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.
32 Count 4 Wall beginner/intermediate Music: Rockin' Robin - Bobby Day
32 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Samba Rhythm Music: The Sweetest Taboo - Sade
32 Count 2 Wall Beginner/Intermediate Music: Let's Make a Baby King - Wynonna
32 Count 2 Wall Improver Music: Despacito by Pentatonix / PTX Presents: Top Pop Vol. 1
32 Count 2 Wall Intermediate NC Music: Take On Me - a-ha : (CD: MTV Unplugged - Summer Solstice - 4:13)
32 Count 4 Wall Beginner Music: Take These Chains From My Heart by Scooter Lee. CD: I'm Gonna Love You Forever
64 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Music: Takin' Off The Edge - The Bama Band
32 Count 2 Wall Intermediate NC Music: Tell Your Heart to Beat Again - Danny Gokey : (CD: Hope In Front Of Me - iTunes or Amazon)
32 Count 4 Wall Easy Intermediate Music: Them Changes - Thundercat : (CD: Drunk - 3:08)
48 Count 2 Wall advanced Music: This Woman Needs - SHeDAISY
32 Count 4 Wall High Beginner Music: To Love Somebody - Michael Bublé
32 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: I Won't Dance - Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga : (CD: Cheek To Cheek - 3:56)
64 Count 2 Wall Phrased Beginner / Improver Music: To Late For Goodbyes by Julian Lennon / CD: Valotte / / BPM: 122 - on iTunes & Amazon.com / Length: 3:34
32 Count 4 Wall Beginner Music: Sea of Cowboy Hats - Chely Wright
48 Count 2 Wall Beginner / Intermediate Music: Juke Joint Jumpin' - Barbara Carr
64 Count 2 Wall intermediate Music: Triple Threat - Rick Tippe
64 Count 4 Wall Intermediate 2S Music: True Love - Nancy Hays : (CD: Big Band Country)
64 Count 1 Wall beginner/intermediate Music: Boogie Till The Cows Come Home - Roger Brown & Swing City
64 Count 2 Wall Intermediate / Advanced Music: Valentino - Diane Birch : (CD: Bible Belt)
64 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: Valentino - Diane Birch : (CD: Bible Belt)