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: Mad Love - Rick Tippe
32 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Music: (You Want To) Make a Memory - Bon Jovi : (CD: Lost Highway)
64 Count 4 Wall Improver / Intermediate Music: Midnight Hauler - Scooter Lee
32 Count 2 Wall Beginner Music: Jezabel - Ricky Martin
32 Count 2 Wall Beginner Music: Dancing Feet - Dave Sheriff
32 Count 0 Wall Music: Jezabel - Ricky Martin
48 Count 2 Wall Intermediate - NC2 Music: Stuck On You (feat. Darius Rucker) - Lionel Richie
64 Count 4 Wall Beginner/Intermediate level Music: Ain't To Proud Too Beg - The Temptations
64 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Music: Gimme Dat Ding - The Pipkins : (Album: Mr. Bean's Crazy Party Hits - 2004)
80 Count 2 Wall intermediate Music: Mud On the Tires - Brad Paisley
32 Count 4 Wall intermediate Music: Soul Education - Jamiroquai
32 Count 4 Wall intermediate Music: Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News - Mabel King
32 Count 2 Wall intermediate Music: My Give a Damn's Busted - Joe Diffie
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate / Advanced NC rhythm Music: New York to California - Mat Kearney : (CD: City of Black & White)
32 Count 4 Wall intermediate Music: Forever Loving You - John Rich
64 Count 4 Wall intermediate/advanced Music: Bring It On Down To My House - Ray Benson
48 Count 4 Wall Improver - ECS rhythm Music: Steppin' Out On a Saturday Night - E.C. Scott : (Album: Hard Act To Follow - 3:03)
0 Count 0 Wall Phrased Intermediate Music: Out of Our Heads - Sheryl Crow
32 Count 4 Wall beginner/intermediate Music: Wake Up and Smell the Whiskey - Dean Miller
64 Count 0 Wall Music: Poor Boy Shuffle - The Tractors