Allison (Gibson) Murad (’09) is a British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) certified Highland Dance instructor. She has been teaching Highland Dance to students of all ages since 2007 and enjoys focusing not only on competitive dancing but choreography as well. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Exercise and Health Science from Alma College in 2009 and completed a Master of Public Health degree with a focus in Epidemiology from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2011. While attending Alma College, she was an active member of the Kiltie Dancers for all four years.
In addition to teaching Highland Dance at Alma College, she is an Epidemiologist with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and operates a traditional Highland Dance studio in East Lansing. She organizes and runs a large annual competition, the Spartan Tartan Highland Dance Competition, and is serving as Competition Chair of the 2022 United States Inter-Regional (USIR) Highland Dance Championship. She is also certified in Highland Hustle, a Highland Dance-based fitness class and Highland Hustle Tots, a parent/child dance class. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Colin Murad (’09), son Harrison, and their dog and two cats.