About the Instructor

  • Gillian was born in Wick, Caithness, Scotland.

  • Her love of highland dancing began at the age of 4.

  • She was a competitive dancer for 14 years, winning many awards and danced at championship level from the age of 10.

  • She toured with a music and dance group in Europe and Canada and successfully completed all her graded dance examinations with Highly Commended (the highest level attainable).

  • Gillian is a qualified highland dance instructor having received highly commended in her Fellow exam with the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (B.A.T.D).

  • She is also a member of the Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators (F.U.S.T.A)

  • Gillian was taught at the Jeanette Shearer School of Dance. Jeanette is a highly regarded Fellow & Examiner of the B.A.T.D and an International Adjudicator on the Scottish Offical Board of Highland Dancing (S.O.B.H.D). Jeanette has lectured & offered masterclass workshops in Highland Dancing extensively across Scotland, England, Canada, USA and New Zealand.

  • Gillian attributes all her dancing success to Jeanette, who is also her loving mum!

  • Besides dancing, Gillian has a Master of Science Degree in Physiotherapy & worked to the level of Clinical Specialist & Deputy Manager of Acute Physiotherapy Services in Aberdeen.

  • Gillian relocated from Scotland to The Woodlands, Texas in 2013 with her husband Terry and son Jack.

  • Gillian looks forward to sharing her love and passion of highland dance with others.

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