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...a mother of three, she received her Professional Certificate with the Marion County School board in 2003 and is the founder and director of the Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts dance department. She is a true advocate of a multi-disciplinary educational approach as her students study a diverse spectrum including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, African, Hip-Hop, Modern/Contemporary, and Multi-Cultural Dance. She has two performance groups Les Premieres and ENCORE which she co-directs with the Music Department. Their focus is to use dance as a performance medium within the community as part of the school's outreach program. She also directs the HMS Dancers of Howard Middle School as a way to bridge the gap between elementary and high school dance in the Marion County School system. Formerly, the Ballet Mistress for the Marion Ballet Theatre, she has had a diverse career as both a performing artist and a choreographer in works such as Swan Lake, La Bayadere, The Stone Flower, Le Corsaire, Pirates of Penzance, Mack and Mabel, Cabaret, Sound of Music, Dames at Sea, and Man of La Mancha. She is most noted for her performances as the Mouse King, Hot Chocolate, Uncle Drosselmeyer in the Nutcracker and the narrator in A Midsummer's Night Dream. Currently the owner of Dance by Sheila, she is also the artistic director for Sheila Ruotolo Dance Company. "Miss Sheila's" goal is to enrich her students through dance education by striving for a high quality performance standard which impacts both the audience and the performing artists themselves.