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Our Director

Barbara Mullen is the Artistic Director of New England Dance Ensemble and Owner and Director of Londonderry Dance Academy. Born in North Wales, Ms. Mullen attended the Hammond School in Chester, U.K., a prestigious boarding school for the Arts, where she received extensive training in ballet as well as other dance forms including tap, modern, Latin American, and ballroom. 

She attained Royal Academy of Dancing teaching certifications for ballet, specializing in children courses and major (vocational graded) levels, as well as teaching certifications with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. 

Ms. Mullen’s performing experiences have included resident company dancer in Tiller Girls London Palladium where she performed in television specials in London and in the Provinces, performing contemporary repertoire and touring internationally with Stafford Dance Company, and company dancer for the Philadelphia Opera Company. 

Ms. Mullen has been a dedicated educator and has had an extensive teaching career in dance, which began in 1971 in Philadelphia, PA. After moving to New Hampshire in 1976, she eventually opened Londonderry Dance Academy, and subsequently established New England Dance Ensemble, a youth ballet company. 

Ms. Mullen served as an international adjudicator and was the assistant ballet teacher and lecturer in dance history at the University of New Hampshire for 10 years. Recognized by many for her superior technical and creative teaching and her choreographic abilities, Ms. Mullen has also received several awards for her outstanding positive influences and her exemplary artistic services, including receiving the 2011 Charles A. Hildebrandt Holocaust Studies Award. As a practical training supervisor for the Royal Academy of Dance, Mrs. Mullen now travels to registered schools to assess educators as they pursue their teaching certificate.

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