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

  • Jessie Huggett

    Jessie began taking classes with Propeller Dance in 2005 and has been performing with the company since it began in 2007. Before joining Propeller, Jessie danced and performed with the Dandelion Dance Company and received recognition and awards for her dance, choreographic, and advocacy work, including the Jane Cameron Award (2005), the Spirit of the Capitalread more

    COMPANY DANCER (2007-present), Teaching Assistant

  • 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, Dance Company Representative on Board of Directors (2012-present)

  • Moni Hoffman

    Moni has been dancing with Propeller Dance since 2008. As one of three choreographers selected for Propeller’s Emerging Choreographer’s Program, Moni received training to create, produce, and dance her original piece Behind the Mask. Moni also delights in using both dance and choreography in her worship of God both at home and in church. Forread more

    COMPANY DANCER (2008-present), Teacher

  • Renata Soutter

    Renata Soutter is Co-Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Propeller Dance. She has dedicated her professional career to socially-engaged dance innovation through creation, performance, community outreach, and education. Her numerous professional creations for Propeller Dance include Drifting Up (2013), Flesh and Spokes (2015), a commission by Dusk Dances Ottawa, and community collaborations with the Ottawa Inuitread more

    Co-Director, Choreographer, Teacher, Company Dancer

  • Robert Chartier

    Robert trained with DanceAbility and has performed with Propeller Dance since its creation. He is a teaching assistant for classes and has been an integral part of demonstration performances and workshops in schools. He has performed annually with Propeller Dance at their stage shows in Ottawa, Toronto, Kitchener, and Kingston, and loves to motivate peopleread more

    COMPANY DANCER (2007-present), Teaching Assistant

  • Shara Weaver

    Shara Weaver is one-half of the creative and administrative force behind Propeller Dance. She choreographs, writes grants, teaches dance, strategizes organizational development and takes the lead on certain projects such as Propeller’s weekly Children’s program for 4-12 year olds.

    Co-Director, Choreographer, Teacher, Company Dancer

  • Sylvain Bouchard

    Sylvain has loved dance since childhood, although it has been his love of singing that has brought him to the stage most often. He has performed in numerous stage shows as an actor and singer. He is also a DJ and has been a theatre technician. He is thrilled to have discovered Propeller Dance andread more

    COMPANY DANCER (2013–present), teacher