Company Dancers

  • 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 alsoread more

    COMPANY DANCER (2007-present), Teaching Assistant

  • Sylvain Bouchard

    Sylvain has loved dance since childhood, although at first, it was his love of singing that brought him to the stage. He has performed in numerous stage shows as an actor, dancer, singer, and is also a DJ. Sylvain is thrilled to add integrated dance as another string to his bow and is proud toread more

    COMPANY DANCER (2013–present), teacher, Company Representative on Board of Directors (2017-present)

  • Robert Chartier

    Robert trained with DanceAbility and has performed with Propeller Dance since its creation. He has performed annually with Propeller Dance at their stage shows, and in Toronto, Kitchener, and Kingston. In 2018, Robert was mentored as part of our Emerging Choreographers with a Disability Program, and debuted his first choreography, My Mother’s mother’s mother’s motherread more

    COMPANY DANCER (2007-present)

  • 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

    COMPANY DANCER (2012-Present), ARTISTIC AND EDUCATION ASSISTANT

  • Moni Hoffman

    Moni Hoffman joined Propeller Dance in 2008. As a child, dance was always something Moni enjoyed, so when a friend told her about Propeller Dance, she couldn’t wait to get involved. Now Moni, along with being in the Company, co-teaches the growing Propeller Children’s Program and loves every minute of it. When Moni is notread more

    COMPANY DANCER (2008-present), Teacher

  • Jessie Huggett

    Jessie is glad to be back dancing with Propeller Dance after a break to heal from strokes and brain surgery. Before joining Propeller in 2007, she toured with Dandelion Dance Company and her work I Am, exploring Down syndrome and inclusion, is included in the I Can Dance a Better World curriculum. Jessie’s accomplishments include:read more

    COMPANY DANCER (2007-present), Teaching Assistant

  • 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

  • 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