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 Phrased Beginner / Improver Music: To Late For Goodbyes by Julian Lennon / CD: Valotte / / BPM: 122 - on iTunes & Amazon.com / Length: 3:34
64 Count 4 Wall Phrased Intermediate Music: "7 Years Old" by Lukas Graham / CD: Lukas Graham
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate / Advanced NC rhythm Music: New York to California - Mat Kearney : (CD: City of Black & White)
32 Count 4 Wall Easy Intermediate Music: Everytime I Roll the Dice - Delbert McClinton : (CD: Never Been Rocked Enough)
32 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: Something's Got A Hold On Me by Kimberly Nichole / iTunes / Recorded & Performed on The Voice / Length: 2:57 / BPM: 152
48 Count 4 Wall High Beginner Music: Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes - Chuck Willis : (CD: 60 Doo Wop Rock and Bobby Socks)
64 Count 4 Wall High Intermediate Music: I Am - Leona Lewis : (Album: I Am)
64 Count 2 Wall High Beginner Music: If the Devil Danced In Empty Pockets - Joe Diffie : (CD: 16 Biggest Hits)
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: Bottled Up Tight - Luke Sital-Singh : (Album: Old Flint E.P.)
48 Count 2 Wall Intermediate waltz Music: This Woman Needs - SHeDAISY : (CD: The Whole Shebang)
32 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: When I'm Sixty-Four - The Beatles : (CD: St. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band - Single - 2:37)
32 Count 4 Wall Improver Music: I Won't Dance - Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga : (CD: Cheek To Cheek - 3:56)
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate NC2 rhythm Music: Spending Every Minute In Love - Neal McCoy : (CD: You Gotta Love That)
32 Count 4 Wall Easy Intermediate Music: Let Me In - Caleb Johnson : (CD: Testify - single - iTunes)
32 Count 4 Wall Beginner Music: Take These Chains From My Heart by Scooter Lee. CD: I'm Gonna Love You Forever
64 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Music: Gimme Dat Ding - The Pipkins : (Album: Mr. Bean's Crazy Party Hits - 2004)
64 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Music: Act Right - Blue Harlem : (CD: Jump Jack Jump)
32 Count 4 Wall Easy Intermediate Music: Beautiful Goodbye - Maroon 5 : (CD: Overexposed - 4:18)
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)
32 Count 2 Wall High Intermediate NC2S Music: Leavin' the Light On - Darius Rucker : (CD: True Believers)