STOMPIN' GROUNDS was created in March 2017 by Tessa and Dustin Sturm, who are two country souls that met line dancing and two-stepping at Tinhorn Flats in Hollywood, California on November 2, 2016. Their love for each other was evident in the way they connected on the dance floor. On their one-year anniversary, in February 2018 after watching a George Strait concert in Vegas, Dustin popped the big question and Tessa did not hesitate to say YES! They moved to Nashville a few months later to get back to their southern roots, be closer to family, and help build a line dancing community in Nashville. They were married in Bledsoe, Kentucky on November 10, 2018 and almost a year later on November 2, 2019 they welcomed their first baby boy into the world. Wyatt Lockwood Sturm has been moving and grooving since before he was born at numerous private and corporate events in Tennessee and Texas. He loves dancing and country music as much as his mom and dad. When the Sturms are not dancing, they are photographing and filming weddings, events, and families through their other business, Southern Pictures.
Tessa Elizabeth Sturm
Tessa is a coal miner's daughter from the beautiful mountains of Pound, Virginia. Her sassy southern charm is a product of her upbringing and really comes out when she's dancing. Her faith in God, her love for people, and her excitement for life is evident to those around her. Not only does she know how to get down on the dance floor, but she also knows her way around the Entertainment Industry. She has experience in front of and behind the camera as a Model, Actress, Producer, Writer, Casting Associate, Event Planner, Marketing Executive, and Director of Operations & Finance.
Dustin Rain Sturm
Dustin grew up on a ranch and fish hatchery in the Lone Star State of Texas, where he learned the value of hard work and dedication. He trains and strives to succeed and be the best at what he does. As a dancer he was first taught by his Dad and Grandpa, who told him there are three things a woman wants: a man that can cook, a man that keeps his word, and "if you can dance you're gold." Since then, he has learned to cook (BBQ is his specialty), his word is his bond, and he strives to be the best he can be as a dancer, photographer, and filmmaker.
Wyatt Lockwood Sturm
Wyatt is the first-born son of Tessa and Dustin Sturm. He was born November 2, 2019 exactly 3 years after his mom and dad first met. He loves being part of the family business because he loves people, he loves to dance, and he loves to listen to country music. In his spare time Wyatt enjoys eating, playing in the water, and anything that requires being outdoors.