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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

MAD LOVE  Michael Barr (USA)

32 Count    4 Wall    beginner/intermediate   Music: Mad Love - Rick Tippe

MAKE A MEMORY  Michael Barr (USA) - Feburary 2008

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: (You Want To) Make a Memory - Bon Jovi : (CD: Lost Highway)

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

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

MIDNIGHT RENDEZVOUS  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA)

    32 Count    2 Wall    Beginner   Music: Jezabel - Ricky Martin

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

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

MIDNIGHT RENDEZVOUS (PARTNER)  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA)

    32 Count    0 Wall       Music: Jezabel - Ricky Martin

Midnight Train Tomorrow  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA)

    48 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate - NC2   Music: Stuck On You (feat. Darius Rucker) - Lionel Richie

MOOOTOWN BOOGIE  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA) - March 2007

    64 Count    4 Wall    Beginner/Intermediate level   Music: Ain't To Proud Too Beg - The Temptations

Mosquito Boogie  Michael Barr (USA), Johanna Barnes (USA), Cato Larsen (NOR), Jo Kinser (UK), John Kinser (UK) & Ivonne Verhagen (NL) - June 2014

    64 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Gimme Dat Ding - The Pipkins : (Album: Mr. Bean's Crazy Party Hits - 2004)

MUD ON THE TIRES  Michael Barr (USA)

80 Count    2 Wall    intermediate   Music: Mud On the Tires - Brad Paisley


32 Count    4 Wall    intermediate   Music: Soul Education - Jamiroquai

NO BAD NEWS  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA)

32 Count    4 Wall    intermediate   Music: Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News - Mabel King

NO, SORRY, NOTHIN'!  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA)

    32 Count    2 Wall    intermediate   Music: My Give a Damn's Busted - Joe Diffie

NY To CA  Michael Barr (USA) - April 2016

    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

OFF TO THE RACES  Michael Barr (USA)

64 Count    4 Wall    intermediate/advanced   Music: Bring It On Down To My House - Ray Benson

On A Saturday Night  Michael Barr (USA) & Michele Burton (USA) - October 2012

    48 Count    4 Wall    Improver - ECS rhythm   Music: Steppin' Out On a Saturday Night - E.C. Scott : (Album: Hard Act To Follow - 3:03)

OUT OF OUR HEADS  Michael Barr (USA) - May 2008

    0 Count    0 Wall    Phrased Intermediate   Music: Out of Our Heads - Sheryl Crow

OUT OF THE BLUE  Michael Barr (USA)

32 Count    4 Wall    beginner/intermediate   Music: Wake Up and Smell the Whiskey - Dean Miller

POOR BOY SHUFFLE MIXER  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA)

64 Count    0 Wall       Music: Poor Boy Shuffle - The Tractors

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