Jonathan trained at Rusden College, Melbourne majoring in dance and drama graduating in 1989. He then worked with the Canberra Dance Theatre, Meryl Tankard Company and One Extra Company in Sydney. In January 1991 Jonathan joined Tasdance as a dancer and teacher. That relationship continued until 1995, and included performances with the company in China, Darwin, Alice Springs and Melbourne. Incorporated in those Tasdance years were the Turning 10, Trespasses, Illuminations and Motion, Mystique and Muscle seasons.
During 1995 Jonathan toured Italy, Norway and Czechoslovakia with the Tuscan based company Associazione Sosta Palmizi as well as performing with the Paige Gordon and Performance Group in Canberra and Sydney as part of the National Festival of Australian Theatre. Before re-joining Tasdance in 1997, Jonathan presented his own work Looking For Flowers in Launceston and Hobart. Jonathan continued dancing with Tasdance until 1999. He created work as part of the Poetry and Dance Festival and for TEASE.