began her ballet training in her hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas under Larry and Bettye Roquemore and later with Christina Munro. She holds a BFA in Ballet from Texas Christian University where she was a Nordan Fine Arts Scholarship recipient. She also spent summers as a student at Summer Dance Intensives with Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet (on scholarship), and NYU. She danced professionally with the Dayton Ballet under the direction of James Clouser and enjoyed performing lead roles in Pas de Quatre, Swan Lake, and Clouser’s Carmina Burana and Surprise Symphony. After moving to Baton Rouge in 1996, she joined BRBT and proved herself a proficient dancer in both the classical and contemporary styles of dance. She has performed various works by Molly Buchmann, Susan Perlis, and Edgar Anido. She has danced the roles of Spanish and Azalea Fairy in BRBT’s Nutcracker, and the Sylph Queen in Winthrop Corey’s Snow White. A teacher at the Dancers’ Workshop, Jonna was awarded a scholarship to attend the Regional Dance America Craft of Choreography Conference as an Emerging Choreographer for her piece “Butterflies.” Since then, she has choreographed works for BRBT that include Obrigado Brasil, Solstice, and Red Hill. Jonna has also found a niche in the musical theatre world choreographing for Baton Rouge’s Christian Youth Theatre (CYT). She was the choreographer for CYT’s The Legend of Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Mary Poppins, and was both director and choreographer for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.