Meet our Instructors

Our instructor Anne-Marie Berens, shown wearing a kilt and competition number, is mid-jump, with her hands on her hips and one leg extended, dancing on an outdoor stage.

Anne-Marie Berens, Teacher

Anne-Marie Berens started dancing with the Granfling School of Highland Dance when she was 8 years old. She grew up performing and competing throughout the region, eventually reaching the premier level. She received her Members level teaching certification from the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) in 2017 and is also a member of ScotDance USA. While in college, Anne-Marie was co-president of the William & Mary Celtic Dance club, where she danced, taught, and choreographed Highland, Irish, and ce`ilidh dancing. She was also a member of the Highland Fusion display team at the University of St. Andrews.

Amy Jenkins, Teacher

Amy Jenkins began Highland dancing in 2011, as an adult, with the Granfling School of Highland Dance. She has a lot of prior dance experience and trained in classical ballet growing up (and continues to do so!). After reaching the premier level in competition, she earned her Members level teaching certification through the BATD in 2016. She is also a member of ScotDance USA. Amy is also very interested in traditional Scottish music and its relationship to dancing. She used to play the fiddle, viola, and bodhrán in a pub band called the Rum and Kidney Men, and is currently trying her hand at bagpipes.

Our instructor Amy Shields, wearing a short sleeved dancing costume, kilt, and competition number, is shown dancing, with one leg extended to the side and arms poised in front of the body, on an outdoor stage.

Amy Shields, Instructor

Amy Shields joined Granfling School of Highland Dance in 2013, where she learned Highland dance for the first time as an adult. Growing up, she had some experience dancing for show choir and musical theater. Since beginning Highland, Amy has performed and competed across the country and especially in the mid-Atlantic region. She has a special interest in choreography and has created several dances which our school performed and competed with over the years. She is also our acting liaison to the Washington Scottish Pipe Band. Amy especially loves working with adult dancers and helping expose new people to Scottish dance! She currently competes at the intermediate level and is studying to take her teaching certification in the near future.