Bryony Pickup – Founder
Ballet Teacher, Contemporary Teacher & Gymnastic Dance Teacher
Started dancing at 4 years old and trained in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Classical Greek and Rhythmic Gymnastics. Bryony competed in yearly festivals and competitions and qualified to the All England Dance finals in London on four separate occasions.
Before going to university she competed at National Group Championships with the rest of her team in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Rhythmic South Seniors, placed 1st place, best in the country, in years 2010 & 2011.
Bryony found her passion for Contemporary dance and studied it at GCSE and A Level. Bryony then took part in Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance Centre’s Summer programme before going off the complete her degree, followed by her Masters. While doing her degree Bryony performed in places like Oxford University, Tate Britain Museum (London), Holborn Museum (Bath) and The Brighton Fringe Festival.
She started the school in 2014 with only one class and two students. Bryony currently teaches Contemporary, Ballet, Gymnastics and Yogalates, while being fully insured and DBS checked. She is a qualified teacher and a member of International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA), Bryony received a Distinction and managed to get 98% in her Teaching Ability module!
Bryony also teaches BTEC Dance at Salisbury 6th Form College and enjoys teaching the theory as much as the practical! She strives to continue her own professional development while also running a successful dance school for the next generation.
As well as running the school Bryony currently performs for entertainment companies like Butterflies Event Dancers, which special in corporate events and charity balls, LE Entertainment, which perform at festivals and holiday parks around the country doing fire, illusion and circus skill shows. Bryony has also decided recently to start up her own events company, Pickup Events. Only in the rehearsal stage at the moment but stay tuned for exciting news!
Kiri Golding – Street Teacher & Acrobatics Teacher
Kiri is a freelance dance artist and facilitator working in the Hampshire and Wiltshire area for the past 7 years, providing ASC, PPA and CPD work, covering a range of style from Ballet to Street! Kiri has a Contemporary teaching diploma with the NATD, a first class BA (Hons) degree in Choreography and Dance, is an credited Little Acorns Preschool Dance teacher and an Acrobatic Arts Certified Teacher (AAC1).
As a freelance artist, Kiri develops creative work independently and collaboratively within her own company, GoldHill Dance, who are supported by the GradLab Project, funded by Arts Council England with extra support from The Point, Eastleigh, The University of Chichester and The University of Winchester.
Alongside this, Kiri performs professionally as a dancer regionally with the site specific all-female dance company, The Land Girls. On larger platforms, Kiri’s portfolio work includes credits such as The Voice (2014), lead female role in music video’s for musicians such as FOOR on the track “I’m Sorry” (2015) and Knight$ on the track “ Whats Your Poison?” (2016). Most recently featured on the movie Final Score (2017) alongside actors Piers Bronson and Dave Batista and most recently cast in the newest Master Card: Brit Awards Advert (2017) with Robbie Williams.
Alongside her professional career, Kiri is passionate about motivating and inspiring the younger generation of movers! Kiri believes movement is an integral process of understanding and learning, however, exploring through dance allows the mind and body to be conditioned through the kinaesthetic pathway, encouraging a physical contribution to fitness and wellbeing combined with an abundance of exciting learning possibilities.
Kiri strives to deliver fun, knowledgable and technical classes and wishes to confidently achieve each child’s full potential.
James Pickup – Semi Professional Ballet Teacher
James began dancing at a young age before receiving a place at the Royal ballet School, London, which he joined aged 11 and continued from lower school (secondary school) into the upper school (college). The Royal Ballet School is one of the world’s greatest centres for classical ballet training and has produced dancers like Margot Fonteyn and Darcey Bussell.
During this time, James performed at the Royal Opera House and many other theatres, as well as tours in New York and Japan and dancing for the royal family on several occasions! James, most proudly, preformed at the Herodes Atticus theatre (Acopolis of Athens) in the final of the Genee International Ballet competition with an audience of four thousand!
Once graduating for the Royal ballet school, James worked professionally for National de Marseille and l’Opera de Bordeaux in France and then finally with Northern Ballet before taking early retirement from ballet to pursue other interests.
James returned to education and did his degree and masters in mechanical engineering while also teaching classes at private dance schools and choreographing for the UWE University competition squad during his time there.
James is now an engineer but teaches the semi-professional class at Pickup Dance, where he aims to push talented dancers and solidify their classical technic.