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 Inuit Children’s Centre and Royal Ottawa Place. Her influences include the natural world, extensive travel, and a strong belief in the power and beauty of diverse cultural expression. Renata graduated from Concordia University in 2001 with a BFA in Contemporary Dance, going on to specialize in integrated dance through her training with Candoco in London UK and Alito Alessi. She is a Diamond Jubilee recipient for her work in integrated dance (2012) and recently completed the Ivey School leadership program.