Hallgrim Hansegård is a choreographer dedicated to the art of moving. At the age of 30 his works were performed in 29 countries. His work has both been censored by the Catholic church of Italy and been named “best choreography” of Eurovision Song Contest, which shows the dynamics of his expressions. Hallgrim has choreographed for tv, theatres, orchestras, wall dancers and performance arts, and he’s the founder of Frikar dance company. He has trained as a video artist in Italy and has shown animation arts at the Biennal of Venice and at Norwegian cinemas and festivals. He often has an archeological approach to innovation and has won the Norwegian Championships of traditional dance twice in a row.
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The Forrester Dancers have been under the direction of Eileen Pottie Forrester since 1965. Her talented daughter, Shannon Forrester McMullen has been teaching and directing alongside her mother since 1991. Since the early ‘60s, Eileen and her dancers have represented Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and Canada during many International festivals in Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States – which included 22 shows at Walt Disney World’s Epcot main stage. Representatives of the dance company are thrilled to be invited once again to Celtic Colours showcasing their traditional and specially choreographed Highland, Scottish National, and Celtic Step Dancing.
Shannon is Artistic Director, performer, and choreographer with the Forrester School of Dance in Sydney, currently entering its 49th year of teaching dance excellence on Cape Breton Island. Shannon has been dancing since the age of 4, under the direction of her mother, champion dancer Eileen (Pottie) Forrester. Shannon is an award winning dancer and choreographer who specializes in Highland Dance, Cape Breton Step Dance, Celtic Step Dance, Scottish Ballet and Liturgical Dance – and has garnered a reputation as a versatile instructor, performer, and choreographer. During this year’s festival, Shannon will be featured in shows as a solo performer as well as performing alongside members of the school’s senior dance company.
Sabra is a champion highland dancer, a stellar step dancer and a musician who has performed and taught across Canada, the United States, Australia, Scotland, and Ireland. The 5-time provincial champion highland dancer, 10-time representative for Nova Scotia at the Canadian Highland Dancing Championships, and 8th overall in the World Highland Dancing Championships in Scotland, is founder, director and choreographer of the Celtic Touch Dancers, a lively group of award-winning highland and step dancers. Sabra’s choreographies have garnered them top placings at the provincial and national level.