Administrative Team

  • Allison Burns

    Allison Burns is a choreographer, dancer, educator, and producer. She is thrilled to be a working with Propeller once again. As a passionate performing arts professional, she promotes dance awareness and comprehension through showcases, workshops, talks, and podcasts. She has choreographed and performed in multidisciplinary projects, dance works, and commissions. Recent creations involve polarizing groups,read more

    administration and communications coordinator

  • Amelia Griffin

    Amelia is a contemporary dance artist driven by innovation and inclusion. In addition to Propeller Dance, she has performed with Dorsale Danse, Tara Luz Danse, and Platypus Theatre locally, nationally, and internationally. Her choreographic work has been presented at La Nouvelle Scène (‘allied pickfords’), Arts Court Theatre (‘feelers’, ‘UKnadian’), NAC’s 4th stage (‘Having Held You’),read more


  • Cate Proctor

    Cate Proctor MBA successfully guides performing arts venues, arts service organizations, arts cooperatives, and festivals in strategic planning, operations, audience development, fundraising, marketing, and governance initiatives. She purposefully advances financial stability, public engagement, and positive organizational cultures that grow both audiences and arts programming. In 2020, her company, Proctor Shift Consulting, published Leverage the Artsread more

    Interim Managing Director

  • Geneviève Beaulieu

    Geneviève Beaulieu is an interpretive dancer from Québec. Inspired by Indian classical dance, Geneviève uses dance to tell stories, express poetry and emotions. For the past decade, she has been collaborating with sitar maestro Anwar Khurshid promoting cultural diversity and has performed in numerous venues and festivals in Canada, the United States and India. Inread more

    Assistant to the Recreation Director, teacher, dance partner specialist, guest dancer

  • Jaime Alink

    Jaime Alink is an arts & culture administrator and enthusiast. Holding a Master’s degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University, she has worked and volunteered extensively in Ottawa’s vibrant festival industry with RBC Bluesfest, CityFolk,  Ottawa Festivals, Ottawa Beer Fest, Fierte Dans la Capital Pride, and more. Jaime wears multiple hats at Propellerread more

    development and admin manager

  • 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.

    Artistic Associate, COMPANY DANCER (2007-present), Teacher

  • Renata Soutter

    A co-founder of Propeller Dance, Renata Soutter has dedicated her professional career to socially-engaged dance innovation through creation, performance, community outreach, and education. Numerous creations for Propeller include Living the Desirable Life (2017), The Wild Life (2017),  Flesh and Spokes (2015), Drifting Up (2013), a commission by Dusk Dances Ottawa, and collaborations with the Ottawaread more

    Co-Director, Choreographer, Teacher, Company Dancer

  • Shara Weaver

    After attending the National Ballet School in Toronto, Shara’s “egg cracked” wide open to what dance can be with dance partners with disabilities in Ottawa and through travels in West Africa.  She is always invigorated by new ways of experiencing and viewing movement – particularly sensory discoveries for performance and multi-genre art. Lately, she isread more

    Co-Director, Choreographer, Teacher, Company Dancer