The BATD Maritime Provinces now only has one meeting a year, in November. The Branch does run a very successful Festival of Dance, on the first weekend of May each year.
2014 marked the 25th year of this competitive event, which includes most of the dance forms, other than those in the ballroom branches. It is divided into two sections, Highland and Stage, they are held simultaneously, in two halls in the same building.
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Chelsey has been dancing since the age of two. She was instructed by her mom, Jean Sanderson, Shirley and Heather Burke, and Alana Sobey at Shirley's Celtic Studio of Dance. She taught for 3 years at the College of Piping in Summerside, PE and hopes to continue teaching after completing her MSc Kinesiology next year.
A dance teacher of ballet, tap and jazz
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SOBHD Worldwide Judge and BATD Highland Member with over 30 years of teaching experience.
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The Forrester School of Celtic Dance is owned & operated by Eileen Pottie Forrester in Sydney since 1965. As a champion dancer Eileen trained many champion dancers some who are running their own school's of dance. The senior performing dance company has been invited to perform in many parts of the world including Canada, USA, Europe & Asia. They also did 22 shows during Rhythms of the World at the main stage, The American Theatre by the Shore at Epcot, Walt Disney World. They have brought their highland, specially choreographed pieces along with their Cape Breton Step Dance through performances & workshops. Eileen's three daughters, Shannon, Shara & Shendle still perform when asked. Shannon teaches & directs alongside her mother for the past 24 years & is a regular performer in many shows & teaches many step dance workshops in particular on a regular basis. The school recently celebrated its' 50th anniversary in a gala show where all Eileen's children came home to surprise her & the Forrester Sisters performed on stage wearing their special Forrester tartan.
Eileen was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree for her dedication to arts & culture here & abroad to countless number of students. Her continual efforts to keep Cape Breton Culture alive despite many physical challenges was indeed noticed. She was also recently honoured by Women in Business & received the "Pinnacle Award" in her career by her peers. Eileen has been married for
44 1/2 years, has 4 children & 7 grandchildren, 1 grandson & 6 granddaughters. 5 of her granddaughters are dancing in Ontario.
Highland Dance school located in Bridgewater NS
Specializing in ballet and tap
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Dancing since 1986. Teaching dance since 2001. Successfully completed first associates examination with BATD in 2003.
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