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 Improver Couples Music: Lucky in Love - Ronnie Beard : (CD: Lucky In Love - 3:48)
32 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: Lucky in Love - Ronnie Beard : (CD: Lucky In Love - 3:48)
32 Count 2 Wall Improver Music: Despacito by Pentatonix / PTX Presents: Top Pop Vol. 1
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: I Feel a Sin Comin' On - Pistol Annies : (CD: Annie Up)
32 Count 4 Wall High Beginner Music: I Ain't Never - Scooter Lee : (CD: Midnight Hauler)
64 Count 4 Wall Improver / Intermediate Music: Midnight Hauler - Scooter Lee
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate NC rhythm Music: Good As You - Kane Brown : (CD: Experiment - 3:13)
64 Count 2 Wall Phrased Easy Intermediate Music: I'm Sticking With You Baby - Catherine Russell : (CD: Bring It Back - iTunes/Amazon)
32 Count 4 Wall Low Intermediate Music: Don't Mind If I Do - Scooter Lee
32 Count 4 Wall High Beginner Music: To Love Somebody - Michael Bublé
32 Count 4 Wall High Beginner Music: Brazilian Soul by The Knocks (feat. Sufi Tucker) / CD: New York Narcotic / Length 3:17
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
32 Count 2 Wall Intermediate NC Music: Take On Me - a-ha : (CD: MTV Unplugged - Summer Solstice - 4:13)
32 Count 2 Wall Beginner Music: Dancing Feet - Dave Sheriff
32 Count 4 Wall Easy Intermediate Music: Them Changes - Thundercat : (CD: Drunk - 3:08)
32 Count 4 Wall Easy Intermediate Music: Hide the Wine - Carly Pearce : (CD: Every Little Thing - 3:28)
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
64 Count 2 Wall Easy Intermediate Music: For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder : (iTunes or Amazon)
32 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: Can't Sleep Love - Pentatonix : (Album: Pentatonix or Delux Version - 2:53)
32 Count 2 Wall Intermediate NC Music: Tell Your Heart to Beat Again - Danny Gokey : (CD: Hope In Front Of Me - iTunes or Amazon)