(b Dallas, 1958)
American dancer and choreographer. He studied drama before taking up ballet at the age of 20, training at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and graduating into the company in 1984 where he was promoted to soloist in 1989. Apart from a brief period with Nederlands Dans Theater he remained with the company as dancer and also created his first works there. He was appointed resident choreographer from 1990 to 1994, creating Myth (mus. Barber, 1990), La Princesse et le Soldat (mus. Stravinsky, 1991), and Angels in the Architecture (mus. Copland, 1993) among others, and developing a style that fused the classical vocabulary with contemporary cultural references and dance forms. He also forged a relationship with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, choreographing Chambre (mus. Christopher Rouse, 1993) and Open Blue (mus. Michael Torke, 1994) and has continued to make works for both Canadian companies including Miroirs (mus. Ravel 1995), Dracula (mus. Mahler, 1998), and Magic Flute (mus. Mozart, 2003) for Winnipeg—the last two works both adapted for film.
He has choreographed for other companies including Boston Ballet and Harid Dance Conservatory where Godden has been permanent guest choreographer since 1995.