Sherry Lawson Martin was a powerhouse competitor on the dance floor, always full of explosive energy. She represented St. Louis, Missouri and the Midwest for many year, winning with multiple different partners.

Public Recognition:

1985 – Dance Fever Contestant

1989 – “Starmania” Finalist, performed in Las Vegas

1991-92 – MDA Charity Ball Champion

S. Open Humanitarian Award Recipient

3-Time St Louis City Jitterbug Champion with three different partners

2-Time U.S. Open National Champion – Showcase Division

1984-1989 – Undefeated St Louis Invitational Champion

1990 – Midwest Challenge Showcase Champion

1990 – National Midwest Regional Showcase Winner

Missouri and Illinois State Classic Champion

Dallas Dance Showcase & Pro-Am Champion

Dallas Dance Speed Swing Champion – sponsored by Kenny Wetzel

1st Buddy Austin Classic Champion with Terry Rippa

National Swing Federation Championships Jack & Jill Winner with Jerry Crim

2-Time Michigan State Champion

Missouri State Swing Dance Championship award for “Excellence in Footwork”

GateWay Dance Festival Swing Open Classic Champion

St Louis Invitational Strictly Swing Champion

St Louis West End Dance Contest Champion

World Swing Dance Council Hall of Fame (formerly National Swing Dance Hall of Fame) inductee

Dallas Dance Hall of Fame

Midwest Swing Dance Federation Hall of Fame

National Bob Association Hall of Fame

Southside Imperial Dance Club Member of the Year

On the cover of Dance Action Magazine with her St Louis City Jitterbug Champion partner, Brad Silk

“Sherry compares performing dance to the rush of riding a Screamin’ Eagle (Harley motorcycle).”

Dance Biography:

Sherry Lawson Martin has been dancing for over forty years and teaching West Coast Swing for over twenty years. In the summer of 1983, she met Dave and Betty Miller at “Stingers Lounge” who encouraged her to join the Southside Dance Club. She danced in her first competition with Bobby Hawkins that fall at Northside Missouri State. In 1984, her real inspiration came when she saw Barry Jones and Judy Ford dance to “It’s Raining Men” at her first Midwest Challenge event.

Sherry has competed, taught, and judged all over the country. Dancing is a major part of her life, which she loves to share with others. She has been blessed with some wonderful awards, including the National Swing Dance Hall of Fame; Dallas Dance Hall of Fame; Midwest Swing Dance Hall of Fame; the U. S. Open Humanitarian Award; and Member of the Year at her local club. She says, “The best feeling in the world is being recognized by your peers!” And, she has learned over the years that every dancer in the audience is on the performer’s side – “Everyone wants you to do your best.”

Sherry has won more competitions than it’s possible to list on this page. When asked why she has competed so much, she says she loves to perform and is a real ham. She compares performing on the dance floor to the rush one gets riding the Screamin’ Eagle (Harley motorcycle). She also loves the friends, fun, exercise, knowledge, and travel that dancing has brought into her life. She teaches because she feels she has a lot to share, and she wears her U.S. Open and Dallas Dance Hall of Fame rings always, “They’re my diamonds!”

A little known fact about Sherry is that she’s a fairly good artist and is a real “house mouse” because she loves to cook, sew, and garden. She hopes the dance community will continue to grow and try new things, with dancers incorporating the best of every form of Swing into their dance.

“Life is a process of change and growth, and dancing should be the same.”