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 (-_-).
32 Count 2 Wall intermediate Music: Rise And Fall by Craig David & Sting
64 Count 4 Wall Phrased Intermediate Music: "7 Years Old" by Lukas Graham / CD: Lukas Graham
32 Count 2 Wall Beginner Hustle / Swing Music: Put A Little Love In Your Heart by Scooter Lee – CD: Home To Louisiana
32 Count 2 Wall Beginner Music: Put A Little Love In Your Heart by Scooter Lee (CD: Home To Louisiana)
54 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Music: Till You Love Me by Reba McEntire/ CD: Read My Mind / BPM: 112
64 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Music: Act Right - Blue Harlem / CD: Jump Jack Jump / BPM: 112
48 Count 2 Wall intermediate Music: In The Summertime by Mungo Jerry
32 Count 2 Wall Intermediate level Music: Rise and Fall by Craig David with Sting CD: Slicker Then Your Average (BPM:88)
60 Count 2 Wall intermediate Music: Sunset Red, Pale Moonlight by Pam Tillis
64 Count 2 Wall beginner/intermediate Music: Don't Fence Me In by Lari White
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
48 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: "Black Dresses" by Steve Kolander (130 bpm)
48 Count 4 Wall Intermediate - Hustle rhythm Music: "Blackout" by Breathe Carolina. CD: Hell Is What You Make It (3 mins 30 secs)
48 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Music: If You Don't Love Me by EC Scott (CD: Masterpiece [150bpm])
32 Count 4 Wall intermediate Music: Born To Be Blue by The Judds
32 Count 4 Wall High Beginner Music: Brazilian Soul by The Knocks (feat. Sufi Tucker) / CD: New York Narcotic / Length 3:17
64 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Tango Style Music: "Fools" by Diane Birch [121 bpm] CD: Bible Belt
64 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Music: Fools by Diane Birch (CD: Bible Belt, 121bpm)
32 Count 2 Wall High Intermediate NC2S Music: Leavin' The Light On by Darius Rucker / CD: True Believers