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.
64 Count 2 Wall beginner/intermediate Music: Don't Fence Me In - Lari White
32 Count 2 Wall High Intermediate NC2S Music: Leavin' the Light On - Darius Rucker : (CD: True Believers)
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: Bottled Up Tight - Luke Sital-Singh : (Album: Old Flint E.P.)
64 Count 2 Wall intermediate Music: Triple Threat - Rick Tippe
64 Count 2 Wall High Beginner Music: If the Devil Danced In Empty Pockets - Joe Diffie : (CD: 16 Biggest Hits)
32 Count 4 Wall Easy Intermediate Music: Hide the Wine - Carly Pearce : (CD: Every Little Thing - 3:28)
32 Count 4 Wall High Beginner Music: I Ain't Never - Scooter Lee : (CD: Midnight Hauler)
48 Count 2 Wall Intermediate / Advanced Music: The Door Of The Life - Mariya Takeuchi : (CD: Denimu, Warner Music Japan)
32 Count 4 Wall Easy Intermediate (EC Swing) Music: Rock With You Now - The Bama Band : (CD: Takin' Off The Edge)
48 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: Black Dresses - Steve Kolander
64 Count 1 Wall intermediate/advanced Music: Whiskey Under the Bridge - Brooks & Dunn
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate NC2 rhythm Music: Spending Every Minute In Love - Neal McCoy : (CD: You Gotta Love That)
32 Count 4 Wall beginner/intermediate Music: Rockin' Robin - Bobby Day
32 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Music: (You Want To) Make a Memory - Bon Jovi : (CD: Lost Highway)
32 Count 2 Wall Beginner Hustle / Swing Music: Put a Little Love In Your Heart - Scooter Lee : (CD: Home To Louisiana)
32 Count 4 Wall intermediate Music: Forever Loving You - John Rich
48 Count 2 Wall Intermediate waltz Music: This Woman Needs - SHeDAISY : (CD: The Whole Shebang)
32 Count 2 Wall beginner/intermediate nightclub Music: It's Your Love - Barry And Dari Anne Amato
32 Count 4 Wall beginner/intermediate Music: Cold Outside - Big House
48 Count 1 Wall beginner/intermediate waltz Music: Their Hearts Are Dancing - The Forester Sisters