Instructors / Staff

Our professionally trained teachers offer quality, educational classes.  All instructors are caring, energetic and well qualified with a commitment to their continued education.

sheila2Sheila Trost

Sheila Trost is the founder, artistic director, and choreographer for the Nationally and World ranked Energizers Dance Team. She is an accomplished dance instructor, judge, coach and award winning choreographer who has instructed all ages in pom, jazz, hip hop, kick and studio dance for the past 25 years. Known for her unique style and entertaining choreography, Sheila has choreographed National and World ranked routines. Sheila is a member of the National Education Association, WACPC, & USASF. She is certified as a USASF Safety Judge, and is a member of the Rules Committee, Regional, National and Worlds Advisory Board.

Sheila has won numerous awards for her talents as a coach and choreographer including National Coach of the Year and Director of the Year by Dance Spirit. In 2015, she was awarded the USASF Dance Coach of the Year. Sheila continues to serve as a certified adjudicator for events across the country.

Sheila holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Education. In addition, she has studied leadership and administration. Sheila continues her education by attending conferences, seminars and workshops in the dance industry. Her accomplished dance students have received numerous scholarships, perform with college dance programs around the nation, and are dancing professionally. Her alumni, faculty, and family are a continuous source of inspiration as she strives for excellence in and out of the classroom. Sheila has been teaching children for over twenty five years and her passion and enthusiasm for creating life long learners is evident in her classroom. She is a very energetic, positive and motivating teacher who sets her expectations high for every student.

jimJim Trost

Jim Trost is the co-owner of the Dream Center and a high school special education teacher. He is a national dance adjudicator, conditioning and strength coach for the Energizers Dance Team, and the Business Manager at the Dream Center. He earned his MBA in Special Education and his BS in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University.

Jim has been involved in the dance industry for over 20 years. In 2011, he was honored with the Dance Legacy award and was named as the 2010 UPA coach of the year. In addition to owning the Dream Center, he has been a head football coach for more than twenty years. Jim appreciates the athleticism and discipline that dance embodies, and brings a wealth of knowledge to the Dream Center and the Energizers Dance Team.

alexisAlexis Trost

Alexis is the founder and coach of the Energizers special needs dance team, the Dream Team. She is a member of the Energizers coaching staff and travels across the country as a dance instructor with MA Dance. Alexis has grown up in the world of dance and began dancing competitively at the age of six. She has earned several awards for her dancing including hundreds of national titles and has competed at the World level. With perseverance, dedication, and passion Alexis earned numerous world titles. She is a Bronze World Champion, three-time Silver World Champion and is a two-time Gold World Champion. She graduated through the energizer program and was a team captain since 2012. She has a passion for teaching children and dancing.

Currently she is studying to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education at Cardinal Stritch University. She enjoys learning and furthering her dance education by attending numerous dance conferences throughout the summer. She earned the honor of being selected as the 2014 USASF Gold Scholarship Winner at Worlds. This prestigious award is selected out of numerous senior cheerleaders and dancers. Alexis is a member of the USASF Special Needs Committee as well as the 2015 Class of USASF Young Leaders. Alexis has studied ballet, jazz, hip hop, pom, contemporary, lyrical, and kick.


Sarah Zeisser

Ms. Sarah is the former coach of the nationally ranked University of Wisconsin Dance Team and a former member of the nationally ranked University of Minnesota Dance Team.

Sarah acts as a choreographer and consultant for studio-based, elementary, high school, all-star and collegiate dance teams across the Midwest. Sarah is also a former instructor and choreographer for Universal Dance Association, and is a veteran judge for the National College Dance Team Championships and National High School Dance Team Championships hosted by UCA/UDA and televised on ESPN.

Sarah is an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Sarah has also provided commentary for the Wisconsin State Dance Team Competition with “When We Were Young” Productions and Fox Sports Wisconsin. Sarah possesses over 30 years of dance experience in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop, and pom pon. When Sarah is not teaching dance, she works as a registered nurse for St. Mary’s/Dean Venture Digestive Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Additional Staff

Cierra Trost

Variety Team Coach

Diane Ojala

Director of Communications

Ginny Allar

Administrative Assistant

Jamie Rutley

DC Rhinestone Specialist

Kym Immel

Studio Staff

Melissa Landon

DC Assistant