Independent Dance Artist
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
PhD researcher, "Ageism and the Mature Dancer," recently produced the film Interprete/Inappropriate Behaviour: https://vimeo.com/136466421
with Australian Dance Artists: www.australiandanceartists.com and British dancers: Jennifer Jackson, (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/schoolofarts/research/dance/dancing_the _invisible/mature dance) Susie Crowe, (http://balletinsmallspaces.co.uk) Ann Dickie, (http://www.fhtm.org.uk) Nicholas Minns (http://www.writingaboutdance.com)
Sonia trained in the UK at Elmhurst Ballet School, The Royal Ballet School, The London School of Contemporary Dance and The Laban School of Movement & Dance. Sonia is gathering data from Australia and overseas aiming to give the mature dancer a voice. Value, Validation & Visibility. Currently working with Charlotta Ofverholm of Jus de la Vie, Stockholm; AGE ON STAGE and documenting DANCE ON ensemble Berlin.