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Sauk Prairie Dancing with the Stars 2019

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019  2pm and 7pm

at the Sauk Prairie River Arts Center (105-9th St, Prairie du Sac)


Eight of Sauk Prairie’s very own celebrities will partner up with professional ballroom dancers and compete for the “Mirror Ball Trophy.”  This is a must-see event!

Both the 2pm and 7pm shows will be the same.  However, the winner will be chosen by the judges and the audience, so be sure to come and vote!

Meet the Celebrities!

Meet the Professionals!

Meet Your Hosts!

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Tywana German:

Hailing from Sweet Home Alabama, Tywana German guarantees the audience a fun and memorable evening with her wit and humor.  Tywana became a Wisconsinite in 2009 and has spent the last 10 years as Executive Director of the Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce.  She makes her home in Prairie du Sac with her husband Les, two children (Elizabeth and Ben) and an English Bulldog named Sadie.  Tywana has over 25 years in community planning and human service, working in communities in Florida, Virginia and Wisconsin.  Over the last two decades, Tywana has enjoyed watching Dancing with the Stars, and is ready to give attendees an excellent Sauk Prairie show as she returns for her 2nd year of hosting.   While she admits she has no dance experience, she feels she knows how to work the audience, get them engaged and calm the nerves of our local dancers.

Her advice for tonight’s celebrities – “First Impressions Are Everything!  That first moment on stage has to captivate the crowd with excellent costuming, eye contact and just having FUN! Own your dance, the music and make every step count!”


Travis Hilliard:

Travis is a 93′ UWSP graduate and spent 24 years working as a Wisconsin Deputy Conservation Warden. In 1994, he was hired by the Sauk Prairie Police Department and has been working in Sauk Prairie for 25 years. He also spent 10 years on the Sauk County SWAT team. Travis is a department firearms and defense and arrest tactics instructor. He has been married to his wife Missy for 21 years and they have two children, Ben and Ellie.

However, one of Travis’s greatest accomplishments in his 25 years in Sauk Prairie was competing for the Mirror Ball Trophy in Sauk Prairie’s first Dancing with the Stars in 2017.  Although Travis didn’t win, he did leave a lasting impression.


Photo by Ziegler Photography

Meet the Judges!

Sherry Schad:

Sherry Schad has been dancing since the age of 3.  She completed her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth where she also achieved a minor in dance and French as well as a coaching certification.  Sherry was the UMD cheer captain for 3 years in college as well.  She has owned and operated dance studios in Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.  She has had more than 29 years of teaching experience.  Sherry has competed at regional and national dance competitions with multiple first place finishes.  For the past 17 years she has lived in Sauk Prairie with her husband Todd (who has two left feet) and her wonderful children Ethan 19 and Ella 17.  She owns and operates Center Stage Dance Academy in Sauk City.  When she is not developing new works of performance art Sherry is organizing activities for her family and friends.  Sherry enjoys running, surfing and supporting her family in all of their activities.


Jennifer Gulsvig:

Jennifer Gulsvig is a 2002 graduate of Luther College, in Decorah, IA and received her masters from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2008. She was a vocal music teacher for 14 years. She taught in Waconia, MN at Clearwater Middle School for 3 years, Tomah High School for 1 year, and at Lincoln/SOTA II/Coulee Montessori Middle School in La Crosse, WI for 10 years. Jennifer spent the last three years as a free-lance choreographer, clinician, and adjudicator and loved doing clinic work with various middle and high school choirs and show choirs across the midwest. She is very excited to be back in the classroom this fall at Sauk Prairie Middle School, in Sauk City, WI. Jennifer will continue to choreograph for a few schools this fall as well as be a guest clinician and adjudicator whenever possible. She is one of two directors for the middle level honor choir in Northern Wisconsin, and is the head director at the Shell Lake Show choir camp. During the summer Jennifer is on staff at Showchoir Camps of America.


Jay Morth:

Jay Morth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Baywith a Bachelor of the Arts degree. He started ballroom dancing at a young age, but really started to enjoy the art of ballroom dancing his sophomore year in college at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley. He has been dancing ever since and volunteered teaching at DanceSport of Green Bay from 2009 to 2012.

Jay is the owner of Ballroom by Jay, LLC, as well as working as an employee at Get Out and Dance. He has received his Bronze level of certification in all of the DVIDA American Style Dances from Valley Social’s Ballroom Dance Teachers College in Menasha. Outside of teaching, Jay spends time competing and lumberjacking.