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.
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Bill and John Pellerin are brothers who were born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Bill started dancing at six years of age and John at four. When he was ten, John also began playing fiddle. Their father, Kenneth, played fiddle for dances for years in the Antigonish area. Their roots go deep in Cape Breton tradition as well. Their grandmother on their mother’s side is a Beaton from the Mabou Coal Mines. Dancing and fiddling has brought both Bill and John throughout Canada, USA and Ireland.
Pieds en cadence is a dance troupe from Centre scolaire Étoile de l’Acadie in Sydney. Founded in 2010 by its director Christine Doucet, the troupe presents a variety of choreographies influenced by the Acadian and Celtic cultures of Cape Breton. These girls take great pride in representing their school and community while square dancing and step dancing to traditional music.
Born in Montreal, Pierre Chartrand is a dance historian-ethnologist, a choregrapher, a master step dancer and an artfull dance caller. Dancing for more than 35 years, he teaches and performs regularly in Quebec, Canada, United States, and Europe. After his Dance Master in La Sorbonne (Paris – France, 1991), he founded the Centre Mnémo, an archive center on traditional french-canadian dance and music. He published folk music and dance books for Mnémo, and wrote many articles for magazines, and frequently speaks at folk music programs and for conferences. He has also won various awards such as the international dance medal in Madagascar, August 1997, and Price of the best choreography by the Independent Reviewers of New England, 2005. He teaches at the dance program of the Université du Québec à Montréal and at the folk music program of Joliette College. In 2000, he started his company Dance Cadence and produced shows such as Rapetipetam, Chasse-Galerie, Le Bal des Ménestriers, etc.