25 THINGS! {BY SAYEH} 19 Feb 2014

Jonathan Cedrone

When Lauren reached out to me to ask that I do my next 25 Things profile on Jonathan, she told me how fun and great he was, and how she was eager for Lithers to get to know him better. Now, I have yet had the pleasure of meeting him in person, but if text messages and emails are any indication of someone's personality (and I think they totally are, as I am not of the school that one cannot communicate tone with the written word because...well that's crazy), then Jonathan and I need to become friends. He was so friendly and flexible and just seemed...NICE. And I really LOVE nice. I feel like it might be one of the best things a human can be. So simple, yet kinda rare...especially among strangers. Suffice it to say, I'm not surprised at all to find out what his favorite color is or at many of his other 25 things. Jonathan, the next time you and Krissy engage in #24, invite me! I'm not a trained dancer, but I WILL get down with the get down. Sounds so fun!

  1. My full name is Jonathan Cedrone - My parents never gave me a middle name. :(
  2. My birthday is October 3rd, and I’m the textbook definition of a Libra.
  3. My favorite color is yellow! :D Pretty indicative of my overall personality…
  4. When I'm not spending my time smiling at you lovely Lithers from behind the front desk, I'm a full-time undergraduate at Drexel University. I am currently studying International Area Studies, with a concentration in International Business and Economics.
  5. I’m 100% Italian and proud of my heritage! My Dad was actually born in a small town outside of Rome and came here at 9 years old, but my Mom’s family immigrated to the US about 4 generations ago. To put things into perspective, when my Mom’s family came to PA, they owned a farm in what is now West Philly! Times have definitely changed…
  6. My Dad’s name is Massimo and my Mom’s maiden name is Quagliariello (pronounced kwah-ya-ree-ello). Basically, with cousins who have names like Fabrizio and Paola, I’m still bitter I didn’t get an awesome Italian name.
  7. I am the younger of 2 boys. My brother, Julian (also without a middle or awesome Italian name), is 25 years old and currently stationed in Portsmouth, VA with the US Coast Guard. We get along extremely well, although we couldn’t be more different. He has thin blond hair, fair skin, blue eyes, and enjoys cars, sports, and women. Ha!
  8. Oddly enough, the majority of my family is left-handed, including my grandmother, aunt, uncle, both little cousins, and myself.
  9. My favorite family member is definitely my 2-year-old puppy, Dino Spumoni! He’s a Morkie (Maltese/Yorkshire Terrier mix) with more personality than his size could possibly contain. He might be a bigger diva than me...but that’s debatable.
  10. I definitely pride myself on my sense of fashion, and often feel out of place if not properly dressed. However, my favorite feature about myself is definitely my hair! If male pattern baldness takes hold I don’t even know what I’ll do.
  11. For all of you doctors, nurses, etc., when I was born I had a rare heart complication called “coarctation of the aortic valve”. That basically means that my aorta, the major artery coming from the heart, is narrower than it should be, which forces my heart to work harder to pump blood through the smaller opening. I was one of the first cases to receive a surgery called “subclavian flap aortoplasty” at the University of Penn, where a flap is used to expand the narrow section of the aorta. My parents were told I wouldn’t be able to do much strenuous physical activity to avoid over-exerting my heart.
  12. Due to my heart condition and inability to play sports, I devoted a lot of my childhood to the performing arts. I started piano lessons at 7 years old and was a member of the Philadelphia Boys Choir!
  13. But, dance is most certainly my passion. I started with ballet in middle school, and soon after, began taking jazz, tap, contemporary, and a bit of hip hop (EXTRA stress on “bit”). I did the whole “Dance Moms” competition scene throughout high school, and now I am currently on scholarship at Drexel as a member of the Drexel Dance Ensemble, where we perform mostly modern repertoire. Ask me if you’re interested in seeing a performance sometime!
  14. In addition to dance, I have a ton of experience in theater. I performed in every one of the musicals in high school and have participated in a summer theater camp called Summerstage at Upper Darby High School every year since 6th grade (this is the same camp that Tina Fey came from!). Of all the roles I’ve played, my favorites were Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast, Jojo in Seussical the Musical, and Chino in West Side Story! But my dream is to one day perform as Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats. With that said, I’m a total theater geek.
  15. Although my heart condition kept me away from sports, I am honestly not upset about it. I actually really do not enjoy them in any shape or form (minus figure skating?). Ask any of my friends, my signature phrase in this respect is to yell, “Go, Sports!” whenever there’s anything athletic on the television.
  16. To date, I have been to 16 foreign countries, including Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Panama, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland.
  17. Of all the places I have been, my favorite is definitely France. Specifically, it would be an even toss up between Paris and Marseilles. For this reason, I started taking French classes in high school, and have continued through college. I am almost fluent, I just need more practice speaking it all of the time!
  18. In addition to the tons of show tunes you can find on my iPhone, I enjoy a lot of different music styles. Some of my favorite artists are Ingrid Michaelson, Whitney Houston, Olafur Arnalds, and Ellie Goulding. But in all honesty, I’m actually obsessed with Sara Bareilles. I own every album she’s ever released, sat in the front row of every concert she’s had in Philadelphia, and have cried through all of them.
  19. Although I don’t have much time to watch tv, my favorite shows include: RuPaul’s Drag Race, the Real Housewives of Miami, Will & Grace, Project Runway, American Horror Story, and anything HGTV.
  20. Most of you may know my bearded, baby blue-eyed boyfriend, Fran Gress. He’s the reason I’m here at Lithe. Check out his 25 things on the blog! (I’m featured in his #23 and #24!)
  21. Fran is actually an amazing cook, so my favorite thing in the world is just spending the night in and making dinner with him! Fran usually cooks and I’ll bake - my French macaron is deadly.
  22. I have over 2 years of experience in the residential leasing market, and hope to build a career in commercial real estate and international relocations! Maybe you’ll see me on House Hunters International in the future. :P
  23. I might actually be addicted to Burt’s Bees. But like, only the original peppermint. The pomegranate stuff is for newbies.
  24. Here’s a little secret I’ll let you know about me at work: When you all leave and I’m here cleaning up at the end of the night, I usually crank up the tunes, sing at the top of my lungs, and practice my jumps/turns/sass in the studio. (This usually occurs with my main girl, Kristin.)
  25. I actually started working at Lithe before taking my first class! But I’m now hooked, and have taken classes with many of you ladies. Yes, men can do this stuff too! If all goes as planned, I should be working with Lauren on becoming the first male Lithe-structor this summer! Clearly my heart condition is no longer an issue. :)


