From 1983 through 1985, Ms. Ross was a dancer with The Dallas Ballet, under the directorship of Flemming Flindt. Ms. Ross expanded her roles to include the Peasant Pas de Deux in Flemming Flindt's production of Giselle, the Snow Queen in Flindt's production of The Nutcracker, and principal roles in Flindt's The Three Musketeers, and The Toreador, Swan Lake, Bryan Pitts' The Firebird, George Balanchine's La Sonnambula, and Peter Martins' Delibes Divertissement.
Ms. Ross also appeared as a guest artist as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker with regional ballet companies in the United States and also danced principal roles in the works of emerging choreographers.
After retiring from the stage Ms. Ross earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian from Columbia University in New York City.
During 2000 and 2001 Ms. Ross served as a principal teacher for the Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester, New York and as associate ballet mistress for the Center's company, the Rochester City Ballet, where she worked with dancers such as American Ballet Theatre's Sarah Lane, Houston Ballet's Jim Nowakowski, and Youth Grand Prix winner, Brittany Shinay.
Ms. Ross served for two years as director of the ballet program at the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy in North Dallas and for one year as director of the ballet program at QD Academy in Plano, Texas.
In 2004, Ms. Ross opened the Donna Ross School of Classical Ballet in Frisco, Texas, and in 2007, the School's affiliated company, the Donna Ross Ballet gave its inaugural performance.
Ms. Ross is in demand as a guest teacher and has been on the guest faculty of the Abilene Ballet Theater, the Coleman Academy, the Washington Ballet School, Steps (in New York), Corpus Christi Concert Ballet, the Hathaway Academy of Ballet, the Academy of Texas Ballet Theater, Renato Greco's School of Dance in Rome, Italy, and the School of the Dallas Ballet. Ms. Ross has also been an adjunct lecturer in dance at Brooklyn College in New York.
Ms. Ross' choreography has been featured at the Regional Dance America Southwest Festival at the Barnard College Spring Dance Concert in New York.