Born in England, Bethany trained as a Bristol Junior Associate with the Royal Ballet School, before moving onto both the Lower and Upper Royal Ballet Schools. During this time, she danced in The Royal Ballet’s productions of The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Don Quixote, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, as well as winning the April Oldrich Award for Most Dynamic Performer and receiving First Commendation and Young British Dancer of the Year. Graduating with honours in 2007, Bethany received the Wyre Drawer company leavers prize.
Bethany joined Scottish Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to Soloist in 2013.
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Why did you become a dancer?
I used to follow my sister to ballet lessons and always tried to copy her. I loved dancing around to classical music from a young age, it was something that came naturally to me. I went to the Royal Ballet school at 11 and when I moved to the upper school at 16 I knew that ballet was what I wanted to to, it was my main focus. Getting to perform at school you get a taste of what it would be like, and the feeling I get with performing is why I still do it!
Page’s The Nutcracker (Bad Snowflake), Page
The Sleeping Beauty (Pina, Fairy of Song/Lady Bluebird, Cinderella), Page
Cinderella (Summer), Page
Pennies From Heaven, Page
Fearful Symmetries, Page
Cheating, Lying, Stealing, Page
Alice (Tweedledee, Bread and Butterfly), Page
Scènes de Ballet, Ashton
For M.G.: The Movie, BrownRomeo & Juliet, Pastor
In Light and Shadow, Pastor
Carmen (Frasquita), Alston
From Where, Liburd
A Streetcar Named Desire, Meckler/Lopez Ochoa
Run For It, Lawrance
Highland Fling, Bourne
Pierrot Lunaire, Tetley
Five Rückert Songs, Darrell
Elite Syncopations, MacMillan
Hansel & Gretel, Hampson
Bethany in rehearsals for Romeo & Juliet as part of our rehearsal film series.
Watch our Hansel & Gretel webcast where Bethany discusses her role as Gretel.
Watch Bethany in rehearsals for Pierrot Lunaire, part of Dance Odysseys for Edinburgh International Festival.
Watch Bethany Kingsley-Garner and Remi Andreoni play the roles the Sylph and James in our poster photo shoot.
Alice backstage broadcast featuring Bethany talking about warming up before the performance.
.Theatreinwales, 05 May 2011 – Tweedledum and Tweedledee, danced spiritedly by Bethany Kingsley-Garner and Brenda Lee Grech.
. Dance Europe, November 2009 – In an exemplary cast, it was Luke Ahmet – another superbly musical dancer and Bethany Kingsley-Garner in a less prominent role, as well as the always liquid Paul Liburd, who caught my eye.
Rising to Soloist
Bethany-Kingsley Garner has had an exciting excelleration through the Scottish Ballet ranks. We had a chat to find out how it feels to rise up within the Company.
Hello Bethany, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us! Can you start by letting everyone know when you started dancing with Scottish Ballet?
Thank you for having me! I joined Scottish Ballet shorty after I graduated from Royal Ballet School in London in 2007.
You made an impressive jump from Artist to Soloist, what was that progression like for you?
I started getting opportunities quite early on and they became more frequent - I guess the more I proved that I could deal with the work. Progression in a Company is vital, it makes you appreciate every opportunity that comes your way and is always something that I strive towards.
What have you found is significantly different across each level?
Working on your own is the biggest difference. When you're an Artist you do a lot of group numbers and are always in the studio with other dancers; now that I'm a Soloist I work a lot on a one-to-one basis with with the Artistic team or with my dance partner at the time. This gives you a more personal work experience, and allows me to work more thoroughly. I also feel like it gives me more freedom on how I approach each individual work and lets me add my own spin on it; as you're the only one dancing you can!
What was your first role as Soloist and what was it like?
My first role as a Soloist was Marie in The Nutcracker, although I actually didn't know it at the time! When I was promoted in February my title was backdated from December. It was probably for the best though, I was already nervous and think I would have been even more so if I had known!
Do you find it helps to have support and learn from fellow dancers, or as a Soloist is it easier to work on your own?
It always helps having support, especially if you're leading the ballet you want to feel that the cast is behind you. I always give support to someone who is under the same pressure as I have been, and I learn constantly from other dancers and have done since I joined. It's nice to see the progress from dancers as well as my own.