Jonathan Roberts began his dance career at the age of 20. Before he discovered the world of dance, his high school background was athletics — particularly basketball. But Jonathan (along with his family and friends) were shocked when he discovered his passion for ballroom dancing after viewing the famous tango scene in the Al Pacino movie, “Scent of a Woman.” He took advantage of the free ballroom lessons offered on the back of his ticket stub, and the rest, as they say, “is history.”
With his first partner, Jonathan won the 1997 USA Rising Star American Ballroom before deciding to focus on the Latin style. He also competed in Pro-Am (the Professional/Amateur circuit), where he trained and competed with student Pamela Butler. As a pair, they are two-time undefeated USA Pro-Am 10 dance champions, three-time undefeated USA Pro-Am Latin champions and two-time USA Pro-Am American Ballroom champion.
Jonathan and wife Anna competed in professional ballroom dancing competitions from 2001-2006. While they only danced together for a short time, Jonathan and Anna achieved many high placements in competitions around the world. They ranked 6th in the U.S. and 24th in the world. Jonathan retired from professional ballroom dancing in 2006, but became a U.S. and World professional American Smooth Champion in 2008 with Valentina Kostenko.
Dancing with the Stars
He competed in seasons 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 of the U.S. version of Dancing with the Stars. In Season 1, he danced with celebrity Rachel Hunter. They were the third couple to be eliminated coming in 4th place. In Season 2, he danced with celebrity Giselle Fernández. They were also eliminated in the third week and came in 8th place. In Season 4, he danced with Heather Mills. They were voted off in the sixth week of the competition and came in 7th place. Roberts returned for the fifth season and was partnered with entertainer Marie Osmond. They achieved 3rd place, being eliminated during the final show of the season. Season five was Roberts’ most successful season so far.
His partner for Season 6 was Monica Seles. They scored 15 for the Foxtrot and 15 for the Mambo. This is the lowest judge’s score of the season as of March 25, 2008. Roberts and Seles were one of the first two couples eliminated from the competition. His wife Anna Trebunskaya was sick during her week 3 practice, and a video of Jonathan dancing and teaching her partner, Steve Guttenberg was shown. After this, for the encore performance, he and Guttenberg were asked to do the entire routine.
Jonathan returned for Season 8, and was partnered with pop singer Belinda Carlisle but they became the first couple eliminated, making this the second time that he was eliminated in the first Results Show. Despite being eliminated first, he & Belinda held a higher average than a few celebrities who lasted longer than them.
Jonathan also returned for Season 9 of Dancing with the Stars and was paired with Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray. The couple were the second pair to be voted off in the season’s first results show, making this the third time in a row Roberts was voted off after the first week, and making Jonathan the professional dancer on the show voted off first the most times (three times).