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Michael Barr

Michael Barr - Line Dance Choreographer
United States
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

Power To The People  Michael Barr (USA) - March 2013

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: (For God's Sake) Give More Power To The People by Joss Stone, Soul Sessions Vol. 2 (101 bpm)

Rain Against My Window  Michael Barr (USA)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: I Can't Stand the Rain - Seal : (CD: Soul)

Rain Against My Window (雨點打在我窗上) (zh)  Michael Barr (USA) - May 2009

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: I Can't Stand the Rain - Seal : (CD: Soul)

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

Right On Time  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA) - October 2014

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate NC2 rhythm   Music: Spending Every Minute In Love - Neal McCoy : (CD: You Gotta Love That)

ROCK 'N' ROLL COWBOY  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA)

    64 Count    2 Wall    beginner/intermediate   Music: Cowboys Like a Little Rock and Roll - Chris LeDoux

Rock And Roll Shoes  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA) - January 2016

    48 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes - Chuck Willis : (CD: 60 Doo Wop Rock and Bobby Socks)

ROCK WITH YOU  Michael Barr (USA)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate (EC Swing)   Music: Rock With You Now - The Bama Band : (CD: Takin' Off The Edge)

Sara Smile  Michael Barr (USA) - February 2011

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate NC   Music: Sara Smile - Hall & Oates

Sara Smile (zh)  Michael Barr (USA) - February 2011

32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Sara Smile - Hall & Oats

Scenic City Slide  Michael Barr (USA) & Scott Schrank (USA) - September 2014

    32 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate   Music: Let Me In - Caleb Johnson : (CD: Testify - single - iTunes)

SECOND CHANCE WALTZ  Michael Barr (USA) - February 2005

    48 Count    1 Wall    Beginner waltz   Music: Second Chance - Trisha Yearwood : (CD: Inside Out - fast but a lovely song)

SHeDaisy WALTZ  Michael Barr (USA) & Michele Burton (USA) - June 2015

    48 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate waltz   Music: This Woman Needs - SHeDAISY : (CD: The Whole Shebang)

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)

Smooth Operator  Michael Barr (USA), Ruben Luna (USA) & Scott Schrank (USA) - August 2010

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Smooth Operator - Sade : (CD: The Modern Era)

Smooth Operator (調情聖手) (zh)  Michael Barr (USA), Ruben Luna (USA) & Scott Schrank (USA) - August 2010

32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Smooth Operator - Sade : (CD: The Modern Era)

SOLO NO MORE  Michael Barr (USA) & Michele Burton (USA) - July 2008

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Song Of A Single - Moon Sae Lee

SOUL MAN  Michael Barr (USA) & Michele Burton (USA)

64 Count    2 Wall    beginner/intermediate   Music: Soul Man - Sam & Dave

SOUL TO SOUL  Michael Barr (USA) & Michele Burton (USA)

32 Count    2 Wall    intermediate/advanced nightclub   Music: It's Your Love - Barry And Dari Anne Amato

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)

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