Monika Hodge

Monika Hodge

Director

Monika is an Associate Member of the Canadian Dance Teacers Association, Ontario Branch-Stage Division. Dancing since the age of three, Monika's extensive training and performance experience ranges in many forms of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Gymnastics and Adagio. During her years of training as a student, Monika has performed in countless live shows in addition to many television performances, and competed regularly. At the tender age of 11, Monika was crowned the title of “Dance Queen.” By the age of 12, Monika was on her way to attaining her teaching qualifications and in 1988, by age 14, “Monika's Modern Dancers” was founded. The continuous growth of the studio prompted a number of changes for the business including the name change to “Toronto Dance Industry”. Through the years, Monika's students have been the recipients of many honorable awards in both Canada and the U.S., having received numerous choreography awards herself.

Both current and former students have found success with the National Ballet of Canada, are featured dancers in productions such as “The Lion King”, “Wizard of Oz”, and Cruise Ship entertainment. They have also landed roles on the television series’ “Hellcats” and most recently, “The Next Step” season two.

Annual visits to New York City with world renowned instructors/choreographers keep Monika's teaching styles and techniques up-to-date. As a performer, Monika has been cast upon the high seas with offers of Dance Captain position, with Carnival Cruise Lines. On board duties included lead dancer in the highly acclaimed Vegas-style production shows, as well as the instruction of line dance and ballroom classes.