Thunder Dance Team

Thunder Dance Team

The High Voltage Dance Team are among the most active and visible groups on campus, including dancing on the sidelines, performing halftime of football and basketball games, making public appearances at community and regional events.

The High Voltage Dance Team consists of young women who enjoy promoting school spirit, creating enthusiasm and entertaining fans at Thunder athletic events. Whether the ladies are performing short band dances on the sidelines with the band or halftime performances that range from jazz, hip-hop and contemporary routines the ladies are sure to entertain.

Incoming freshman are eligible to earn the Trine University Dance Scholarship! Freshmen who make the squad are eligible to earn a $1000 scholarship for each year that they remain on the Dance team.

Want to dance for Trine? The High Voltage Dance Team holds tryouts each spring for the upcoming year. Tryouts are a one day process that consist of an across the floor combination followed by a short jazz and hip-hop routine. Anyone interested in trying out should contact head coach Shea Sims.

2020-21 Tryouts

*UPDATE* Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the High Voltage Dance Team will move to video submissions for their 2020-21 tryouts.

To participate fill out the registration form below and email it to Coach Shea at Information on submitting your video will be provided upon completion of your registration. All registrations are due by Friday, April 17.

Any further questions should be directed to Coach Shea by phone (260.665.4589) or email.


2019-20 Outlook

After a two years pause from competing, High Voltage members are excited to bring competitive dance back to their program. The team will be competing for the first time in program history at the NDA College Nationals in April.

The ladies began their season with a home technique camp where the team worked on technical skills and learned routines for their season. The ladies also participated in several team bonding activities with one another before their big move to campus.

The team looks forward to volunteering in the community as well as supporting another winning Thunder football season at all home games. As fall comes to a close, the dancers will be ever present at winter sports including men's basketball where the team performs at all halftimes. The women are filled with new energy, a passion to dance and are looking forward to supporting Thunder athletics.

2019-20 Clinics

The Trine University cheer and dance programs have announced a pair of camps geared toward children, ages five to 12, that will be taking place in February 2020.

The dance team will host their Storm Troopers Dance Camp on Saturday, February 8 while the cheer team will host their Little Bolts Cheer Camp on Saturday, February 22. Both camps will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Attendees will receive instruction from the Trine University coaching staff and student-athletes during which they will choreograph a halftime performance. Following the instruction period, the attendees will join the Thunder squads for a varsity basketball game where they will participate in team runouts and halftime performances.

The camps will cost $35 for each attendee. That cost includes a t-shirt, memory DVD and entry to the basketball game for both the attendee and guests. Both camps will be held in Hershey Hall with performances taking place in the MTI Center.

Interested parties can contact head coach Shea Sims with questions or to register by email or phone at 260.665.4589. Online registration is also available. More information is available on the camp flyer.

The deadline for registration is Wednesday, February 5 for the February 8 camp and Wednesday, February 19 for the February 19 camp. T-shirts cannot be guaranteed after the registration deadline.



Head Coach

Head coach Shea Sims came to the dance floor in 2012.

Sims is entering her eighth season with the High Voltage Dance Team. After three Can-Am National titles with H.V.D.T Sims is excited for their next journey with NDA.  

In her eight seasons at Trine Sims has seen three National titles, two in jazz and one in hip hop. Sims credits the program’s success to creating a family atmosphere and pushing strength in technique and talent.

Sims was a member of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers for three seasons while earning at Masters in Public Relations at Ball State University. Prior to dancing for professional basketball, Coach Sims was a Division I cheerleader and captain for Bowling Green State University where she earned a degree in Journalism Broadcasting. She has coached and choreographed nationally recognized teams for more than twenty years. Coach Sims was also a part of Universal Cheerleaders Association during her collegiate career.

Coach Sims resides in Fort Wayne with her husband Ryan and their son.



Name Yr. Hometown/High School
Andrea Davenport Fr. Downers Grove, Ill. / South
Olivia Drerup Fr. Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble
Kaylyn Forrest Jr. Cassoplis, Mich. / Ross Beaty
Alexandra Hanover Sr. Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern
Samantha Jaramillo Jr. South Bend, Ind. / Clay
Gena Mack Fr. Greensburg, Ind. / North Decatur
Emma Mansberger Fr. Angola, Ind. / Angola
Kenydee Otto So. Coldwater, Mich. / Coldwater
Kaitlin Siener Fr. Dekalb, Ill. / Dekalb
Jordan Stevens Jr. Fort Wayne, Ind. / Concordia Lutheran
Emily Wampler Fr. Bloomington, Ind. / Bloomington North
Cassidy Wilson Fr. Coldwater, Mich. / Coldwater Senior