Donna is originally from St. Louis, where she studied at her mother's studio, Patzius Performing Arts, and later at Webster University. She has danced principal roles with Ballet West in Salt Lake City UT, Atlanta Ballet, and BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. Donna was also a trainee with Milwaukee Ballet. Her signature role was Odette/Odile in Swan Lake.
Since returning home to St. Louis, Donna has been the Artistic Director of Midwest Ballet Theatre, where she teaches company class and privately coaches the advanced students. She has also choreographed dozens of ballets specifically for the company. In 2012, Donna joined Webster University as an adjunct ballet instructor. Donna also teaches company ballet classes for The Big Muddy Dance Company. Donna is certified in ballet and jazz from the Dance Masters of America, and St. Louis Dance Teachers Association Ch. 21.