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Stamina & Strength: Scottish Ballet lead ballerina Bethany Kingsley Garner

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We are lucky enough to be around great arts in Scotland, one of which is Scottish Ballet, we managed to get an interview with lead ballerina, Bethany Kingsley Garner.  

 

 How old were you when you started dancing?

 

 I started dancing around to music as young as I can remember but started ballet classes at my first school aged three.

 

 What was it that had you hooked doing it?

 

I grew up in a household full of piano music which inspired me to dance along. I love the way dance make me feel. I'm easily absorbed in a beautiful piece of music,  or in a character I'm portraying in a story ballet. I love sharing that feeling with an audience and taking them on the magical journey with me. 

 

 

 

What's your favourite accomplishment to date?

 

 I am currently nominated by The Critics Circle of The National Dance Awards for the Outstanding Female Performance Award (Classical) This is such an accolade alongside world class dancers. I'm delighted. 

 

I am always in such awe of dancers, particularly ballet due to the relentless diary of it. How do you keep your energy level in check? 

 

Stamina training and a good healthy diet is a way of life for a pro dancer. You have to consider yourself as an athlete to manage the workload and to sustain the energy that a lead role demands of you. I know my body very well and what I need to do to keep in keep condition. 

 

Where and what is home to you?

 

I was born in South Devon and have a lot of family there so I visit often. It will always have a special place in my heart.

 

"My home is now in Scotland. I moved to Glasgow ten years ago and own my own home here and feel settled. I love the people and everything about it and consider it home." 

My home is now in Scotland. I moved to Glasgow ten years ago and own my own home here and feel settled. I love the people and everything about it and consider it home. 

 

Who are you most inspired by?

 

I have always been inspired by Margot Fonteyn. Her dancing had an exquisite lyricism that would flow with ease. She could tell a story with her eyes and made it believable. She could connect with her audience and take them on the journey with her. I appreciate the refined style of original classical ballet and like to watch the old black and white films from the Margot Fonteyn romantic era. 

 

When you have a rest day what is your favourite thing to do?

 

A day at home is a treat for me. I love baking and find it really relaxing. I like to try new recipes and my guilty pleasure is cake. I also love the outdoors, sightseeing and visiting places of interest. 

 

What would you say to budding ballerinas? 

 

I believe Ballet chooses you and you know in your heart that it's the path you should follow. Be true to yourself. You have to believe in yourself before anyone else can. You won't ever give up because you just can't. 

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