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Michael Barr - Line Dance Choreographer
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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

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

Yeah!  Michael Barr (USA) - January 2017

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: Can't Sleep Love - Pentatonix : (Album: Pentatonix or Delux Version - 2:53)

FIONA  Michael Barr (USA) - May 2009

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Give It to Me Right - Melanie Fiona : (CD: The Bridge)

LISTEN  Michael Barr (USA)

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

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)

CHAINS  Michael Barr (USA)

64 Count    2 Wall    beginner/intermediate   Music: Take These Chains from My Heart - Lee Roy Parnell

FUSION  Michael Barr (USA) & Michele Burton (USA)

64 Count    2 Wall    intermediate   Music: Spooky - Classics IV

TRIPLE J  Michael Barr (USA)

    48 Count    2 Wall    Beginner / Intermediate   Music: Juke Joint Jumpin' - Barbara Carr

MAD LOVE  Michael Barr (USA)

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

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

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

WHATEVER  Michael Barr (USA)

32 Count    4 Wall    beginner   Music: That Don't Impress Me Much - Shania Twain

Blackout  Michael Barr (USA) - January 2012

    48 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate - Hustle rhythm   Music: Blackout - Breathe Carolina : (CD: Hell Is What You Make It - 3:30)

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)

BACKROADS  Michael Barr (USA)

60 Count    2 Wall    intermediate   Music: Sunset Red and Pale Moonlight - Pam Tillis

I LOVE IT  Michael Barr (USA)

32 Count    2 Wall    intermediate   Music: I Like It, I Love It - Tim McGraw

Act Right  Terry Hogan (AUS), Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA) - May 2014

    64 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Act Right - Blue Harlem : (CD: Jump Jack Jump)

I Got You  Michael Barr (USA) - June 2011

    48 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: I Got You - Thompson Square

Valentino  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA) - March 2010

    64 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate / Advanced   Music: Valentino - Diane Birch : (CD: Bible Belt)

TTS BOOGIE  Michael Barr (USA)

64 Count    1 Wall    beginner/intermediate   Music: Boogie Till The Cows Come Home - Roger Brown & Swing City

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