Ann McBride was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, lived in the Sudan, then New Zealand. A friend in Wellington, New Zealand introduced Ann to Scottish Country Dancing. She came to the United States in 1968 and joined the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Los Angeles Branch.
Annie has studied under C. Stewart Smith, Mary Brandon, Eleanor Van der Grif, and others. She took the Teachers' Examination in 1973 and received her Teaching Certificate from Miss Jean C. Milligan, co-founder of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS), and went on to teach several classes in the Los Angeles Basin.
She was the director of the RSCDS Demonstration Team and performed with them in various places in the Los Angeles area.
Ann taught at the 1982 Idyllwild Workshop.
Dances Ann has taught include Balmoral Strathspey, Blooms of Bon Accord, The Hamilton Rant, The Highland Fair, Let's Have a Ceildh, and The Rothesay Rant.