Barrier Free/ Diverse Abilities Dance




Creation Methods with Propeller Dance - Two day workshop series open to artists

When? Tuesday March 3rd, 1-4pm and Wednesday March 4th, 1-4pm                                                           

Where? Community Room, 150 Dan Leckie Way (but arrive and gather downstairs at Jumblies Studio, The Ground Floor, 132 Fort York Blvd)                                                                                                                    

Accessibility: Space is wheelchair accessible. For other accessibility needs, please inquire when registering.

Join Propeller Dance Co-Director Shara Weaver and guest artist Frank Hull for two afternoons of inclusive dance making. Experience an inclusive creation process exploring a theme, utilizing contemporary dance improvisation and technique, sensory investigation and choreography. Day 2 will grow on our learnings from Day 1, including a sharing of our work and an introduction to Propeller Dance's repertoire Spasticus (Liz Winkelaar). Please let the organizers know of any specific needs you may have. Support personnel are welcome to attend. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water!

To register: Email or call 416 203 8428


Propeller Dance Community Workshop -

Open to community participants from Jumblies, Tangled, DanceWorks,Workman Arts                                                                                                                                        

When? Thursday March 5th, 1-4pm                                                                                                            

Where? Community Room, 150 Dan Leckie Way (but arrive and gather downstairs at Jumblies Studio, The Ground Floor, 132 Fort York Blvd)                                                                                                                       

Accessibility: Space is wheelchair accessible. For other accessibility needs, please inquire when registering.

An introductory movement workshop for all bodies and minds. Explore dance concepts such as space, patterning and musicality using improvisation and contemporary dance techniques. Support personnel are welcome. Please let the organizers know of any specific needs you may have.

To register: Email or call 416 203 8428

About Propeller Dance

Since 2007, Propeller Dance has been at the vanguard of Canadian dance as an integrated contemporary dance company showcasing the power and beauty of diverse bodies and minds. We are both a professional performing company and dance training organization.

Shara Weaver is co-founder of Propeller Dance with Renata Soutter. A former student of the National Ballet School, Shara began widening her perceptions of what dance can be by dancing with artists with disabilities and dancers in West Africa. Her works with Propeller Dance include a mental health themed work Frame of Mind, Circuit (Propeller’s new dance film), Deliverables and Ebb and Flow. She has studied integrated dance and disability arts with Alito Alessi (USA), Lindsay Eales of Cripsie (AB), Corpuscule Danse (QC), MomoDance Theatre (AB), Miriam Rother (Israel) and Jurg Koch (UK).

Frank Hull is a Toronto-based professional artist who has distinguished himself as one of Canada's most prominent power wheelchair choreographers and dancers. His most recent work includes contributing a commissioned digital narrative, OCCUPY THIS, to Stage Left Production's national co-creation, HIGH ART: DRUGS, DISABILITY AND DASTARDLY DEEDS. He's now expanding his performance repertoire into physical theatre, in Stage Left's QueerCrip production, HOMO/EROTIC and Le Crip Blu.:



Photo Credits: Propeller Dance

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Barrier Free Venues (performances/workshops/classes)

AKI Studio Theatre/Native Earth Performing Arts, 585 Dundas St E., Toronto

Dancemakers Centre for Creation, 15 Case Goods Lane, Studio 312, Toronto

Harbourfront Centre (Fleck Dance Theatre/Harbourfront Centre Theatre/Studio Theatre/Brigantine Room)

Intergalactic Arts Collective

Miles Natal JCC/ Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

Pia Bouman Studios

Trinity St. Paul's Church

Integrated and Disabled Dance Companies* & Performers (Ontario)

Abilities Arts Festival, Toronto

Dance Ability Movement, Mississauga

Maxine Heppner (Dancer/Choreographer)

Peggy Baker (Dancer/Choreographer)

Picasso PRO

Propeller Dance, Ottawa

Spirit Synott (Actor/Dancer/Performer)

Wheel Dance, Toronto

* Note: most listed companies are not led by Disabled Artists.

However to access Canada Council funding, it is a specific requirement.


Dancing with Parkinsons, Toronto

Dancing with Parkinson’s at Quinte Ballet School of Canada,

Miles Natal JCC/Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave., Toronto

EveryBody Dance! (workshop at JCC http://mnjcc,org)

Maxine Heppner classes at Intergalactic Arts Collective/Trinity St. Paul's & Pia Bouman Studios

The Dance Ability Movement

offering classes/workshops at the following studios: 

Dance Elite Studio for the Arts - Milton

June Lawrence Sch. of Dance - Mississauga

The Dance Workshop - Alliston

Ballare Studio Dance - Hamilton/Ancaster

J'Danse Studio - Scarborough

Elite Dance Corps - Bradford

JCB Danceworks - Richmond Hill

The School of Toronto Dance Theatre  Creative Movement Made for Me with Michelle Silagy

SICA Wheel Dance Hour long wheel dance latin class (see mnjcc,org) http://mnjcc,org

Dance with Kelly (Kelly Morden)

Dance Possibilities

Additional Information


Grants Available

The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has expanded the eligibility criteria for Deaf artists and artists with disabilities who require accessibility support to complete an OAC-funded project. These changes reflect OAC’s commitment to removing barriers to participating in and accessing the arts.

Individuals/groups already eligible

  • Individual applicants who identify as Deaf or as having a disability.

  • Ad hoc groups or collectives with one or more members who are Deaf or who have a disability.

Expanded eligibility criteria

  • Incorporated organizations that are Deaf or disability-led (e.g. board/staff who are Deaf or identify as having a disability) and have a mandate to serve and involve Deaf artists and artists with disabilities.

  • Eligible expenses can now include making a project accessible to audiences, participants or learners involved in the project.

  • Requests for these funds can now be made after the point of application by contacting program staff.

More about accessibility funds

  • Accessibility funds can be used to support activities that occur at any point in the project.

  • Applicants may request these funds in an application to any of OAC’s project programs.

Additional resources


Janice Lambrakos, Information Services Coordinator

416-969-7429 | toll-free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7429


Angela Britto, Equity, Diversity and Accessibility Coordinator

416-961-1660 ext. 5171 | toll-free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058, ext. 5171

Positive Changes to Rules at ODSP & OW re Grants to Disabled Artists

See article under Dance News dated March 2, 2018