• Aamina Badran

    Aamina Badran is a freelance artist and costume designer. She studied Creative Fashion Design at George Brown College. She seeks rewarding jobs that fill a need, solve a problem, and make people feel good. Some of her recent works include custom wardrobes, garden hats, a children’s collection, and costume design for the Propeller Dance company.


  • Alan Shain

    Alan is a multi disciplinary performance artist working in-stand-up comedy, theatre, dance, and storytelling. He has toured extensively across North America, England, and Australia performing in venues such as the Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts and for events such as the Paralympian Arts Festival. Alan is one of the co-founders of Propeller Dance along […]


  • Angel Araos

    Angel is a Chilean-born percussionist whose career has spanned classical, jazz, folk, Brazilian, and Cuban music. He has performed widely in Canada and South America with numerous ensembles, and has also played for various modern dance classes in Ottawa. Angel is the recipient of a Juno award in the “world music” category as a member of the group “Ancient Cultures.” With […]

    Composer, Musician

  • Darryl Bennet

    Darryl has been Propeller’s lighting designer for the last two years, designing for Flesh & Spokes (May 2015) and ROAR (June 2016). He has also worked with GCTC since 2008 as a part of the production team, including Head of Lights, carpenter, and the first Studio Assistant Technical Director. Recently Darryl has designed lights for GCTC’s […]

    Lighting Designer

  • Dominique Saint-Pierre

    Dominique has been composing and performing music and sound design for dance, theatre, and TV for most of his life. He loves to create an organic mix of keyboards, traditional percussion, voice, and electronics. He’s toured North America and Europe with his bands, as an accompanist, and with projects like Propeller Dance, Le Groupe de […]

    Composer, Musician


    DRUMHAND was founded by percussionists David Chan, Larry Graves, and Steve Mancuso in 2008, combining the circuitous rhythms of warm climates with the jazz-imbued horn work of Marcus Ali and Rebecca Hennessy. With layered drumming and poly-meter at the core, many of DRUMHAND’s accessible and edgy compositions feature the one-stringed ‘stomach harp’ of Brazil or […]


  • Jason Sonier

    Jason has been with Propeller Dance’s Children’s program since its origins in 2003. He has attended the Music Performance program at Carleton University, and graduated at the top of his class at the Audio Recording Academy in 1999. A multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer, Jason currently is working on solo music projects, on a music and […]

    Composer, Musician

  • Jesse Stewart

    Jesse is an award-winning composer, improviser, percussionist, visual artist, instrument builder, researcher, writer, and educator, dedicated to reimagining the spaces between artistic disciplines. As a musician, he works primarily in the areas of jazz, new music, and free improvisation. Jesse is currently a member of Stretch Orchestra (with Kevin Breit and Matt Brubeck), a group that […]

    Composer, Musician

  • Larry Graves

    Larry is a Juno-nominated multi-percussionist, drummer and composer. He has dedicated himself to innovation, exploring rhythm-based performance traditions from around the world through study, creation, and teaching. After studying performance and composition at the Berklee College of Music, he was charmed by the deep sounds and wondrous poly-rhythms of West Africa. In 2011, Larry returned to […]

    Composer, Musician

  • Mark Rehder

    Most of the time you’ll find Mark hunched over his drums and various devices creating music for the Propeller dancers, and he also does tech work (sound, lights, music) for the school workshops and performances. Outside of Propeller, he is involved in various musical endeavours such as the Ottawa Jazz Orchestra, the orchestra for Orpheus […]

    Composer, Musician, School Shows