Sheila Ruotolo, mother of three, has been with the Marion County School board since 2003. She is the founder and director of the Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts Dance department. Sheila 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. She also directs the HMS Dancers of Howard Middle School.
Formerly the Ballet Mistress for the Marion Performing Ballet, 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. Sheila 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. Sheila was also the Ballet, Tap, and Modern teacher at Extensions Dance Studio and was the director for the Ocala Ballet Theatre. "Miss Sheila's" goal of enriching her students through dance education has lead her to open her own studio where she can provide a high quality performance standard which impacts both the audience and the performing artists themselves.