English dancer and teacher David Pickering is Education Administrator of The Royal 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.
As Education Administrator for the Company, Pickering is involved with several projects organised 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.