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 and degree classes at Bournemouth & Poole 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 have worked 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!
Rebecca Middleton – Ballet Teacher & Contemporary Teacher
Rebecca started dancing at the age of 3 at her local dance school in Brigg. At 11 she was accepted onto the CAT Programme at the Academy of Northern Ballet in Leeds and was taught and mentored by Yoko Ichino. Whilst at ANB Rebecca was taught by the Artistic Director David Nixon and worked along-side the ballet company. She was trained in classical ballet, contemporary and Pilates. She took part in many performances whilst at the academy including Giselle and performing for Prince Edward and graduated with a BTEC in Professional Dance.
Rebecca then went onto Northern Ballet School in Manchester and received training in many different dance styles: ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and pas de deux. Whilst Rebecca was at NBS she also received Distinction in both RAD Advanced 1 and 2. She performed in many shows at Northern Ballet School, including dancing her first soloist role as a Big Swan in Swan Lake in her second year. Other performances were; The Nutcracker, Copelia and dancing as a guest artist is Aida Opera. She also starred in the tv series Close to the Enemy.
Rebecca then moved to Vancouver, Canada to join a professional ballet company, Coastal City Ballet directed by Li Yaming. Here Rebecca worked with many world-known choreographers and teachers such as Joshua Beamish and Wen Wei Wang. She also performed many soloist roles; Big Swan and Russian Princess in Swan Lake, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Nights Dream and Myrtha, the Queen of the Wilis in Giselle. Whilst in Vancouver Rebecca discovered her love for teaching and began teaching classes along side dancing with the company.
Since moving back to England in Sept 2018 Rebecca has started her BA degree in Dance Education with the Royal Academy of Dance and hopes to gain her Registered Teacher Status and continue her training as a teacher.
Rebecca Clarke – Gymnastic Dance Teacher & Preschool Ballet Teacher
Rebecca first got into gymnastics when she was five years old and joined a local artistic club, where she trained for three years, until the age of eight when she switched to rhythmic gymnastics.
Becca competed in national competitions until she was seventeen whilst performing in an array of shows along the way. She then went onto university to complete a degree in War, Conflict and Modernity at the University of Brighton.
After moving back home to Southampton she re-connected with Bryony and joined the team at Pickup Events Southampton. Becca now helps out Bryony with her Saturday morning classes. She is experienced in teaching and very experienced in performance and gymnastics. In gymnastics we teach the NATD syllabus for student’s to take their exams. Becca is also currently doing her teacher training course to become a history teacher!
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 technique.