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Mijka Hooper

Mijka Hooper,
Gymnastics Ontario Provincial Judge

Instructor for Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary

Mijka began her training at the age of 5 in gymnastics.  She competed at the Provincial level, and was the "Tyro C" Overall Provincial Champion in 1986.  Her dance training began at the old age of 16, when she attended The Ballet Jorgen Summer School in Toronto.  She continued in Dance at Ryerson University, where she graduated with honors in 1994.  During this time, Mijka worked with renowned dancers/teachers/choreographers such as Nadia Potts, Stelio Calagias, Yuri Ng, Timothy Spain, and Danny Grossman, to name a few.  Mijka was awarded the Raymond Clarke Scholarship for a post-grad year, where she completed the Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Certification with Distinction.  She also holds the Royal Academy of Dance Teaching Diploma, which includes Anatomy and History.  She is the only RAD teacher with these qualifications in the Grey-Bruce area.

Mijka taught ballet and jazz at Vince Parrell's Dance Centre in Toronto, performed extensively at the Ryerson Theatre, at Roy Thomson Hall, and on the TV network TSN. 

Upon returning to her home town, Mijka and husband Bob opened DanceMakers.  The studio has been in operation for over 18 years.  Some of Mijka's former students have attended dance & theatre programs at Ryerson University, York University, The National Ballet of Canada, Randolph Academy of Performing Arts, and Quinte Ballet School.  Mijka was awarded The Sun Times Business Woman of the year title in 2004.  Her dancers have competed in Italy at the World Cup where they placed 1st in Contemporary, 1st in Choreography, & 3rd in Ballet.  They have travelled to New York City (twice) to attend classes at Steps on Broadway and New York City Ballet.

With the expansion of DanceMakers Gymnastics, Mijka has obtained her NCCP Level 2 Gymnastics coaching certification, NCCP Level 1 Trampoline certification, Risk Management through Gymnastics Ontario, and has current First-Aid and CPR.

Last September Mijka completed her training and examination to become a Gymnastics Ontario Level 1-10 Provincial Judge, and has judged at many Provinical Competitions including Provincial Championships.
Bob Hooper
Bob Hooper
Co-Owner, Fitness Consulting

Bob began competing and coaching running in high school.  At age 14, he placed 2nd at the US National Cross Country Championships in Pittsburgh.  Throughout his high school years he used his spare time to teach phys. ed. to the developmentally challenged program at OSCVI and won the National Principal's Award for his efforts.  Later he attended the University of Toronto graduating with an honors Physical and Health Education degree with an English Specialist.  During this time he competed nationally as a member of the University of Toronto Varsity Team where he was a two time All Canadian.  Later with the Reebok World Team and The Toronto Olympic Club he competed across North America.  Bob then graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Western Sydney, Australia.  While in Australia, Bob was the head of technical support and consulting for the New Balance shoe company.  From there he went on to manage a chain of sporting goods stores in Sydney.  Upon returning home to Owen Sound he helped establish DanceMakers with his wife Mijka.  Later he developed a private training institute called SportMakers.  A short time after that he and Mijka built SportMakers Fitness and Training Centre where pro athletes and everyday fitness enthusiasts train side by side.  Some of Bob's athletes include NHL hockey players, two world champions, numerous provincial and NCAA champions, as well as recreational athletes that are training hard for their next personal best.

With the expansion of their facility into gymnastics, Bob has now expanded his coaching credentials to include Level 2 NCCP gymnastics certification to help out the little guys whenever needed as well as assisting the seniors.

Most recently Bob has been the guest speaker at numerous functions in the sporting and business world.

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