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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

Light In The Winter  Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA), Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA) - October 2013

    64 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Light in the Winter (Line Dance Version) - Nancy Hays & The Heffernans : (CD: Light In The Winter)

What's Right Is Right  Michael Barr (USA) & Michele Burton (USA) - June 2013

    32 Count    4 Wall    Low Intermediate NC   Music: What’s Right Is Right - Taylor Hicks : (CD: The Distance)

Power To The People  Michael Barr (USA) - March 2013

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: (For God's Sake) Give More Power To The People by Joss Stone, Soul Sessions Vol. 2 (101 bpm)

I Love You I Do  Michael Barr (USA), Michele Burton (USA) & Jo Thompson Szymanski (USA) - February 2013

    32 Count    4 Wall    Low Intermediate - Rumba   Music: I Love You, I Do - Scooter Lee : (CD: Welcome to Scooterville)

On A Saturday Night  Michael Barr (USA) & Michele Burton (USA) - October 2012

    48 Count    4 Wall    Improver - ECS rhythm   Music: Steppin' Out On a Saturday Night - E.C. Scott : (Album: Hard Act To Follow - 3:03)

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Lights - Journey : (CD: Greatest Hits)

Fallin' For You  Michael Barr (USA) - November 2012

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

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)

I Wanna (Dance)  Gerard Murphy (CAN), Michael Barr (USA) & Frank Trace (USA)

    64 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: I Just Wanna (feat. Santino Noir) - Melissa Gorga : (Single)

Honky Tonk Christmas  Michael Barr (USA) - September 2012

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Honky Tonk Christmas - Alan Jackson

Christmas Cookies  Michael Barr (USA) & Michele Burton (USA)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Christmas Cookies - George Strait

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 Know You Know  Michael Barr (USA) - June 2012

    64 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Wolves Are At My Door by Lelia Broussard . [Waiting on the 9 - Length: 3:31 - 144 bpm]

Sara Smile (zh)  Michael Barr (USA) - February 2011

32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Sara Smile - Hall & Oats

Smooth Operator (調情聖手) (zh)  Michael Barr (USA), Ruben Luna (USA) & Scott Schrank (USA) - August 2010

32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Smooth Operator - Sade : (CD: The Modern Era)

Swingin' With The King (任憑擺動) (zh)  Michael Barr (USA) & Michele Burton (USA) - December 2009

    32 Count    2 Wall    Beginner/Intermediate   Music: Let's Make a Baby King - Wynonna

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)

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)

Covered In Kisses (真心之吻) (zh)  Michele Burton (USA) & Michael Barr (USA) - January 2010

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Gotta Get to You - George Strait

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)

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