For the past 15 years Michele has traveled and taught throughout the United States, Canada, England, France, Australia, Japan, and Korea. Some of her dances you may recognize are American Pop, Go Greased Lightning, Divisadero Cha, Zenyatta’s Waltz, Covered in Kisses (w/Michael Barr), Rumba Breeze (w/ Michele Perron), etc.
2010 saw the return of Jo Thompson Szymanski to the dance scene, and with that Michele has a new found enthusiasm. “Everyone has a role model and mentor, and Jo is that person for me. Having the opportunity to work with her at Dancing For The Dream seminars, as well as collaborating on new choreography was an excellent learning experience.” As Jo recovers from her recent bone marrow transplant, Michele feels the strong responsibility to continue the professionalism and energy that Jo brings to the dance floor.
Michele grew up in California, where, at the young age of 4 was forced by her mom, Lorraine Kurtela (Hello Dolly) to take tap dance lessons. She practiced behind closed doors, never allowing her parents to watch her! Feeling more comfortable with a softball, field hockey stick, or volleyball in her hands, Michele gravitated to competitive sports in high school and college, pursuing a career as a physical education teacher. Now retired, Michele couldn’t think of anything better to do than share the joy of dancing and teaching.
Michele lives in Corning with her partner, Michael Barr and their dancing kitty, Twinkle Toes.
48 Count 4 Wall beginner/intermediate Music: Beat Me Daddy (Eight To The Bar) by Asleep At The Wheel
32 Count 2 Wall Beginner Hustle / Swing Music: Put A Little Love In Your Heart by Scooter Lee – CD: Home To Louisiana
32 Count 2 Wall Beginner Music: Put A Little Love In Your Heart by Scooter Lee (CD: Home To Louisiana)
32 Count 4 Wall intermediate/advanced Music: Just Like A Rodeo by Roger Brown & Swing City
64 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Music: Act Right - Blue Harlem / CD: Jump Jack Jump / BPM: 112
64 Count 1 Wall Intermediate / Advanced Music: Shake Your Groove Thing by Peaches & Herb
32 Count 2 Wall Beginner Music: Mame by Bobby Darin. CD: Bobby Darin Pure Gold - iTunes
64 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Music: Mama Mia [radio edit] by Mayra Veronica (132 bpm)
32 Count 4 Wall Upper Beginner Music: Eastbound and Down by Jerry Reed
32 Count 4 Wall beginner Music: High Tech Redneck by George Jones
48 Count 4 Wall Low Intermediate Music: Big Bang Boogie by Scooter Lee. CD: Big Bang Boogie (168bpm)
32 Count 2 Wall Intermediate level Music: Big Blonde & Beautiful by Queen Latifah (CD: Hairspray Soundtrack to the Motion Picture (07))
64 Count 4 Wall intermediate Music: Cowboys Like A Little Rock & Roll by Chris LeDoux
48 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Music: If You Don't Love Me by EC Scott (CD: Masterpiece [150bpm])
32 Count 4 Wall High Beginner Music: Brazilian Soul by The Knocks (feat. Sufi Tucker) / CD: New York Narcotic / Length 3:17
64 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: Cabana Boy by Sara Evans. CD: Stronger (BPM: 184)
64 Count 1 Wall intermediate Music: Operator by The Manhattan Transfer
64 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Tango Style Music: "Fools" by Diane Birch [121 bpm] CD: Bible Belt
64 Count 2 Wall Intermediate Music: Fools by Diane Birch (CD: Bible Belt, 121bpm)
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: Cool N Sweet by Strict