Collaborators

  • Jenn Abrams

    Jenn has always enjoyed the arts – from visual to theatre to singing in school, church, and community groups. Her two current passions include jewellery design and integrated dance. She discovered her love for dance eight years ago when she went to her first recreational class with Propeller Dance. She enjoys inspiring opportunities offered byread more

    dance partner specialist, guest dancer

  • 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.” Withread more

    Composer, Musician

  • 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

    teacher, dance partner specialist, guest dancer

  • 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 atread more

    guest dancer, teacher

  • Mike Essoudry

    Mike as been involved with Propeller Dance since its inception and for several years before that with DanceAbility.  Most often with Propeller, he can be seen composing and performing for our Wednesday adult class and at our community events. He is an active drummer with many different groups in the Ottawa area: from folk toread more

    Composer, Musician

  • Frank Hull

    Frank Hull is an established, professional artist who proudly lives with cerebral palsy and madness, embraces his Mi’kmaq heritage, and celebrates his gay identity. Over the past fifteen years Hull has distinguished himself as one of Canada’s most prominent power wheelchair choreographers and dancers. Hull’s artistic vision is to reveal the impacts of trauma andread more

    guest artist

  • 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 Orpheusread more

    Composer, Musician

  • 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 alongread more

    Co-FOUNDER, guest artist

  • Jesse Stewart

    Jesse Stewart is a composer, musician, visual artist, researcher, and educator. His music has been documented on over twenty recordings including Stretch Orchestra’s self-titled debut album, which was honoured with the 2012 “Instrumental Album of the Year” Juno award. His music has been performed at festivals throughout Canada, in Europe and in the United Statesread more

    Composer, Musician

  • Surraya Aziz

    Surraya Aziz is a Guest Dancer and Mentee with Propeller Dance. She has been dancing since age 5, primarily training in ballet, tap and jazz. At age 18 she began dancing hip hop. She has trained with various urban dance troupes in the city such as Culture Shock Ottawa and Pulse N’ Limited. She isread more

    rehearsal assistant, guest dancer