first family of dance
Ron Jones began his romance with dancing on a small farm in Hawaii where
he had the responsibilities of feeding the chickens, cows, and pigs. When
Ron was 13 the family relocated to Michigan. Ron was enrolled in a magnet
school where dance was offered in place of gym. Ron showed a particular
talent and was soon invited to New York to audition at the School of the
American Ballet, where he was awarded a full scholarship.
Ron was invited to join the Atlanta Ballet as their first paid dancer. There
he met Kathleen Monahan---a beautiful young woman with a dance background who
was moving into the administrative side of dance as the Atlanta Ballet's new
Public Relations Director. A friendship developed and a year later Ron proposed
and the couple was married.
Weary from the Atlanta Ballet's extensive touring schedule Ron accepted a position
with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre as one of three company male soloists. The
following season Ron was offered the position of one of two Principal Male Dancers
with the company. But the newlyweds missed the southern climate and lifestyle
of Georgia and set their sights on Augusta to settle down and begin their family.
Ron and Kathleen opened the Ron Jones School of Ballet when their children were
3, 4 and 5 years old. The school is today the Columbia County Ballet, now in
its 24th year.