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Sterling Burroughs has been teaching dance for more than 25 years.  He is certified through Gold in American and International styles with Dance Vision International Dancers Association (DaVIDA) and is a registered professional with the National Dance Council of America (N.D.C.A.).  Sterling has been teaching and competing both with professional partners and as the professional half of a partnership in Pro-Am competitions for 22 years.  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 and up to 15,000 entries.  Only the top six Professionals and Amateurs (those with the highest placement totals over all the competitions) are finalists. 

Sterling began teaching with the Fred Astaire studio in 1985 after graduating from Chelsea High School in Shelby County.  He earned many regional and national top teacher awards and “Freddie” awards during his time with Fred Astaire.  In 2001 Sterling left the Fred Astaire chain and opened his own studio, Birmingham Ballroom.  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, often receiving Top Student awards for their dance level.  In October 2010 Sterling opened Champion Latin and Ballroom in Vestavia.  Less than a year later, Sterling and his student Tami Blaudeau won the USDC Orlando Rising Star Pro/Am Open in both B and C divisions! 

When he is not at the studio, you can find Sterling performing and teaching throughout Birmingham.  He teaches and lectures at UAB in a variety of classes in both the PE and Theater departments including “Intro to Dance” and “Ballroom Dancing”.  He also teaches at the senior centers of Hoover, Vestavia, Rocky Ridge, and Alabaster.  He has taught at several local high schools and middle schools to help promote health and arts appreciation.  In the summer of 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 for inner city kids ages 11-15.  Sterling and his students have also danced exhibitions to help raise money for many different organizations, including Diabetes Dancing with the Stars and the “Alzheimer’s Dance to Remember”.  He has also participated in Birmingham’s Dance with the Stars.