Elizabeth Godfrey began studying ballet when she was 6 years old at the Centre de Danse Classique in Mons, Belgium with Daniel Lambo, soloist with Bejart. At 16, she entered the Royal Ballet School in Antwerp, Belgium, where she trained professionally as well as competed internationally. She was a semi-finalist at the 1980 Prix de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland. Other participants that year included Alessandra Ferri and Patrick Armand (Director, San Francisco Ballet School). Her professional career encompassed dancing with both classical and contemporary companies that include the Royal Ballet of Flanders (Antwerp, Belgium), the Dayton Ballet Company (Dayton, OH), the Claudia Murphey Dance Company (Fairfax, VA), and the Daniel West Dancers (Washington, DC). Ms. Godfrey has taught dance for over 35 years. She was on faculty at The Washington School of the Ballet, directed by Mary Day, (Washington, DC) for six years. She also served as the Director of Dance at the Holton-Arms Center of the Arts (Bethesda, MD) for seven years. Ms. Godfrey has taught at BCB since 1998 after relocating to the Bay Area. She began her term as Artistic Director of Berkeley City Ballet in 2000. She also studied at Columbia University and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland.