"Realizing my career as a professional ballet dancer was no longer possible, I began to pursue other styles of dance, all the while wondering 'What if I could no longer dance?'. I really did not know what I would do because as long as I can remember, I only wanted to be a dancer. But as I look back, I am so thankful to God for having this in his plan for me."
Landing a job with Arthur Murray Dance Studios as an instructor sealed the deal, and Sparks soon found himself drawn to the dramatic International Style Latin side of dancing, taking his love of dance to the next level: the competitive dance circuit.
Prior to his retirement, Bill won the U.S. National Championships four times, represented the United States and became a two-time finalist of the World Latin Championships,placing fifth one year and sixth another.. Bill secured a name for himself as one of the most admired DanceSport competitors to have graced the dance floor.
After 15 years as a successful DanceSport competitor, Bill made the decision to retire from competition and to begin adjudicating competitions and coach other Professional couples. He also decided to begin a program of Ballroom Latin Dance for today's youth which he directed from 2003 to 2006 known as the Youth DanceSport Ballroom Academy.
Bill was a participant in the 2013 Preciosa Invitational Coaching Series.
- 4-time U.S. National Latin Champion
- 2-time Finalist of the World Latin Championships
- 6-time Ohio Star Ball Professional Latin Champion
- Heritage Classic Amateur Latin Champion (1999)
- Blackpool Professional Rising Star Latin Champion (1998)
- 2013 Preciosa Invitational Coaching Series, Participant
- Professional Latin DanceSport Competitor from 1989 to 2002
- Ballet, Jazz, and Modern Dancer from 1984 to 1988
- Dance Coach, Choreographer, Lecturer, and Adjudicator since January 1988
- Good Life Telecast - USDC DanceSport Championships, Manhattan DanceSport Championships
- NBC National Telecast - International DanceSport Championships, Las Vegas, NV
- ESPN National Telecast - DanceSport World Championship, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
- Arthur Murray Dance Studio Instructor from 1989 to 1996
- Championship Licensed Adjudicator and National Judge for the National Dance Council of America specializing in:
- International Style Standard (Championship Certified) - Arthur Murray International, Inc.
- International Style Latin (Championship Certified) - Arthur Murray International, Inc.
- American Smooth (Championship Certified) - Arthur Murray International, Inc.
- American Rhythm (Championship Certified) - Arthur Murray International, Inc.
- Theatrical Style - (Championship Certified) - Arthur Murray International, Inc.
- Certified Invigilator
- National Dance Council of America Performing Arts Adjudicator - (Championship Certified) - North American Dance Teachers Association (NADTA)
- National Dance Council of America, World Class Judge
- National Dance Council of America, Competition Organizer
- Youth DanceSport Ballroom Academy, Director (2003 to 2006)