Education Team

  • 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

  • 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

  • Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson

    Elizabeth Emond-Stevenson is an emerging franco-ontarienne dance artist & writer from Orléans, ON / unceded Algonquin territories. Within the realms of dance and writing her occupations include choreography, performance, education and production, as well as poetry and nonfiction. She creates under the moniker TAKE UP SPACE. Elizabeth’s work has been presented/supported through platforms such asread more

    TEACHER, Dance Partner Specialist

  • 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

  • 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

    teaching assistant

  • 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

  • Kira Zanyk Davey

    Kira joined Propeller Dance in September 2014 as a Dance Partner Specialist in the Wednesday Adult Class and the Sunday Youth Class. After training in the Professional Ballet Programme at the School of Dance and completing a Summer Intensive Program in contemporary dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Kira has enjoyed the opportunity toread more

    teacher, dance partner specialist

  • 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

  • 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

  • Randy Schmucker

    Randy took an interest in the arts in Grade 9, joining theatre and dance classes both in and outside of school. He pursued his special interest in contemporary, jazz and hip-hop dance, later assisting and teaching both curricular and extracurricular dance troupes and at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School. He graduated in 2015 with aread more

    Teacher