January 19, 2022 (Toronto, ON) – Greta Hodgkinson, Artist-in-Residence at The National Ballet of Canada, private coach, teacher and mentor, announced today the launch of Dance Mentoring by Greta, a comprehensive, one-on-one mentorship program that provides the support, expertise and opportunities that will help dancers enjoy a long and successful career.
The first-of-its-kind program is designed to offer expert advice and coaching to inspire, guide and empower dancers around the world to achieve their goals.
“For over 30 years, I performed both the classical and contemporary repertoire, enjoyed a successful and rewarding career as an international guest artist and continue to be actively involved with a variety of dance-related projects and events in Canada and abroad,” says Greta Hodgkinson. “I truly understand what it takes to build and maintain a long, successful and healthy career in dance and look forward to sharing all that I’ve learned with both students and professional dancers.”
Ms. Hodgkinson is one of Canada’s most treasured and celebrated dance artists. A career of rare distinction, she was a frequent guest artist with major ballet companies around the world and has inspired a legacy of roles created on her by some of the world’s top choreographers. At sixteen, she joined The National Ballet of Canada and in just six years, became a Principal Dancer.
As an international guest artist, Ms. Hodgkinson has performed in over 72 cities and 16 countries and has appeared with The Mariinsky Ballet, Teatro alla Scala, The Australian Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Munich Ballet and Teatro Comunale di Firenze.
Throughout her flourishing career, she was an inspiration for both established and emerging artists, working and collaborating with some of the most influential choreographers of the 21st century.
Ms. Hodgkinson has received various honours and awards in Canada and abroad. She received two Citations from the State of Rhode Island, in recognition of “her extraordinary talents and accomplishments as a world-class prima ballerina and her outstanding contribution to arts and culture in the United States.” In 2017, she was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour, which recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievements in their fields have left a lasting legacy in the province, Canada and beyond.
In 2020, after a remarkable career that spans 30 years, Ms. Hodgkinson retired in her 24th year as a Principal Dancer with the National Ballet, a milestone achieved by only two other dancers in the company’s history: Karen Kain and former Principal Dancer Veronica Tennant.
Through Dance Mentoring by Greta, Ms. Hodgkinson is empowering dancers to achieve everything they want in their dance careers. Through customized modules and mentorship, Ms. Hodgkinson is giving students and professional dancers the tools to take control of their careers.
About Dance Mentoring by Greta
By offering custom designed-modules that focus on all aspects of a professional dancer’s life, Dance Mentoring by Greta offers expert guidance and artistic direction for artists at every stage of their career. To learn more, please visit www.dancementoringbygreta.com and become part of the Dance Mentoring community.
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Photo Credit: Greta Hodgkinson by Tara West