Todd Sharp is the winningest coach in the dance world. He holds 15 national championships and won a double national title in 2016 with the University of Louisville Ladybirds. In addition to being head coach of the University of Louisville Ladybirds Dance Team and spirit squad, he has simultaneously led the Floyd Central Dazzlers to more than 100 wins and 21 national championships, including 10 straight Universal Dance Association National Dance Team Championship titles in a row.
This impressive streak by the “gentle tyrant” is in part because of his exacting perfectionism and his hard fought coaching style. He’s imposing, demanding, and wickedly funny. He’s a fiercely passionate person who serves as a second dad to the girls on his team. They come to him with every crisis. It’s impossible for him not to get involved in their lives because all of their lives revolve around dance. His driving motivation is to help these young women excel in ways they’d never dreamed.
Originally from Floyds Knobs, Indiana, he graduated from Floyd Central High School the same school where he now coaches. Initially Sharp was approached by a friend to help coach the Dazzlers. It was supposed to be a one-time thing but when a position opened up he decided to apply and the rest is history. He thought he’d coach for one or two years later but twenty years later, he credits coaching as one of the greatest things that has happened to him and keeping him young. After coaching the Dazzlers for a few years Sharp opened Planet Dance Studio. Planet Dance All-Stars is now a competition dance studio for students ages 3 years to collegiate. The studio is the permanent training home for the Dazzlers and the Ladybirds. He is also the father of two sons, Cameron and Collin.