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Michael Barr

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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

LISTEN (TO YOUR WOMAN)  Michael Barr (USA)

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

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

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

HOLDIN' BACK THE WATER  Michael Barr (USA)

16 Count    2 Wall    beginner/intermediate   Music: Rompin' Stompin' Blues - The Judds

Rain Against My Window  Michael Barr (USA)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: I Can't Stand the Rain - Seal : (CD: Soul)

Fiona (菲歐娜) (zh)  Michael Barr (USA) - May 2009

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

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

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

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

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

You've Got What It Takes!  Michael Barr (USA) - February 2014

    64 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate   Music: Baby (You've Got What It Takes) by Michael Bublé feat. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. CD: Crazy Love (128 bpm)

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

Here Comes the Rain (Itsy)  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA) - January 2008

    48 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate   Music: Here Comes the Rain Itsy - Genius + Love : (CD: Jazz & Swing for Kids)

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

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

Every Time I Roll The Dice   Michael Barr (USA), Michele Burton (USA) & Kat Painter - March 2016

    32 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate   Music: Everytime I Roll the Dice - Delbert McClinton : (CD: Never Been Rocked Enough)

Fallin' For You (LD Version)  Michael Barr (USA) - October 2012

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Fallin' for You - Heather Headley : (CD: This Is Who I Am)

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

    32 Count    0 Wall       Music: Jezabel - Ricky Martin

Valentino (情人快樂) (zh)  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA) - March 2010

    64 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Valentino - Diane Birch : (CD: Bible Belt)

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)

Tell Your Heart To Beat Again  Jo Kinser (UK), Jonas Dahlgren (SWE) & Michael Barr (USA) - December 2016

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate NC   Music: Tell Your Heart to Beat Again - Danny Gokey : (CD: Hope In Front Of Me - iTunes or Amazon)

Canam Tango (傻子探戈) (zh)  Michele Perron (CAN), Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA) - October 2010

    64 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Fools - Diane Birch : (CD: Bible Belt)

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)

A LITTLE LOVE (愛一點點) (zh)  Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA), Michael Barr (USA) & Michele Burton (USA) - May 2010

    32 Count    2 Wall    Beginner   Music: Put a Little Love In Your Heart - Scooter Lee : (CD: Home To Louisiana)

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