.A. She is a regular contributor to Dance Spirit, Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher.

Ballroom Basics

Whatever your specialty as a dancer, there’s no doubt being well-rounded will get you far, and ballroom dance is an … Continue reading

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America’s Sweetheart

Hobnobbing with Ashton and Ellen, being hounded for autographs and photos, cruising the country on a 50-city tour—for an A-lister, … Continue reading

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8 Things You Should Know About Derek Hough

From Brooke Burke to Jennifer Grey, Derek Hough has led some of Hollywood’s hottest leading ladies across the ballroom floor—but … Continue reading

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Scholarship Savvy

When Chelsea Thedinga was 16, she won a scholarship from West Coast Dance Explosion that gave her a passport to … Continue reading

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Leap of Faith: Leaving Your Comfort Zone for Summer Study

As a serious dancer, it’s easy to let your favorite genre become your identity, whether you’re a contemporary queen, tapper, … Continue reading

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The Checklist of Champions: Getting Organized Before Nationals

Imagine that you’re standing in the wings at Nationals, ready to rock your tap number. Just as you’re about to … Continue reading

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