Bella Bowes 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 hasread more
Jessie Huggett 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 accomplishmentsread more
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.
Moni Hoffman joined Propeller Dance in 2008. As a child, Moni loved dance and music, so when a friend told her about Propeller Dance, Moni could not wait to get involved. Now, Moni dances with the company and co-teaches the growing Children’s recreational class. Moni also showcased her second work, Imago Dei, as part of Propeller Dance’sread more
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
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
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
Sylvain Bouchard 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 proudread more