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Omg I love this so much. Esp #24 and #25! What a lovely, smiling face to have in the studio!!

What a great 25 Things! You don't know me since I only go to the ML studio, but I actually knew your brother in high school (I'm a Prendie girl). I wondered at your last name, and then you mentioned Julian. Would love to see you teaching one day!

I see a new Lithe class in the making ala 24 and 25!

I would like to get down! Looking forward to a male teacher! Please ensure we use a lot of kick-cross-step!

I cannot wait to take your classes!!PS love the pics xo

I too am a ML girl that has never had the chance to meet you. Your enthusiasm comes through your words and i think you will make a great instructor. And you should see what dance moves happen in my kitchen when i'm cooking. Either brilliant or disturbing. :) Good luck and cheers to you.

Do you ever get sick of Mean Girl references on your birthday, Jonathan??

"On October 3rd he asked me what day it was... 'It’s October 3rd.'"

OMG Jonathan!! I had no idea you Lithed! I hope I get to see you soon...and you being an instructor would be amazing! Tell your family I said hello (and your mom that I'm probably overdue for a dentist appointment >_<)

I heart you! I thank Fran (#20) almost everyday for sending you our way, I've witnessed #24 and can't wait for #25! Thanks for sharing!

OH WOW!!! you are a very interesting guy, welcome to Lithe and hope you enjoy it as much as we do, I haven't had the pleasure of meeting you either and look forward to it!

After being in class with you the other day, I started wondering if we might see you teaching soon! Glad to hear it's in the works :) Also, I'm going to have to start hanging around even longer after my evening classes so I can catch a glimpse of the now-infamous #24!

Another summer stage alum here! I remember hearing about you in the context of "that amazing dancer" but I think we may have been a few years apart of being in any shows together. How cool that you work at lithe!

oh my gosh. Jonathan this made my day reading this. You are such a fabulous person and I love coming into the Rittenhouse studio to see your bright and shining smile! You are such an asset to the lithe team and will make a ROCKIN' instructor soon!

Does Dino have a middle name? That's it, I'm sticking around after class one night to shake it with you two! :) Love you guys! Thanks for always being so sunny, even first thing in the morning. -Kelly Wong

Jonathan, I'm going to sneak in one of these days to behold you and kristin doing #24:). So awesome to learn more about you here - and these are amazing photos. Can't wait to start taking classes with you, as well as taught by you! We'll talk traveling and American horror story (in French) next time.

Ps. Fran, miss seeing you around at lithe!

What a great post! Jonathan, you are so sweet and I love seeing you around the studio every day. You will make an amazing instructor! Thanks for bringing your charm and sunny personality to take care of us every day!

Jonathan!! Wow, I have no idea how you accomplish all this and still come in bright and early - with great hair, style and spirit, of course - to brighten up our mornings! Loved learning more about you and can't wait to take a class with you someday :)

Ah ha! Now I understand why you never needed my help after the 8:15pm class on Thursday...you wanted to rock out (#24)! I would have totally joined you, by the way...

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