Former Professional Dancer
Martha Godber was raised in Brisbane, Australia and attended her local ballet and academic schools. In 2010, Martha she completed an Advanced Diploma of Dance at Australian Dance Performance Institute, Brisbane and competed as a semi-finalist in the Gene International Ballet Competition, London. In 2011, she moved to Germany to study at Hamburg Ballettschule de John Neumeier and during her training was invited to perform with the company in numerous productions including Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Following that, she accepted a traineeship with The Washington Ballet, DC from August 2013 – March 2014, where she performed in productions of Giselle and The Nutcracker. Following this, she joined the Queensland Ballet as a Young Artist in 2014 under the direction of Li Cunxin, performing in seasons of Horsman’s Coppelia, Stevenson’s Cinderella and Nutcracker, Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet and Balanchine’s Serenade. Martha has also attended international summer schools in Amsterdam, Nederlands (2011) and at Canada’s National Ballet School, Toronto (scholarship recipient, 2013).
Currently, she is a Teaching Artist with Queensland Ballet’s EdSquad, Public Dance Classes and Dance for Parkinsons programs. Martha is also a student at Queensland University of Technology studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science with a view to combine her knowledge of dance and medical science through practical application and research.
Tamara retired from a professional dance career in 2015, which saw her perform with the Queensland Ballet Company for 9 years under both former and current Directors, Francois Klaus and Li Cunxin. As well as this, Tamara spent two years in Germany dancing with both the Deutsche Oper Ballett and Anhaltisches Theater of Dessau.
Tamara currently teaches for numerous professional and leading dance institutions throughout Brisbane. Her work has also involved introducing and fostering dance at both Primary and High Schools across the state. She has been fortunate to gain invaluable cultural experience by bringing new forms of dance to various remote Queensland community’s and their youth.
As an educator, Tamara enjoys being part of an exciting network in which to cultivate the growth and diversity of the local dance sector. She works with a variety of groups including Dance for Parkinson’s and Seniors Ballet classes alongside the Queensland Ballet faculty, as well as coaching students and adults of all levels.