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 has danced in Page’s The Nutcracker (Bad Snowflake), The Sleeping Beauty (Pina, Fairy of Song/Lady Bluebird, Cinderella), Cinderella (Summer), Pennies From Heaven, Fearful Symmetries, Cheating, Lying, Stealing and Alice (Tweedledee, Bread and Butterfly), Ashton's Scènes de Ballet, Balanchine's Rubies, Forsythe's Workwithinwork, Spink's Petrushka, Brown’s For M.G.: The Movie, Pastor’s Romeo and Juliet and In Light and Shadow, Dean’s Träume, Alston's Carmen (Frasquita), Liburd's From Where, Meckler/Lopez Ochoa's A Streetcar Named Desire and Martin Lawrance’s Run For It.
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!
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Alice backstage braodcast 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.