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Meet Shannon

Hey there! Welcome. I’m Shannon Forrester, Owner | Artistic Director | Event Designer at The Forrester Centre.

As a born-and-raised Cape Breton girl, most people know me as ‘Dancer Shan’ and immediately associate me with our family dance school, The Forrester School of Dance. Being the owner/operator of the dance school, I'm still dancing, performing and teaching classes on a weekly basis as dance has and will always be one of my favourite passions in life.

As an entrepreneur, business professional, and creative, there's other stuff I've been passionate about over the years, in particular curating and designing weddings and events, hospitality, shows and productions, retail sales, and more.  In building The Forrester Centre to become the chosen venue for small and intimate experiences, I am now able to bring my multiple passions to life in one very unique and special space. 


As a creative, I’m always seeking new ways to challenge myself and the industry norm and absolutely LOVE designing and executing bold and refreshingly unique approaches that showcases how I best serve my clients. Simply put, I curate small, intimate, premium, and private all-inclusive experiences for my clients in a space like no other, and with a team like no other. 

My company is built on a very strong foundation of family, tradition, love, integrity, and a passion for all that ‘wee’ offer to our clients and guests, sprinkled with an abundance of life experience. It’s my personal belief that there’s nothing more important than surrounding yourself with your very best and most important people whether it be personal or in business. It’s all about quality not quantity in creating opportunities and experiences for those sacred relationships to be celebrated and cultivated in a most private and premium way. I’m here to help you achieve just that, if that’s what you also desire. Consider me your ‘memory maker!'


There’s something quite magical about small and intimate experiences, such as a wedding, which truly allow our clients to be present with their most cherished relationships and make lasting memories that will live on in years to come. There’s also something quite refreshing about having a discreet space to conduct private business that allows clients the freedom to enjoy our venue’s amenities where privacy is paramount.

Other Stuff:

My background and expertise in business is quite vast as I've held various roles in private, corporate and government organizations ranging in Human Resource Management, Labor Relations, Marketing, Financial Management, Hospitality, Marketing and Event Planning.  I hold a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Cape Breton University and I'm a certified Wedding and Event Planner through the Wedding Planning Institute of Canada. Besides my professional dance training and teaching certifications, I am also trained in Front Line Care with Cancer Care Nova Scotia as a Palliative Care volunteer.  I am also a proud member of the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce and honored to have been the recipient of the Rose Schwartz Business Woman of the Year in 2019 and nominated for Business of the Year in 2021.

Whether you’re looking to hold a small and intimate Wedding, Corporate, Lifestyle, or Grand Goodbye event in a most unique, private, and premium space, surrounded by your very best people, we’re here to help you with all the details and curate a one-of-a-kind, stress-free experience just for you.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. I’m thrilled we’ve connected and I’m excited to hear from you.

With an abundance of love,

Shannon xo

The Forrester Experience
Weddings | Corporate | Lifestyle | Grand Goodbyes

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Forrester School of Dance:

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