The Propeller Dance Company

Voted  "Best Dance Show of 2009" by Ottawa Xpress newspaper.
Voted  "Best Group Show of 2005" by Ottawa Xpress newspaper.


Denbeigh (Bella) Bowes has been committed to dancing with The Propeller Dance Company since 2002 and has performed annually at the NAC’s Fourth Stage (2003-2007), in schools and for community events. She is part of a core group in the Company that goes into organizations to provide demonstration performances and workshops. 

doublespace photographyRobert Chartier has been dancing for six years, training with The Propeller Dance Company since its creation. He has been a teaching assistant for classes, has been part of demonstration performances and workshops.  He has performed annually with the Company at the NAC’s Fourth Stage (2003-2007), and at dozens of community and professional venues (Ottawa City Hall, Baobab Tree Kpanlogo Party, Shopping malls and Ottawa Life Skills) 

Moni Hoffman  has been dancing with The Propeller Dance Company since 2008.   She loves both dancing and the art of choreography. She has performed at community events, universities, schools, at the Senate for National Child Day, the NAC, and at the GCTC. Moni was a Celebration of People finalist in 2009 for her years of dedication to volunteering. At present she is also working on becoming bilingual, and hopes it will open many more doors for her dance career. She loves to worship dance and you will often find her on stage at her church, or in her living room doing just that.

Jessie Huggett has been a member of The Propeller Dance Company since 2002. She is also a senior member of the Dandelion Dance Company (2002-present). Jessie has been a “Top 20 Under 20” National Youth Award Finalist, and received the Jane Cameron Award, a national award for an artist with Down Syndrome (2005). She has performed all over Ontario, including Parliament Hill, Ottawa City Hall, Carleton and Ottawa University, Youth Conferences and at CODE.

Liz Winkelaar has been dancing since she was a young girl. Growing up in small town Ontario, she took lessons in ballet, jazz, and disco dancing. After becoming paralyzed in a motorcycle accident when she was 18, Liz concentrated on her family life (she has two children) and her career as an elementary school teacher. Later she earned a Masters degree in Canadian Studies at Carleton University, which led to an interest in disability art and culture and to an involvement in Propeller Dance. Liz strives to promote a strong voice for people with disabilities in the Ottawa arts community while continuing to study and practise contact improvisation and modern dance.

Amelia Griffin  After completing her studies in the Professional Ballet Training Program at the School of Dance, Amelia went on to graduate from the Professional Training Program in Contemporary Dance. Amelia has gone on to work with Toronto choreographer, Sameena Mitta for her piece REturn, in which Amelia has danced in its 2006, 2008 and 2009 presentations in Montréal, Ottawa and Toronto. In addition, Amelia dances for Dorsaledanse under the direction of Sylvie Desrosiers in her pieces ‘études intuitives’ 2008,‘Distances’ 2009, duet ‘épaves’ 2006, 2008 and 2009 and recently 'volte face' 2011. Amelia is also an interpreter for Tara Luz Danse under the direction of Anik Bouvrette, in which she dances in ‘Ce soufflé qui m’habite…’, first presented in Tara Luz’s inaugural show ‘EnvoL’ in 2008 as well as its next chapter, 'Les billes...' 2010 and 2011 at the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival. Most recently, she presented her self-choreographed solo 'Having Held You' at guerilla magazine's event at the NAC. Amelia is also an Ashtanga yoga instructor and Yoga Therapist.

All photographs by Rachel Gray.

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