About the Instructor

Allie Gibson Murad is a Member Highland Dance Instructor through the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) and a former Midwest Highland Dance Champion.  She has twelve years of dance teaching experience, and has danced competitively for over 20 years throughout the United States, Canada, and Scotland. She is also one of only a handful of certified Highland Hustle instructors in North America.

Throughout her highland dance career, Allie was fortunate enough to receive instruction from two outstanding teachers. She began dancing at ten years old under the instruction of Tracey Walton.  Her guidance led Allie to quickly pass through the levels of dance, and included four consecutive years of qualifying to compete at the United States Inter-Regional (USIR) competition (national championship).  Allie has won numerous medals, trophies, and championships.  When she went to Alma College, she continued dance under the instruction of Christie Freestone. Here, she shifted her focus to teaching and learning to become a better choreographer.  Allie passed her BATD Members Exam with a Highly Commended rating.  She also had the opportunity to teach dancers from three years old through college age and above, from beginning to advanced levels.

Allie graduated from Alma College with a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Health Science, and from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. She is currently working as an Epidemiologist for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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