From the first time that I headed from the GCTC office down to the studio to unlock the doors and greet participants for Propeller Dance Company classes, I knew it would be one of my favourite parts of the day.


Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, Propeller company members and dance and theatre professionals gather to learn from experts on a variety of subjects and skills. What strikes me as an observer of these classes is that participants come ready and eager to learn, and end the class refreshed and inspired.


Company Dancer and Artistic Associate Liz Winkelaar states, “I find that the variety and quality of the Propeller Company classes has really helped me strengthen my body and also my repertoire as a dancer. This is a great opportunity to dance with the Propeller Company while learning from the excellent guest teachers and experts that have been brought to us. Everything from West African dance to theater skills to Gyrokinesis - all taught by top-notch artists, each lesson is unique”.


GCTC’s own Hugh Neilson teaches Theatre Skills to the group. They have been using improvisation and other theatrical forms to explore intentions behind written text and language, and what motivates characters. “This is challenging work and it is being met with enthusiasm, commitment and joy,” says Hugh. “I have rarely worked with such a rewarding group as Propeller Dance. The trust and support of each other in the room is allowing for incredible creativity and learning”.


Sylvain Bouchard, who is a Company dancer, and also teaching an upcoming company class in Wheelchair Dance, emphasizes how company classes stand out  from others “because of the open-mindedness of teachers and the professionals to improve dance skills”. Indeed, throughout Propeller’s activities, be it company pieces, or recreational dance class, there is an emphasis on integration for dancers of all abilities, and the personal creative process is far from stifled.


If you have ever considered the skills you would learn in working with a diverse group on a variety of skills and techniques, these classes will provide that opportunity and challenge you to see your movement and performance in a new way. We encourage you to join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays; you will leave ready to face the rest of the week and the mental or creative challenges that may be currently holding you back!


All Company classes are open to dance and theatre professionals.


Drop in fee: $15/class or pay-what-you-can


All classes are from 10:00-11:30am in the GCTC studio


Thurs Jan 25

Theatre Skills

Instructor: Hugh Neilson


Tues Jan 30

Wheelchair Dance

Instructor: Sylvain Bouchard


Thurs Feb 1

Theatre Skills

Instructor: Hugh Neilson


Tues Feb 6


Instructor: Sioned Watkins


Thurs Feb 8

Theatre Skills

Instructor: Hugh Neilson


Award-winning Propeller Dance is a leader in creating, performing and teaching integrated contemporary dance.


Led by Artistic Co-Directors Shara Weaver and Renata Soutter, the Company’s compelling performances and unique training programs foster an integrated approach to dance, art-making and artistic expression. Disability is a difference in human experience rather than a limitation, lack of ability or something to overcome.


Propeller Dance is now in its third year as Company-in-Residence at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC).