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Meet Bloomfield Avenue's Dancing Donna [Video]

Ever wondered what Caldwell's dancing queen is listening to? We asked her about her favorite tunes and more.

Anyone who frequently travels along Bloomfield Avenue through the Caldwells knows the fortyish woman with dark curly hair, glasses and headphones who sits on a brick wall and grooves to her favorite tunes.

She’s earned many nicknames over the years, from Dancing Donna and Rockin’ Rosie to Rockin’ Rhonda and iPod girl. But her real name is Donna Lee.

Now there’s a three-minute video on YouTube of the local celebrity whose infectious smile can be seen almost daily during her one-woman dance parties at the corner of Bloomfield and Westover avenues.

Born Donna Sponzilli, she has lived in Caldwell her entire life. She attended Trinity Academy and later James Caldwell High School, graduating in 1990.

Lee has been married for 19 years to her husband, Bob, who produced the video of the Caldwell fixture.

“I love when people come up to me and say hi and take my picture,” she said. “I started doing this to make people smile." 

Lee said her favorite moment was “when a bus stopped in front of my wall and asked me what I listen to.”

The answer? Hinder, Nickelback and Pink are among her favorites, and she "loves" Bon Jovi.

“I was around when they had legwarmers and hair bands,” said the self-proclaimed "80s girl."

Her other pass-times include riding motorcycles and watching tattoo shows. She has two bikes and 11 tats, but no kids, she said. She’s also a sports fans and follows the N.Y. Giants and the Yankees.

Now Lee's corner spot could be in jeopardy. The building where she's been hanging out daily for five years with the exception of the colder months has long been vacant, but a new tenant is expected to move in soon.

What will she do?

“I probably will just walk in and say 'hi,'” she said.

Anyone can say "hi" to Donna by following her on Facebook at Donna Lee.

Cathy Stieve October 13, 2012 at 12:48 AM
The day after the Giants won the Super Bowl I was sitting at the front desk at Coldwell Banker when Donna came dancing by with her headphones on, singing "We Are The Champions" at the top of her lungs. Made my day... :)
Donna Lee October 13, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Thank you Cathy for that nice comment. This is Donna. Giants are my champions. :-)
JB October 13, 2012 at 05:31 AM
DONNA, I HAVE ENJOYED SEEING YOU AND YOUR BIG HAPPY SMILE FOR MANY YEARS... MY ONLY WISH IS THAT YOU ARE AS HAPPY AS YOU LOOK!!!!! PS. GO BIG BLUE!!!!!
Cj October 13, 2012 at 01:26 PM
My Grandson comes every year from Florida. I take that route on Westover all the time. He even remembers her. He said to me one day when she was not there, " Where is the girl that sits on the wall dancing and listening to music". I got a kick out of it that he remembered. You go Donna girl you make everyones day.
Randi Brokman October 13, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Driving carpool the kids named you Doreen because you were dancing, and looked for you daily. They were always so happy to see you each day. Now we know your name and hope to stop by and say hello. Keep enjoying your music and bringing happiness to yourself and others.
Donna Lee October 13, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Thanks. Jb that is nice of you. Go big blue!!!!
Donna Lee October 13, 2012 at 03:44 PM
To Cj and JB thanks for the nice words Go Big Blue!! CJ tell your grandson I said hi
Geraldine Loconsole October 13, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I can't believe FINALLY someone notices her enough to put this on Youtube. I see her all the time because I drive up and down Bloomfield Ave during the day. It's nice to see something NICE for a change, singing and moving her head and hands to the beats of music she is listening to. I say KEEP GOING DONNA..
Gloria October 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Donna you go girl! Was great seeing and talking to you 2 weeks ago. You're an inspiration to us all. keep doing your thing and God Bless You!
VESteele October 14, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Hi Donna our 5th interview is awaiting approval from utube so until then, i will post and share this. Nice chatting with u today :) Victoria
gregory l. mitchell October 14, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Donna,it's nice to see how happy you are and by your stops on the brick wall to enjoy your music you can now see how much you make others happy as well.Although I have spoken to you and your husband in the Caldwell Diner once or twice over the last few years,when I see you on "your"wall in the Spring I then know that Winter is over.That's me in the Gold Chevy that gives a toot and waves going in and out of Westover Ave.Congrats on your own YOU TUBE page.Now your happiness is shared all over the World-How many can say that.God Bless!! Gregory L.Mitchell,West Caldwell,NJ
Donna Lee October 15, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Gloria and Gregory thanks for the nice comments. I appreciate that Victora it was nice chatting with you today and I am happy the video was approved
Michael October 18, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Hi Donna, I get a kick out of passing you on the street, it reminds me of the 80's and 90's when I first saw you grooving. I am glad to see that there are some of us who don't let the struggles of life change us too much.
Donna Lee October 18, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Michael Thank you for the nice comment I try not to let life get me down

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