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Holly has been a Highland / Step dancer extraordinaire with the Forrester School of Dance for over 20 years and is a main performer with the Forrester Dance Company.  

Along with Shannon and other members of the performing group, Holly is a very dedicated dancer and performer who has literally been involved in all major shows, productions, and fundraisers within Cape Breton Island and beyond.  She also collaborates regularly regarding choreography and provides assistance with instruction and coaching to our competitive and recreational dancers. 

Holly Sampson  

  Instructor, Choreographer


Holly has travelled locally and internationally performing at major world festivals, productions, and special events.  Along with several of the Forrester Dance Company members, a few notable performances Holly participated in include, but not limited to:

  • The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

  • Celtic Colours International Festival

  • Multicultural festivals, and other special events hosted by Cape Breton University

  • Christmas with Johnathan MacInnis at the Highland Arts Theatre

  • Johnny Reid’s music video for Go Tell it on the Mountain

  • Home I’ll Be – Remembering Rita, a tribute concert to Rita MacNeil

  • Stronger than Steel, the official opening of Open Hearth Park at the former Tar Ponds site

  • Festival of the Greens Holiday Gala - a Fundraiser for the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation

  • Happy Ha-ha- holidaze, a Christmas show at The Savoy Theatre

  • Come to the Music, a Celebration of Song with Coro Cantabile in support of Bereaved Families of Cape Breton

In addition, by day, Holly is a professional engineer who works for CBCL Ltd., a local engineering consulting company.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from Dalhousie University specializing in water quality and treatment.  She previously worked as a member of the Independent Engineer for the Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Ovens Cleanup project.  She is also a member of both the Continuing Professional Development and Women in Engineering committees of Engineers Nova Scotia.

In her spare time, Holly also enjoys participating in jewelry making classes at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design.

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