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Michael Barr

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Michael Barr - Line Dance Choreographer
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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 (-_-).

Michael Barr has choreographed 149 dances, of which 69 have been co-choreographed. Their first published stepsheet on CopperKnob is Last Days Of Disco from October 2007, with their most recent stepsheet of Lucky In Love – Couples (p) in July 2020.

Choreographer Stepsheets

Lucky in Love – Couples (P)  Michael Barr (USA) & Michele Burton (USA) - July 2020

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver Couples   Music: Lucky in Love - Ronnie Beard : (CD: Lucky In Love - 3:48)

Lucky In Love (Line)  Michael Barr (USA) & Michele Burton (USA) - July 2020

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: Lucky in Love - Ronnie Beard : (CD: Lucky In Love - 3:48)

Tajimi Time  Michael Barr (USA) - November 2019

    32 Count    2 Wall    Improver   Music: Despacito by Pentatonix / PTX Presents: Top Pop Vol. 1

Sinful  Michael Barr (USA), Michele Burton (USA), Toshiko Kawamoto (JAP) & Martha Ogasawara (JAP) - November 2019

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: I Feel a Sin Comin' On - Pistol Annies : (CD: Annie Up)

I Ain't Never  Michael Barr (USA), Michele Burton (USA) & Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) - September 2019

    32 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: I Ain't Never - Scooter Lee : (CD: Midnight Hauler)

Midnight Hauler  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA) - August 2019

    64 Count    4 Wall    Improver / Intermediate   Music: Midnight Hauler - Scooter Lee

Good as You  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA) - May 2019

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate NC rhythm   Music: Good As You - Kane Brown : (CD: Experiment - 3:13)

Sticking With You  Michael Barr (USA), Michele Burton (USA) & Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) - January 2019

    64 Count    2 Wall    Phrased Easy Intermediate   Music: I'm Sticking With You Baby - Catherine Russell : (CD: Bring It Back - iTunes/Amazon)

Don't Mind If I Do  Michael Barr (USA) - October 2017

    32 Count    4 Wall    Low Intermediate   Music: Don't Mind If I Do - Scooter Lee

To Love Somebody  Raymond Sarlemijn (EST) & Michael Barr (USA) - November 2018

    32 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: To Love Somebody - Michael Bublé

Brazilian Soul  Michael Barr (USA) & Michele Burton (USA) - November 2018

    32 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: Brazilian Soul by The Knocks (feat. Sufi Tucker) / CD: New York Narcotic / Length 3:17

Ride  Michael Barr (USA) - October 2018

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Ride or Die by The Knocks (feat. Foster the People) / CD: New York Narcotic / Length 4:02 - 105 bpm

Take Me On  Christopher Gonzalez (USA) & Michael Barr (USA) - July 2018

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate NC   Music: Take On Me - a-ha : (CD: MTV Unplugged - Summer Solstice - 4:13)

Midnight Rendezvous (GGPSC)  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA)

32 Count    2 Wall    Beginner   Music: Dancing Feet - Dave Sheriff

Them Changes  Michael Barr (USA) - January 2018

    32 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate   Music: Them Changes - Thundercat : (CD: Drunk - 3:08)

Hide The Wine  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA) - January 2018

    32 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate   Music: Hide the Wine - Carly Pearce : (CD: Every Little Thing - 3:28)

Love Me or Leave Me Alone  Michael Barr (USA) - October 2017

    48 Count    2 Wall    Improver waltz   Music: Love Me or Leave Me Alone by Dustin Lynch ( feat. Karen Fairchild) CD: Current Mood / 102 bpm: 4:04 or 4:05

For Once In My Life  Michael Barr (USA) - March 2017

    64 Count    2 Wall    Easy Intermediate   Music: For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder : (iTunes or Amazon)

Yeah!  Michael Barr (USA) - January 2017

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: Can't Sleep Love - Pentatonix : (Album: Pentatonix or Delux Version - 2:53)

Tell Your Heart To Beat Again  Jo Kinser (UK), Jonas Dahlgren (SWE) & Michael Barr (USA) - December 2016

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate NC   Music: Tell Your Heart to Beat Again - Danny Gokey : (CD: Hope In Front Of Me - iTunes or Amazon)

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