Freelance Dance Teacher
A well respected artist, Lizzie has a wealth of dance experience as performer, choreographer, director, teacher, arts administrator and researcher. Recognised as an outstanding female dancer, Lizzie’s sixteen year performance career (including eight with Expressions Dance Company and four with Leigh Warren and Dancers) has seen her perform major roles, both at home and abroad, in works by some of the world's best choreographers.
As an independent she’s choreographed works for the likes of Expressions Dance Company (EDC), Royal Academy of Dancing, Noosa Long Weekend Festival and the South Australian Children's Ballet.
As Co-Creative Director of Prying Eye, she has worked with Zaimon Vilmanis on collaborations including the spellbinding “White Porcelain Doll” (2014), “Resurfaced” - Brisbane Festival (2012) with Feet Teeth, and "Lady Electronica Live" - Judith Wright Centre (2012) with Donna Hewitt, and more recently "Cells Behaving Badly" - New Move Network (2016) and "The Inquisition of the Big Bad Wolf" - Supercell Dance Festival (2017).
As a teacher, Lizzie has taught for myriad professional dance companies and leading dance institutions both in Australia and overseas.
In addition, Lizzie is founder of Brisbane Dance Artists Hub for independent dance artists and a founding member of Pro Dance Classes Brisbane.
As an arts administrator, Lizzie has been IT Assistant/Administrator for the Northern Australian Regional Performing Arts Centre’s Association, Manager of the Brisbane cultural bar - Room 60, and Program Consultant of Ausdance Queensland.
In 2017 Lizzie works across dance sectors as:
Co-Creative Director - Prying Eye Productions
Secretary of the Management Committee - Supercell Dance Festival
Researcher - Master of Arts (Research) - Queensland University of Technology
Rehearsal Director - EDC
Acting Rehearsal Director - Dancenorth
Professional Development Consultant - Ausdance Queensland
Volunteer Coordinator/Moderator - Brisbane Dance Artists Hub
Member on the Curatorial Panel - National Dance Forum 2017
Guest Teacher - Dance studios, high schools, tertiary institutions, and professional dance companies across the globe
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.