Donnie is a stunt technician/choreographer for Spirit FX and most recently joined FCA Gems in Pittsburgh PA. He is safety certified levels 1-5 and green lighted through the USASF. His style has helped multiple programs to the next level receiving bids to D2 summit, Summit, and Worlds as well as receiving numerous choreography awards across the country including NCA All Star Nationals. As a coach he has lead teams to win NCA, Cheersport, Summit, and multiple top 10 finishes at Worlds.
Donnie has now been coaching in the industry for 20 years and choreographing for 16. His passion for the sport and kids is what drives him to constantly learn, adapt, and create the most current trends in the industry. Donnie believes that each section of the routine should be able to stand on its own and be memorable! To make that happen each section must fit the specific team’s strengths, hide their weaknesses, and combined with choreography that is visually stimulating.
Donnie’s choreography is considered to be innovative and “outside the box”. In each routine he strives to do something he has never done before wether it’s a new stunt, trick or lift. You will never see a “cookie cutter” or “basic” routine regardless of the the level. Donnie is the choreographer you want to match your teams personalities, energy, and goals with their routine all while pushing the athletes to the next level.
Below are a list of recent testimonials received from those working with Donnie:
“Donnie was so patient. He’s very thorough and I love that he pushes the bar!!! 12 hours today was a blast! He pushes the girls to do better. We absolutely couldn’t have asked for a better, more dedicated instructor in Donnie! He honestly was the perfect mix of skill, fun and intensity! His knowledge of the score sheet, rules and safety was incredible! We will absolutely be requesting Donnie in the future! I couldn’t be more pleased with the service, knowledge and passion Donnie shared. He made this intensive one day camp at our gym so memoriable and made sure to breakdown every aspect of the routines and explain the process as we went along to the athletes and the coaches. As a 17 year veteran coach, I learned so much today with him! THANK YOU SPIRIT FX!”
– Staff, Encore Elite Allstars
“We loved the instructors! They were very patient even with our youngest athletes. They broke things down in a way that the kids could understand, and were not afraid to go in a different direction if things were not going as planned. Loved all of the techniques and progressions that the instructors took each of the teams through. We were able to cover several elite elements and level appropriate elements.”
- Candace, Marlboro Competitive Cheer
“Loved everything, disliked nothing. Our instructors were humble, knowledgeable, friendly and hardworking. Our routines are better than they have ever been. I cant wait to put them on the mat.”
- Dan Cotton, Oregon Dream Team
“Donnie was great with the athletes and really made sure the vision we were looking for was being captured. The dances and transitions were innovative and had great movement.”
- Powersports Cheer