Stirling grew up in Fairfax, California where he trained at “Dance Theatre Seven”. He continued his training with the Arizona School of Classical Ballet before attending Butler University where he earned a B.A. in Dance (Pedagogy). While at Butler Universtiy, he performed principal roles in Giselle, Cinderella, Serenade, and several other works. Under the direction of Marek Cholewa he performed on tour through Poland as well as studying dance at the Cantilena School of the Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. After graduation, he danced with Nashville Ballet II for the 2009-2010 season. For the 2010-2011 season he danced with Ballet Theatre of Maryland where he performed soloist and principal roles in Alice in Wonderland, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet and Frontier 1812.