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David Pickering


David Pickering in action.
David Pickering in Les Noces, The Royal Ballet © Dee Conway

English dancer and teacher David Pickering is a teacher and Learning and Participation Creative Associate (Ballet) and a former Soloist of the Company. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Company in 1990, promoted to First Artist in 1994 and Soloist in 1999. He retired from dancing in 2014. He was appointed Education Administrator in 2008 and in 2013 completed a course in Ballet Education Practice at the Royal Opera House.

Pickering was born in Barnsley and brought up in Leeds. He trained at the Jean Pearce School, Ratcliffe Academy and The Royal Ballet School. His repertory with the Company included Von Rothbart and Benno (Swan Lake), Paris and Tybalt (Romeo and Juliet), Rakitin (A Month in the Country), Gentleman with the Rope (The Rake’s Progress), High Brahmin (La Bayadère), Count Hoyos and Prince Philipp (Mayerling), Andres and Captain (Different Drummer) and Mouse King (The Nutcracker). He created roles in All Nighter, Horseplay, Judas Tree, Winter Dreams, Masquerade and There Where She Loves.

As Education Administrator for the Company Pickering is involved with several projects organized by the Learning and Participation department at the Royal Opera House, including Insights, such as The Royal Ballet in Rehearsal, and Schools’ Matinee performances. He participated in a 2012 tour made by members of The Royal Ballet to Rio de Janeiro, which included education workshops with local communities. Pickering was part of a team from The Royal Ballet involved with an episode of ITV’s ‘What Would Be Your Miracle’, helping a young girl who suffers from cerebral palsy achieve her dream of dancing. He was made an MBE in 2018.


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The Royal Ballet run workshops to inspire children in Japanese earthquake zones

29 June 2016
The Royal Ballet run workshops to inspire children in Japanese earthquake zones

Children in Kumamoto, many of whom have been unable to attend school recently, attended a workshop focused around Giselle.