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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

I Wanna (Dance)  Gerard Murphy (CAN), Michael Barr (USA) & Frank Trace (USA)

    64 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: I Just Wanna (feat. Santino Noir) - Melissa Gorga : (Single)

I'M KISSING YOU GOODBYE  Terry Hogan (AUS) & Michael Barr (USA)

32 Count    4 Wall    intermediate   Music: Basic Goodbye - Neal McCoy

It's Amazing  Michael Barr (USA) - January 2010

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: It's Amazing - Jem : (Album: Down to Earth)

It's Amazing (太神奇了) (zh)  Michael Barr (USA) - January 2010

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: It's Amazing - Jem : (CD: Down to Earth)

IT'S YOUR LOVE  Michael Barr (USA) & Michele Burton (USA)

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

JOIN THE QUEUE  Michael Barr (USA)

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: One More Broken Hearted Man - Redfern & Crookes

JUNGLE BOOGIE 2004  Michael Barr (USA) & Michele Burton (USA)

32 Count    0 Wall       Music: Stagger Lee - The Fabulous Thunderbirds


32 Count    4 Wall    intermediate   Music: Just a Matter of Time - Hil St. Soul

LAST DAYS OF DISCO  Michael Barr (USA) & John H. Robinson

    64 Count    2 Wall    intermediate hustle   Music: Last Days of Disco - Alcazar

Latter Rain  Michael Barr (USA) - March 2011

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate Polka   Music: Latter Rain - Scooter Lee : (CD: Big Bang Boogie)

LEAD ME NOT  Michael Barr (USA) - June 2007

48 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate/Advanced level   Music: Lead Me Not - Lari White : (CD: Lead Me Not)

Light In The Winter  Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA), Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA) - October 2013

    64 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Light in the Winter (Line Dance Version) - Nancy Hays & The Heffernans : (CD: Light In The Winter)

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Lights - Journey : (CD: Greatest Hits)

LISTEN  Michael Barr (USA)

32 Count    4 Wall    intermediate   Music: I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys


32 Count    4 Wall    intermediate   Music: Live, Laugh, Love - Clay Walker


32 Count    4 Wall    beginner/intermediate   Music: Cold Outside - Big House

Love Is Like The Sea (愛像大海) (zh)  Michael Barr (USA) - January 2010

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner/Intermediate   Music: Like the Sea - Alicia Keys : (CD - The Element of Freedom)

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

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)

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)

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