Education Team

  • Alejandro De Maio

    Alejandro co-taught the Saturday morning Propeller Dance Children’s class for several years. He has studied contact improvisation dance over the past fifteen years with teachers Peter Ryan, Alexis Andrew, Elizabeth MacKinnon, Steve Paxton, Andrew Harwood and Martin Keogh. Currently, Alejandro co-leads the Ottawa contact improvisation weekly jam at Ottawa Dance Directive. He has studied Body Mind […]


  • Amelia Griffin

    Amelia is an Ottawa-based contemporary dance artist, active in the community since graduating from The School of Dance in 2006. She is a proud company dancer for Propeller Dance, Tara Luz Danse, Dorsale Danse, and Platypus Theatre, and has presented her choreographies at La Nouvelle Scène, NAC’s 4th stage, and Arts Court Theatre. Amelia is […]

    COMPANY DANCER (2012-Present), TEACHER

  • Bella Bowes

    Bella is a core member of the Propeller Dance Company and has been dancing with the organization since the inception of DanceAbility in 2002. In 2011, she performed in Montreal at Studio 303 in Tracked. She enjoys working with children and volunteers as a teaching assistant with the Propeller Dance children’s program. She has also […]

    COMPANY DANCER (2007-present), Teaching Assistant

  • Geneviève Beaulieu

    After training in Indian classical dance for over ten years, Geneviève has created her own delicate interpretive dance style taking from various traditions. She feels blessed to be part of the Propeller Dance Family.

    dance partner specialist

  • Geoffrey Dollar

    Born in Winnipeg and raised in Ottawa, Geoff has grown up in an artistic environment which always supported and encouraged his involvement in the arts. His background comprises of Ballroom/Latin dancing, gymnastics, aerial silks, as well as playing the piano. He graduated from De-La-Salle High School with a Specialist High Skills Major in dance, and is currently studying at […]

    Dance partner specialist

  • Jessie Huggett

    Jessie began taking classes with Propeller Dance in 2005 and has been performing with the company since it began in 2007. Before joining Propeller, Jessie danced and performed with the Dandelion Dance Company and received recognition and awards for her dance, choreographic, and advocacy work, including the Jane Cameron Award (2005), the Spirit of the Capital […]

    COMPANY DANCER (2007-present), Teaching Assistant

  • Julie Anne Ryan

    Julie Anne Ryan is a dancer, teacher, translator and mother of three. She has danced for choreographers such as Sylvie Desrosiers and Anik Bouvrette, and participated in numerous dance projects as a performer, choreographer, and administrator. She has taught at The School of Dance and École de ballet Adagio, as well as for Propeller Dance […]

    Teacher, Guest Dancer

  • Kira Zanyk Davey

    Kira joined Propeller Dance in September 2014 as a Dance Partner Specialist in the Wednesday Adult Class and the Sunday Youth Class. After training in the Professional Ballet Programme at the School of Dance and completing a Summer Intensive Program in contemporary dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Kira has enjoyed the opportunity to […]

    dance partner specialist, social media

  • Liz Winkelaar

    Liz earned a Masters degree in Canadian Studies at Carleton University, which led to an interest in Disability Art and Culture and to involvement in Propeller Dance. She has trained with Alito Alessi in DanceAbility technique, and with Shara Weaver and Renata Soutter since 2005.

    COMPANY DANCER (2007-present), Teacher, Dance Company Representative on Board of Directors (2012-present)

  • Manon Blouin

    Manon dances with the Monday group and has participated in the Children’s program. She also coordinated the Silent Auction at Propeller’s annual gala for five years. She loves music, movement, and poetry, and is an active member of the performance art group Astronaut Love Triangle.

    dance partner specialist