Known for his dynamic style, technical knowledge, and occasionally over-the-top humor, Jonathan has danced, taught, competed and performed since 1999. He is founder of the performance group Savage Rhythm. As an instructor and DJ, Jonathan has traveled throughout North America and Europe spreading the gospel of classic jazz dance, music and history. He has performed in New York City, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and throughout the southwest. Jonathan’s passion for dance lies in roots vernacular jazz and swing styles.
Through his experience as a student of the sciences of anatomy and kinesiology, Jonathan brings the unique perspective and knowledge of body mechanics and movement to teaching and the dance. Jonathan’s obsession with jazz and swing started at the very young age of 8 years old through surprise exposure to Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. The awe and wonder at the music and movement of jazz greats continued until meeting friend and mentor Frankie Manning in 1999 when childhood dreams of jazz dancing became a reality. He has since gone on to study, work, and collaborate with many classic and contemporary masters. A student of medicine, philosophy, and wine, when not dancing Jonathan can most often be found out enjoying a walk with his pup.