The QSDA teachers are a team of highly motivated, trained, experienced and dedicated individuals.
(Did we mention we also like to have fun?) Take a moment to learn a little more about each of us!
"Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain!"
Bree Brownlee was a competitive Highland dancer since the age of 3. She won numerous prestigious titles during
her 18 year career. Bree has been the Midwest Regional Champion, United States National Champion and placed
4th at the World Championships! She qualified 11 consecutive times for the US National Championship where she
was ranked in the top 6 in the country all 11 times and in the top 3 nine of those times, never finishing lower than
4th. She is a registered member of FUSTA and the BATD. In addition, she has studied classical ballet, lyrical, jazz
and tap. At her last ballet performance she was the lead role of Swanilda in the classic ballet, Coppelia. Within
FUSTA, Bree was the chairperson for the 2016 United States Inter-Regional Highland Dance Championship and
formerly the Footwork (the national newsletter) editor and was the 2010 United States Inter-Regional Highland
Dance Championship 'Weekend of Dance' Co-Chairperson.
She studied Highland under the direction of Bill and Liz Weaver. She began teaching in 1998, when she passed her
teachers exam 'highly commended' through the British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD). In addition to
being the founder of QSDA, she is also the website manager and designer. In 2002 she was crowned the Alma Queen of Scots, hence the name of her studio.
Bree is a 2004 graduate of Alma College, where she graduated with honors in Media & Mass Communications and Theater/Dance, where she was a member of the prestigious Alma College Dance Company, studying under the direction of Tom Morris. While there she performed many classical pieces, had the opportunity to work with well-known choreographers and choreograph works herself to be set on the company. Bree was awarded the 2009 Alma College Young Alumni Award. The award recognizes recently graduated alumni (between 1 and 10 years) who have given faithful service to Alma College and their communities. Bree now works at the advertising agency Leo Burnett Detroit as a Senior Vice President, Group Account Director.
"The things I love the most I cannot hold in my hand. They are instead the memories I hold in my heart, put there
by the ones who love me."
Sheila is Bree's mum and has been with her daughter every step of the way. Being the prefect "dance mum" she
attended every lesson where she diligently took notes and helped her daughter practice every day. Through her
years of experience she offers guidance not only as an instructor, but also as a former "dancers mum." Sheila
currently teaches the Primary classes. She is currently studying to take her teachers exam next year. In addition,
Sheila recently began her own company to sell custom-made competitive Highland dance costumes, The Queen
of Scots Dance Costumes. Sheila is married to Keith Brownlee and is the proud mum to Bree, and puppy Paisley.
Mairi is a student turned teacher. Having danced with the QSDA for years, upon completing her teachers examination in 2015 Mairi began teaching with the QSDA. A 2017 graduate of Alma College, Mairi studied Communications and Psychology and was a member of the Alma College Kiltie Dancers, Gamma Phi Beta, Order of Omega and Active Minds. She currently is an Integrated Producer at Leo Burnett Detroit.
Kim, known to the dancers as Miss Kimmy, came first into the studio as our biggest fan! Kim began taking on an
additional role by teaching the conditioning class in early 2009 and continues to do so today. Kim also provides
stretching and exercises for the dancers. Kim was a highly accomplished softball player and equestrian. As a
member of the Alma College Softball team, Kim won 4 regional titles and attended the softball Nationals for
NCAA DIII in 2004 and 2005. A 2005 graduate of Alma College with a major in biology and education, Kim
currently is a Project Coordinator for Antea Group. She also received her Masters of Science in Environmental
Science from the University of Michigan in 2011.
The QSDA is excited to use Kim's athletic background and experience to help our dancers make it to the