The owner/director is Eileen (Pottie) Forrester,
Fellow BATD, Member SDTA, Scottish Official Board of Highland
Dancing Adjudicator's panel, Member Scotdance Canada & Dance
Nova Scotia, a dance teacher since 1965 who has trained over 50
teachers of dance, some of whom now have their own schools of
dance. During her amateur dance career she was a champion dancer
winning many awards/trophies/medals and to this day is the only
Cape Breton dancer to win the prestigious Mary Dundas Memorial
award for the most proficient sword dance three consecutive years.
Mary Dundas was a former world-class champion who took an interest
in Eileen & instructed her many times.
At age 9, Eileen won an audition for commercials
that were broadcast during the NHL "Hockey Night In Canada"
and sponsored by Imperial Esso. She also did commercials for Hamilton's
Some of her early performances were on the popular
television shows "Down Cape Breton Way" with the late
Lloyd McInnis,"Cape Breton Ceilidh", as well as the
national show "Ceilidh" with Allistar McInnis of Scotland.
In 1967, Eileen performed at Expo '67 and then
went on to Parliament for a solo dance performance. She also represented
Nova Scotia that same year in Newfoundland for "Centennial
Celebrations". In 1973, Eileen and her dancers were invited
by then Minister of States office to partake in the first Multicultural
Festival ever held in Canada which took place in Ottawa. It proved
to be a wonderful event and Cape Breton's own, Rita MacNeil was
also a performer during this festival.
Eileen's early teachers were her two older sisters,
Sandra (a highland dancer and Pipe band drummer), and Faye (a
highland dancer and bagpiper). The Pottie sisters carried on the
tradition of passing on the Celtic dance culture on Cape Breton
Island for over 50 years.
Much of Eileen's professional dancing has been
guided by former world Highland dance champion, Sandra Bald Jones,
Scotland, now living in Ontario. Eileen's mother, the late Eileen
Pottie, was instrumental behind the scenes, instilling and promoting
the love of Scottish dance. This same love, Eileen tries to pass
on to each and every one of her dancers that have come and gone
throughout the years.
Eileen was the first officially licensed teacher
of dance on Cape Breton Island as well as the first Scottish Official
Board of Highland Dancing Adjudicator on the Island, which enables
her to adjudicate highland dance competitions worldwide, which
has included across Canada, the United States and the Commonwealth
Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland.
A lot of what the Forrester School of Dance has
become today has been influenced by the memory of Eileen's mother,
the late Eileen Pottie. The honor and pride of Scottish heritage
is evident in every aspect of not only the company, but also in
To My Mother......."It was when I had
my first child, that I understood how much she loved me. Thank
you mom for instilling in me the love and pride in our culture
and first & foremost always striving to ensure that every
time I performed......I had fun!!"