Jonathan and Melissa have been dancing together since 1994, while Jonathan was
working for the Arthur Murray dance studio in Sherman Oaks, CA.
Unable to find a partner in the ballroom world, Jonathan placed an
ad in the dance department at the local community college. Melissa
answered the ad, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Before meeting Jonathan, Melissa was strictly a ballet-trained dancer. She
began dancing at the age of four, and continued through college,
though only recreationally. It wasn't until she took up ballroom
that she decided to pursue dancing as a professional career.
Jonathan didn't begin dancing until the age of 20. Up until that point, he
was studying jazz piano and composition with the Grove School of
Music. After taking a few lessons with an Arthur Murray studio, he
was immediately offered a position as a teacher, and took it. He
eventually graduated music school and took up dancing full time.
In 1995, Jonathan and Melissa began training rigorously for competition in
the American Ballroom style, under the guidance of U.S. champions
David Hamilton, Olga Foropanova, Victor Veyrasset and Heather Smith.
They eventually began pursuing International Style Ballroom as well,
and have been competing and performing both styles ever since.
In addition to their smooth ballroom training, Melissa and Jonathan both have
extensive experience in both American Rhythm and International
Latin, as well as Salsa and West Coast Swing. Jonathan and Melissa
are both certified through Licenciate level of International style Ballroom with the
ISTD. They plan to continue their certification through Member and Fellow
in both International Standard and Latin, as well as through Gold in
In 1997 Jonathan registered the domain name Ballroomdancers.com, to help
promote his American style syllabus by sharing it with the public.
Since then, the website has evolved into something entirely
different. He and Melissa now hope that it will become the
internet's premier source of ballroom dance-related information, and
will continue to pursue this goal for years to come. They hope to
eventually retire from teaching and dedicate themselves to the
website full time.
Jonathan & Melissa Atkinson
10647 Ashby Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064
tel: (310) 838-8180
fax: (310) 838-8380
Email (Jonathan): CLICK HERE
Email (Melissa): CLICK HERE
Facebook (Jonathan): http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.atkinson.56
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