Thursday, March 25, 2010

New Workshop Series - WHEELS, MOTION, ENERGY

Propeller Dance announces a new 4-week workshop series for people with physical disabilities - Open to wheelchair users and people who use walkers and other types of mobility aides.

The workshops will be facilitated by Alan Shain and Liz Winkelaar and using improvisation concepts and techniques, we will explore movement which emanates from our bodies as disabled people. Classes will involve a combination of games and exercises with live music accompaniment by Rory Magill.

When: Mondays from 5:15 – 6:45pm; April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17

Where: The gymnasium, Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre
Para Transpo drop off: 505 Smyth
OC Transpo routes 106&16 Both are low floor routes

: $10 per class or $35 for the 4-week session [Subsidies are available]

SPECIAL INTRO WORKSHOP: Come out and see what Propeller Dance is all about!

April 13, 6-8pm, The gymnasium, Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre

For questions and to register contact:

  • Alan Shain - alanshain at or 613-234-5742 or
  • Liz Winkelaar - winkelaar at or 613-523-0050

Limited to 15 participants. Please register in advance.

A volunteer will be available to offer limited support to participants with class activities
Personal attendants and support workers are welcome at no extra charge

Workshop Facilitators:

Alan Shain is one of the co-founders of Propeller Dance. His performance disciplines include dance, theatre, storytelling, and stand-up comedy – all specific to the representation of the lived experience of disability. Alan has been a touring artist for the past 20-years garnering both national and international acclaim. Through performance, he aims to dispel myths and stereotypes about disabled people.

Liz Winkelaar has been studying and performing with Propeller Dance since 2005. Growing up in small town Ontario, she took lessons in ballet, jazz, and disco dancing. After becoming paralyzed in a motorcycle accident when she was 18, Liz concentrated on her family life and her career as an elementary school teacher. Later she earned a Masters degree in Canadian Studies at Carleton University, which led to an interest in disability art and culture and to an involvement in Propeller Dance. Liz strives to promote a strong voice for people with disabilities in the Ottawa arts community.

… and show us whatcha got!

Special thanks to the Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre.
Propeller Dance thanks the generous support of the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council.