We are Suzanne Cleary (Cork, Ireland) and Peter Harding (Cardiff, Wales) and we first met on the competitive Irish dance circuit accumulating, World, North American, All Scotland and Great British championship titles. We later joined Riverdance (UK, Europe, New Zealand, principal understudies; US Tour, Broadway), going on to perform in numerous Irish dance productions before premiering as Up & Over It at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009.
Since then we've presented work at dance festivals and theatres around the world, while choreographing work for stage and television. Our continuing collaboration with Welsh producer and video artist Jonny Reed, has picked up over 12 million views online, alongside film selections for international festivals. In 2010, we went viral with a dance short filmed in our living room and have since appeared on chat shows, commercials and on the global Got Talent franchise.
We're also a regular fixture on the cabaret and circus scene with shows such as the award-winning RIOT (Dublin), the Olivier-winning La Soirée (Roundhouse, Sydney Opera House and Montreal Completement Cirque), the legendary Crazy Horse (Paris, Geneva, London), the perennial Palazzo (Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Amsterdam) and Spiegelworld’s Rose.Rabbit.Lie (Las Vegas).
In 2015 our dance show for young people and their families, Into the Water, was commissioned and produced by Coreo Cymru in partnership with Theatr Iolo. The piece has since toured the UK, Ireland and China and was selected for Wales in Edinburgh 2016, British Dance Edition 2016 and the international Children’s Festival, Imaginate, 2017.
We are both qualified Irish dance teachers.
Dublin born Suzanne studied Irish dance in Cobh, Co. Cork and is a World Champion. Joining Riverdance in 1996, she embarked on a 20 year career engaging audiences in Irish culture. Suzanne was Artistic Director of Magic of the Dance before co-founding Up & Over It with Peter and Jonny Reed in 2008, choreographing work for commercials (McDonalds, Scottish Government) and TV (Late Late Show, Saturday Night Show).
Peter trained in tap, ballet and Irish dance in his native Cardiff and joined Riverdance at 17, touring as principle understudy with dance partner Suzanne. He joined Star Entertainment, London, as Artistic Director/Executive Producer in 2002 before embarking on an Arts Marketer career, working for clients such as The Lion King, Roundhouse, Hackney Empire and The O2.
Jonny Reed is a fluent Welsh speaker and has directed and produced films and visual installations for cabaret artists such as Bourgeois & Maurice, Ma Butcher, David Hoyle and Jonny Woo, alongside writing and directing commercial projects for Hackney Empire, Soho Theatre, Birmingham Rep and Hugo Boss. In 2010 he directed the online dance short, We No Speak Americano ft. Cleary & Harding, which has over 10 million hits. Jonny produces all Up & Over It theatre shows and is a photographer and graphic designer. www.puck.tv