About Us


Emma Trentman has been teaching highland dancing for 22 years.  She is a certified teacher through the British Association of Teachers of Dancing and a certified judge through the Royal Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing.  She has taught in a variety of dance schools, including the Gail Bacon Scottish Highland Dancers, the Thistle Dancers, and the Mid-Michigan Highland Dance Academy.  During her competitive career, Emma represented the Eastern Region at the United States National Championships four times, and successfully competed throughout the Eastern and Midwestern Regions of the United States.  Emma moved to Albuquerque in 2012, and founded Highland Dance Albuquerque to share her love of Highland Dancing with the Albuquerque community.  She also organizes New Mexico's two highland dance competitions, at the Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival and the Aztec Highland Games, as well as the competition at the Cortez Celtic Fair in Cortez, CO.  

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Scottish Highland Dancing

Although it originated in Scotland, Scottish Highland Dancing is performed throughout the world today, by dancers of a variety of heritages.  You need not be Scottish to enjoy Scottish Highland Dancing!  Scottish Highland Dancing provides an intensive workout for the entire body, as the technique requires a considerable amount of strength, stamina, and grace.  By working together with their classmates and instructor in a supportive, inclusive environment, students are able to develop their technique, work ethic, and friendships.