Yang Zhao (PhD student)

Thesis title: Participation in Scottish Country Dancing in Edinburgh


ZHAO Yang is currently engaged in a PhD in education in Scottish country dancing at the University of Edinburgh. She graduated with Cohort 2016 Choreomundus – International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice, and Heritage in 2018. The Erasmus Mundus joint master was awarded by four partnership universities: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway), Université Clermont Auvergne (France), Szegedi Tudományegyetem (Hungary) and Roehampton University London (UK). While enrolled in an MSc in Dance Science and Education at the University of Edinburgh in 2016, she was actively engaged in learning Scottish dancing and performing/teaching Chinese dance. 


Norwegian University of Science (Norway), Université Clermont Auvergne (France), Szegedi Tudományegyetem (Hungary) and Roehampton University (UK)  two-year Joint Master Degree Choreomundus - International Master in Dance Knowledge, Practice and Heritage  

The University of Edinburgh (UK) MSc Dance science and Education 

Beijing Normal University (China) 北京师范大学 BA Dance and BA Chinese Language and Literature  文学学士舞蹈学和汉语言文学双学位 

Responsibilities & affiliations

Jan.2021 – : I am on the e-committee of National Dance Education Organization (NDEO), the US and volunteered remotely for the social media.  

Research summary

 Main Research Fields: Dance Ethnography, Dance Education and Scottish Dancing.

Past project grants

The RSCDS Summer School Scholarship
Issued by the RSCDS ·Mar 2022
Awarded a scholarship to attend Summer School by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) Scholarship.

Choreomundus professionalisation course/activities grant Choreomundus professionalisation course/activities grant
Issued by Choreomundus · Aug 2018
Associated with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

PhD funding
Issued by Chinese Scholarship Council · May 2018
Funding for my PhD study at the University of Edinburgh.

Directions des Relations Internationales (DRI) mobility scholarshipDirections des Relations Internationales (DRI) mobility scholarship
Issued by Université Clermont Auvergne · Oct 2017
International students mobility scholarship provided by Université Clermont Auvergne for my Mater's study at the University of Szeged, Hungary in Autumn 2017 semester.

Scientific research fund
Associated with Beijing Normal University
Nov. 2012 – Apr. 2013, conducted a research project called “Limb Explosive Power Training for Dancing Major Students in Comprehensive University.”

Papers delivered

Zhao, Y. 2022. Participation, Motivation and Social Aspects of Scottish Cèilidh Dancing——A Study Based on Observations, Interviews and Questionnaires. Contemporary Dance Research. (02), pp.98-110. doi:10.20070/j.cnki.cdr.2022.02.012.

Zhao, Y. 2022. Adapting Ethnographic Methods in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic: Scottish Country Dancing. In: Russell, L., Barley, R. and Tummons, J. eds. Ethics, Ethnography and Education (Studies in Educational Ethnography, Vol. 19). Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited, pp.109-127.  

Zhao, Y. A Fascination with Folk Dance. In: Grant, F. ed. Scottish Country  Dancer:  The  Members'  Magazine  of  the  RSCDS, April  2022.  https://issuu.com/rscds/docs/4171_scd_issue_34-_website_. p.16.  

Zhao, Y. 2019. Notation Courses in Choreomundus. In: Bastien, M., Townsend, T.W.Jr., and Fügedi, J. eds. Proceedings of the Thirtieth Biennial ICKL Conference, 23-29 July 2017, Beijing. Budapest: International Council of Kinetography Laban, p.262.  

Zhao, Y. 2015. British Dance Science Education System and Inspirations. In: Deng, Y. ed. 2014 National Dance Science Academic Symposium, 17/18 October 2014, Beijing. Beijing: China Minzu University Press, pp.608-617.  

In the press

Book Launch: Ethics, Ethnography and Education, 20 Sept 2022 Book Launch: Ethics, Ethnography and Education, 20 Sept 2022 - YouTube