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


  • 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


  • Jaime Alink

    Jaime 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 Propeller includingread more

    engagement and admin coordinator

  • 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 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 Ottawa Inuitread 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.  New ways of experiencing and viewing movement always invigorate her – particularly sensory discoveries for performance and multi-genre art. Lately, she is most excitedread more

    Co-Director, Choreographer, Teacher, Company Dancer