Dr. Astrid Bernkopf has danced as professional ballet dancer in Austria, Germany, the Czech and Slovak Republics. She studied pedagogies of ballet (MA with distinction) at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where she also taught ballet at various levels. After this period, she commenced her studies at the University of Surrey, Guildford, where she now holds a PhD. Her research focuses on the narrative of the ballet scenario for which she has created a method of narrative analysis. Furthermore, she investigates approaches to analyse written source materials. As lecturer, Astrid started teaching at the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, University of Surrey, Guildford, and London Metropolitan University. In the UK, she predominantly teaches Critical Theory and Performance Analysis and, additionally, History and Philosophy of History. She is Lecturer in Dance at Middlesex University.