Donyelle Jones was born on July 3, 1979 in Los Angeles, California. Previously, she was a dancer for Black Eyed Peas and Missy Elliot videos. She also appeared in the movie "Be Cool" and had an interview on The Tyra Banks Show. In addition, she won at the television show Dance 360. At present, she works as a jazz and hip hop dancer, choreographer and teacher.
Donyelle was a top 4 finalist on Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance, despite being the oldest contestant and not fitting the stereotypical dancer's "body image". Despite her weight and a broken toe during the competition, she received high marks from the judges and finished as 2nd runner-up to partner Benji Schwimmer