Artistic Directors

Shara Weaver

Shara is co-founder and co-artistic/co-executive director of Propeller Dance. She received her DanceAbility Teacher Training Certificate in Eugene, Oregon from Alito Alessi in 2005.  A dancer from a young age, Shara has extensive experience teaching and performing improvisational and West African dance.  She has performed in Canada Dance Festivals, Square Zero Independent Dance Festivals, NAC Fourth Stage, Studio 303, Cube Gallery and various clubs and arts venues in and around Ottawa.  She has been a MASC artist for 7 years.  Shara Weaver co-founded and directed the DanceAbility Program and has been an Outreach Administrator for The School of Dance and was a consultant for Human Resources Development Canada for five years.  She has a co-operative BA psychology degree from the University of Guelph.

Renata Soutter

Renata is co-founder and co-artistic / executive director of Propeller Dance. She is an experienced integrated dance artist and has trained with Candoco in London UK (Thanks to the support of The Canada Council for the Arts) and also with Alito Alessi / DanceAbility International, and has been invited to show work in professional theatre venues as well as present at international and national conferences. She graduated from Concordia University in 2001 with a BFA in Contemporary Dance. Prior to this, since 2002, she worked for The School of Dance as co-director of the DanceAbility Performing Group. As well, she developed and taught one of the City of Ottawa’s first community arts dance programs for people with disability. She has choreographed and performed dance works in the Canada Dance Festival, Square Zero Independent Dance Festivals, NAC Fourth Stage, fFIDA, Montreal Fringe Festival, Studio 303, Dance Network, Bread and Puppet Theatre. She has been a core member of the Grasshoppa Dance Exchange and is also an experienced dance educator and has been invited by the National Arts Centre’s music education department to create dance for a pilot school residency project. She holds a certificate in expressive arts therapy from Algonquin College and a BA in comparative development from Trent University. Along with her work as a dance artist, Renata also worked at the National Arts Centre as Dance Outreach Coordinator, and previously as Communications Director at MASC. She lives in Gatineau QC, near the hills.  

All photographs by Rachel Gray.

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