Sterling Burroughs has been teaching dance for 25 years.  He was certified through the Gold level with the Fred Astaire organization and is currently certified through Gold in American and International styles with Dance Vision International Dancers Association (DaVIDA).  Sterling has been teaching and competing both with professional partners and as the Professional half of a partnership in Pro-Am competition for 22 years.  He has taught thousands of people in the Birmingham area to dance.  He is a registered Professional with the National Dance Council of America (N. D. C. A.).  He is the only Instructor in Alabama to have been a United States Dancesport Superbowl Finalist.  This is the largest Dancesport competition circuit in the world comprised of over 70 competitions held yearly throughout the country ranging in size from 3000 to 15,000 entries.  The circuit keeps track of the placements Professionals and Amateur dancers receive in the circuit events.  The finalists are the six Professionals and Amateurs with the highest placement totals.

  • A 1984 graduate of Chelsea High School in Shelby County, Sterling has been teaching Ballroom and Latin Dance for over 20 years.
  • He began teaching in 1985 with the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Vestavia, Al.
  • In 1986, his first full year teaching, he earned honors as the Top New Student Teacher at that Studio and he also earned a prestigious "Freddie Award" the top award an instructor can earn in the Fred Astaire organization.  A Freddie is given to only the top 3% of instructors in that chain of studios. 
  • In 1987 he transferred to the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Tuscaloosa, Al where he earned Top New Student Teacher AND Top Advanced Student Teacher Awards.  He also qualified for another "Freddie Award" that year as well.  
  • The end of 1987, 1988 and part of 1989 were spent in the "Big Easy" teaching at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in New Orleans.  He received extensive dance training from Anthony Carrinhas and former US Champion and Blackpool Finalist Linda Dean. 
  • The remainder of 1989 - 1990 were spent in Little Rock Arkansas.  In that year and a half time period, Sterling, by himself, accumulated as many "Freddie Points", which are determined by; the number of lessons an instructor teaches, the number of new students brought into the studio and new enrollments, as all but 13 of the Fred Astaire Studios in the United States by himself.  A record that to this day remains unbroken. 
  • During his tenure in Little Rock Sterling also set an unofficial "World Record" for teaching lessons.  In 1 week, as part of a fund raiser for a local charity, he Taught 168-1/2 private 50 minute lessons, danced at 11-1/2 hours of Studio parties AND he Danced Exhibitions at a fund raiser for another local charity.  All of this was accomplished with only 9 hours of sleep for the week!   
  • Sterling received 14 "Freddie Awards" in his 15 years with the Fred Astaire organization, some for teaching and some for managing one of his 3 studios.
  • He also received over 150 Regional and National Top Teacher awards within the Fred Astaire organization. 
  • Sterling has competed professionally in both the American Smooth and American Rhythm Categories as well as the Theatre Arts category.
  • 1998, he was a Fred Astaire National Finalist in the Theatre Arts catagory. 
  • In 2001 Sterling left the Fred Astaire Chain after owning and operating 2 of the top 15 studios in the organization over the last 3 years.  He has been with Birmingham Ballroom since that time. 
  • Sterling received Honors awards for tests taken through the Gold American Style Level while he was with the Fred Astaire organization and now teaches both American and International Styles from the DaVIDA syllabus.
  • In his time as an independent instructor, he has consistently placed as a Top Teacher at over 50 prestigious competitions throughout the United States.
  • More importantly, his students consistently reach the finals and place highly in their given dance and age categories and his students frequently receive Top Student Awards for their given Dance Level.  Top Student Awards are an overall award that is determined by placements received at the competition.
  • In 2002 he was recognized as one of the top 6 Pro-Am competitive instructors in the United States by the "Dancesport Superbowl Series". 
  • In October of 2004 Sterling was injured in a 16 foot fall from a ladder.  He returned to teaching in May 2005 and by August he and his students were back on the competition circuit with his students placing 3rd in the Top Teacher race at the "Heart of America Dance Championships" in Kansas  This is the 2nd oldest running competition in the United States.  
