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We develop our dancers for life, on and beyond the stage!   ~Shannon Forrester

It's more than just learning steps with us. We provide our dancers with a warm, encouraging, and all inclusive environment to learn and grow their passion for dance,  performance, and creativity.  As part of their ongoing development, our dancers have access to exclusive mentoring, training, and life skills opportunities through our Youth Mentorship program, On & Beyond the Stage, at The Forrester Centre.

The Forrester School of Dance is located in Sydney, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, in eastern Canada.  The dance school is one of three main entities housed under the parent company, The Forrester Production Group Limited, owned and operated by Shannon Forrester. 


The school was established in 1965 by founder Eileen (Pottie) Forrester, and was the first of its kind in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Today, the school is under the direction of Shannon Forrester who provides not only dance training, but mentoring, training, and life skills with the many events and experiences that take place at The Forrester Centre.  Shannon is also a member and performer with the Forrester Dance Company. Besides branches that existed over the years throughout the industrial Cape Breton area, programs of the school are regularly requested and offered nationally and internationally.

Each year, the students take dance examinations regulated by the Scottish Dance Teachers Alliance of Scotland, a non-competitive program the school has endorsed for over 50 years. Eileen (Pottie) Forrester has trained over 50 teachers of dance, some of whom are now operating their own dance schools locally and beyond – and who’s teachings are rooted back to the Forrester School of Dance.


Classes are offered and structured for Children ages 4 & over, Teens, and Adults in a variety of disciplines and settings. 

For further information about our classes, performances, and company, be sure to visit our CONTACT us tab above.


New Student Registration

All of our class offerings are available for booking ONLINE.  

Click our 'STUDENTS' tab above to locate our 'AVAILABLE CLASSES' tab.  Our next workshop offering is:

June 18, 2024
New Student Workshop - ages 4 & over.
New Students interested in registering for classes or workshops, please note, we have limited class offerings this taking  place this Summer.  Please refer to our social media for more details.  

Don't forget to finish your registration by completing our online registration form also located in the 'STUDENTS' tab above. Once received, you will then be issued our studio information booklet with everything you need to know!


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for upcoming class offerings!

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