ABOUT US

 

Mulberry School of Dance is run by Julia Lieberman RAD RTS

Julia teaches the RAD syllabus from early stages through to vocational level and her aim is to instil a love of dance in every student – whether they want to attend once a week ‘just for fun’ or if they want to progress to vocational school and pursue a career in dance. She also teaches two popular Adult Ballet classes which are not based on syllabus. These classes are focused on the participants and what they want to achieve within dance.

Julia recognises the importance of continuing her professional development for the benefit of her students and so she regularly attends courses and workshops to enhance and develop her knowledge of ballet technique and her teaching skills and practices. She is certified to teach the innovative Progressing Ballet Technique system and she recommends that all of her senior students (and any adult students who wish) attend a weekly class in this in addition to their regular syllabus classes.

Julia has both valid Emergency First Aid at Work and Paediatric First Aid certifications as well as a DBS Disclosure (replacing the former CRB check) and all appropriate insurances. In addition to her work within her school, Julia is a keen supporter of The London Ballet Company and is a trustee of The London Ballet Foundation.

 
 

Jennifer Gainey, ISTD Associate Ballet, Tap & Modern

Jennifer is originally from Chester. She trained at the Hammond Dance School on a full scholarship where she received a Diploma in Performing Arts and her ISTD Teaching qualifications. She has 13 years experience of dancing professionally and touring internationally. She also assisted the Director and Producers of The Illusionist in auditions for the West End, rehearsals, on tour in technical & media calls. Jennifer has also assisted the Casting Director of Spirit Productions in many auditions and castings.

For many years Jen taught at her Mum’s school in Chester and she joined Mulberry in January 2016. Jen's specialities are her amazing tots classes for the 2-3yr olds plus her tap classes for all ages which are hugely popular (especially with the adults!)

 
 

Silvia Birro RAD RTS

Originally from Italy, Silvia decided to move from home at the age of 14 to join a professional ballet dance school and be part of the Il Balletto Junior Company. During her 5 years in the Junior Company she had the opportunity to perform as a soloist and with her group all over Italy as well as in Brussels, Barcelona, New York and Paris. As her interest in contemporary dance grew, Silvia decided to join Rambert School in London where she had the opportunity to investigate both contemporary and ballet technique in depth performing pieces by Mark Baldwin, Darren Ellis and Jenna Lee, as well as being a choreographer herself. Silvia is now a freelance teacher and performer. Silvia joined the Mulberry team in 2018 and in March 2021 successfully completed her CBTS teacher training with the Royal Academy of Dance, an amazing achievement considering that much of her teaching placement took place over Zoom. Silvia teaches ballet and also our Contemporary classes for ages 11 years to adults on Saturdays.