Bethany Whiteside

Research Lecturer and Doctoral Degrees Coordinator


Bethany Whiteside is Research Lecturer and Doctoral Degrees Coordinator at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Her research focuses on the cultural and social analysis of participatory dance, often through ethnographic means, with a particular focus on the ballet, Highland, and Irish dancing genres.

Bethany has published in a range of peer-reviewed publications, presented at national and international conferences, and was a founding Co-Editor of the Scottish Journal of Performance. In 2014, Beth was a Visiting Research Scholar at Temple University, funded by the ESRC as an Overseas Institutional Visit. Beth is also Membership Secretary of the Society for Dance Research. 

Teaching commitments

Bethany curently teaches on the following modules on the BA Modern Ballet programme:

- Core Skills (Year 1)

- Classical Repertoire: Theory and Practice (Year 1)

- Critical and Contextual Skills (Year 2)

- Individual Project (Year 3) 


Teaching commitments

Current PhD Supervision:

• Deborah Norris, 'Cathy Marston–A Female Author of Narrative Ballet', Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (as Joint Supervisor)

Bethany is available to supervise doctoral projects in the following broad areas of study:

- Sociology of dance
- Dance ethnography
- Dance education


  • DPhil, University of St Andrews

    The Hidden Dancers: A Goffmanian Analysis of Participatory Dance Activity and Practice in Glasgow, Scotland

    2011 - 2017
  • MSc, University of Edinburgh

    Dance Science and Education

    2009 - 2011
  • BA, Cardiff University

    History (Hons)

    2002 - 2005

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