  • In October 2005, one of Sterling's students, Linda Neason, received the Top Student Award at the Hotlanta Dance Challenge.  Hotlanta is the second largest Dance competition in the United States in 2005 with over 6500 entries!!
  • In May 2006, Sterling received Second place Top teacher award at the Atlanta Open Dance Sport Championships.
  • We also received the Second place Top Studio Award.  Both the Top Teacher and Top Studio Awards are determined based on an accumulative point system. This is based on placements the students receive when competing.
  • December 2006 Sterling, Linda and Debora went to Las Vegas and participated in the Holiday Dance Classic at the Luxor Hotel. This is the second largest competition in the country for 2006 with over 11,400 entries!!! Linda and Debora both started out in heats with over 40 couples and both made the Final Six several times in their respective categories.
  • September 2007 Sterling dances in the Birmingham Dance with the Stars. He is partnered with DeAnna Lee from WZZK.
  • May 2008 Atlanta Open
  • May 2008 Dance Houston
  • 2008 Chattanooga
  • Summer 2008--Juvenile Diabetes Camp at UAB was a summer camp program utilizing Ballroom dance for children with Juvenile Diabetes
  • June 2008 Dixieland Invitational
  • July 2008 Volunteer State
  • October 2008 Hotlanta (2nd place Rising Star Invitational)
  • Winter 2008--Performed Ballroom dance exhibition to raise money and awareness for Diabetes at the Diabetes Dancing with the Stars
  • February 2009 Magnolia Dance Challenge
  • Spring 2009--Performed in the cultural exhibition at the Hoover Community Center
  • April 2009 Dixieland Invitational
  • October 2009 Hotlanta (2nd place Rising Start Invitational)
  • November 2009--Performed a Dance Exhibition for the TRIO student organization as a fundraiser at UAB
  • 2010--Participated in the "Alzheimer's Dance to Remember" as a Ballroom dance exhbition to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's
  • Spring 2010--Demonstrated and taught Ballroom dance for Pizitz Middle School children as a part of their cultural and foreign language program
  • Summer 2010--Funded by a grant from Coca Cola, Sterling did a summer camp for the A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club to offer Ballroom dance as an alternative form of exercise to inner city kids ages 11-15.
  • August 2010 Birmingham Ballroom Challenge
  • October 2010 Atlanta Dance Classic (1st place Rising Star Invitational)
  • October 2010 was the grand opening of Champion Latin & Ballroom in Vestavia.
  • March 2011 Garden City dance Challenge
  • May 2011 Emerald Ball
  • July 2011 Virginia State
  • September 2011 USDC Orlando (Rising Star Pro/Am Open winner--B & C Divisions, 4th Mambo, and 5 Dance US finalists)
  • October 2011 First Coast Classic
  • October 2011 Atlanta Dance Classic (Bolero Exhibition)
  • November 2011 performed a Dance Exhibition for the TRIO student organization as a fundraiser at UAB.
  • November 2011--Performed at the Ballroom Dance Exhibition and Wine Tasting for Rocky Ridge Western Supermarket and International Wines.
  • December 2011--Performed a Ballroom Dance Exhibition for the Episcopal Place Retirement Community and Alzheimer's Organization.
  • March 2012 Vegas Open
  • April 2012--Taught Ballroom and Latin dance at Vestavia Hills High School Dance Appreciation Program.
  • May 2012 Emerald Ball
  • July 2012 Virginia State
  • September 2012 USDC Orlando (Rising Star Pro/Am Open--B Division, Mambo--Open to the World and 5 Dance US finalists)
  • Ongoing participation at the senior centers of Hoover, Vestavia, Rocky Ridge and Alabaster teaching seniors Ballroom dancing
  • Sterling teaches/lectures at UAB in a variety of classes in both the PE and Theater departments including "Intro to Dance" and "Ballroom Dancing".