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Michael Barr
Michael Barr


Internationally known choreographer, Michael Barr, brings his own kind of energy to the dance floor—an energy that connects, inspires, and engages all who are present! His teaching techniques display a deep love for people which makes him perfect for the job.

For the last 15 years Michael has traveled and taught throughout the United States, Canada, England, France, Australia, Japan and Korea. Some of his dances that came to be well known are, Black Dresses, What’s Your Name, Hey Bruce, Doors of Life, Rain Against My Window, etc.

2010 saw the return of Jo Thompson Szymanski to the dance scene and with that Michael has a new found energy. “We all have that one person who can truly inspire us, and Jo is that kind of person for me. Being able to work with Jo (instructing for the Dancing for the Dream seminars and other events) makes my job such a great learning experience.” As Jo takes her journey in 2011 to heal from her stem cell transplant Michael feels a strong responsibility to keep that energy going forward.

Michael comes from a show biz family. His father was a pianist and made a wonderful career playing the music he loved. His mother was a dancer and singer before the “kids” came along and put it aside to keep the home secure and nurturing. Michael’s father and mother met during the heyday of Broadway. Something rubbed off from his parents and we are glad he found the venue of line dance to spread his fun.

2011 will be the busiest year yet for Michael and his partner Michele Burton. “We are on the road a lot this year and love all the connections we have with people around the world. Now if the airlines and ‘mother nature’ will just cooperate getting us to the events that would be a plus. We have learned to expect the unexpected”.

Michael lives in Corning, California with Michele Burton and their cat Twinkle Toes (-_-).

Choreographer Stepsheets

...AND FELL IN LOVE    Michael Barr

32 Count     2 Wall     intermediate     Music: Rise And Fall by Craig David & Sting

7 Years Old    Michael Barr (Sept 2016) USA

   64 Count     4 Wall     Phrased Intermediate     Music: "7 Years Old" by Lukas Graham / CD: Lukas Graham

A Little Love    Jo Thompson Szymanski, Michael Barr, Michele Burton – May 2010

   32 Count     2 Wall     Beginner Hustle / Swing     Music: Put A Little Love In Your Heart by Scooter Lee – CD: Home To Louisiana

A WALTZ IN TIME    Michael Barr (USA) 1998

   54 Count     2 Wall     Intermediate     Music: Till You Love Me by Reba McEntire/ CD: Read My Mind / BPM: 112

Act Right    Terry Hogan - Australia, Michele Burton & Michael Barr - USA (May 2014)

   64 Count     2 Wall     Intermediate     Music: Act Right - Blue Harlem / CD: Jump Jack Jump / BPM: 112

ALL-RIGHT-A    Michael Barr

48 Count     2 Wall     intermediate     Music: In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry

AND FELL IN LOVE    Michael Barr (Nov 06)

32 Count     2 Wall     Intermediate level     Music: Rise and Fall by Craig David with Sting CD: Slicker Then Your Average (BPM:88)

BACKROADS    Michael Barr

60 Count     2 Wall     intermediate     Music: Sunset Red, Pale Moonlight by Pam Tillis

BAR ISN'T IT    Michael Barr

   64 Count     2 Wall     beginner/intermediate     Music: Don't Fence Me In by Lari White

Beautiful Goodbye    Michael Barr (May 2014) USA

   32 Count     4 Wall     Easy Intermediate     Music: Beautiful Goodbye by Maroon 5 / CD: Overexposed / Length: 4:18 / BPM: 100


48 Count     4 Wall     beginner     Music: Keepin' Me Up Nights by Asleep At The Wheel

BLACK DRESSES    Michael Barr, "A Waltz In Time Productions", Corning, CA, USA (1995)

   48 Count     4 Wall     Intermediate     Music: "Black Dresses" by Steve Kolander (130 bpm)

Blackout    Michael Barr, USA (Jan 2012)

   48 Count     4 Wall     Intermediate - Hustle rhythm     Music: "Blackout" by Breathe Carolina. CD: Hell Is What You Make It (3 mins 30 secs)

BOOT CAMP SWING    Michele Burton & Michael Barr (May 08)

   48 Count     2 Wall     Intermediate     Music: If You Don't Love Me by EC Scott (CD: Masterpiece [150bpm])

BORN TO BE BLUE    Michael Barr

   32 Count     4 Wall     intermediate     Music: Born To Be Blue by The Judds

CanAm Tango    Michele Perron, Michele Burton & Michael Barr

   64 Count     2 Wall     Intermediate Tango Style     Music: "Fools" by Diane Birch [121 bpm] CD: Bible Belt

Carolina Moon    Michael Barr (Feb 2014)

   32 Count     2 Wall     High Intermediate NC2S     Music: Leavin' The Light On by Darius Rucker / CD: True Believers

CHAINS    Michael Barr

64 Count     2 Wall     beginner/intermediate     Music: Take These Chains From My Heart by Lee Roy Parnell

Christmas Cookies    Michael Barr & Michele Burton

   32 Count     4 Wall     Beginner     Music: Christmas Cookies by George Strait (182 bpm)

COOIN' & A WOOIN'    Michael Barr

32 Count     2 Wall     intermediate     Music: Itty Bitty Little Single Solitary Piece Of My Heart by Lari White

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