Old Dominion University
Danny Charles, an Alumnus of Virginia Tech & Old Dominion University, retired from a career in Naval Aviation Engineering on the F-14 “Tomcat” Naval Jet Fighter Aircraft. After graduating from college, Danny also pursued Ballroom Dance as student/performer & eventually teaching part time.
Danny Charles is currently adjunct faculty & guest artist at Old Dominion University and has been the Ballroom Dance instructor for Old Dominion University since 2003. His Ballroom Classes include: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, Bolero, Cha Cha, Swing, Mambo, and Argentine Tango syllabus approved by the National Dance Council of America. His ballroom dance training began with Fred Astaire Dance Studios and continued at various other studios(locally and Los Angeles, California) with National & World Champion Coaching in American, International, and Theatre Arts styles of ballroom dance and choreography at Bronze, Silver, Gold, & Open levels. He has danced, performed, and taught ballroom dancing for over 20 years. He was recently selected as one of 8 ballroom dance instructors to host the first “Cruising With The Stars” ballroom dance cruise with ballroom dance champion, Karina Smirnoff, from “Dancing With The Stars” TV series. He also currently teaches private/group ballroom classes at Rants Ballroom Company (owned by ODU Dance Alumnus, Marie Rants) in Va Beach.
Leslie has has practiced primary care, as a nurse practitioner, for over 30 years in Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Most recently she has worked with the geriatric population at several facilities to include, Beth Sholom and Westminster-Canterbury. Her work also includes visits to hospice patients through Medi Home Hospice. She has been married to Dr. Eric C. Hodeen for 32 years. She is really excited about participating in this year’s Dancing With The Hampton Roads Celebrity Stars.