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Jonathan Roberts realized he wanted to become a ballroom dancer after he watched the popular film, Scent of a Woman. The popular tango scene in the movie compelled Roberts to leave behind what could have been the start of a promising career in basketball. Roberts used the movie ticket to avail of free ballroom dancing lessons, and from there, has gone on to dance professionally in several competitions. In 1997, he and his first partner gained the title USA Rising Star American Ballroom Dancing Champions, but thereafter decided to switch to Latin dancing. He is married to his current partner, Anna Trebunskaya.

Roberts joined the regular dance cast of the ABC reality series Dancing with the Stars in 2004, during which he was paired with supermodel Rachel Hunter . They managed to finish fourth in the competition. For the second season, Roberts was paired with journalist Giselle Fernandez , but they were only able to place eighth. For the fourth season of the show, he competed with human and animal rights advocate, Heather Mills , as his partner, and they finished seventh.

On the fifth season, Roberts was paired with actress, singer and talk show host Marie Osmond . Marie and Jonathan have earned perfect tens from the judges in the quickstep twice, on the seventh performance show and on the ninth performance show. They finished in third place.

On Dancing with the Stars season 6, Roberts is paired with tennis star Monica Seles.