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.
Michele Burton has choreographed 133 dances, of which 74 have been co-choreographed. Their first published stepsheet on CopperKnob is Let's Do Lunch from October 2007, with their most recent stepsheet of Country In 3 (cba 2021) in Feburary 2021.
Additionally, Michele Burton had a CopperKnob no.1 dance in Feburary 2021 with Country In 3 (cba 2021).
32 Count 4 Wall Intermediate Music: Country In Me - Lauren Alaina
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)
48 Count 2 Wall Beginner / Improver - Fast Waltz Music: Nothin' on You - Cody Johnson
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)
48 Count 2 Wall Beginner Music: See You Later Alligator - Scooter Lee : (CD: Midnight Hauler)
64 Count 4 Wall Improver / Intermediate Music: Midnight Hauler - Scooter Lee
116 Count 0 Wall Phrased Easy Intermediate Novelty Music: Nicest Kids in Town Special Splice: e-mail for availability
32 Count 4 Wall High Beginner Music: The More I See You - Chris Montez : (CD: A&M 50: Anniversary Collection)
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 High Beginner Music: Brazilian Soul by The Knocks (feat. Sufi Tucker) / CD: New York Narcotic / Length 3:17
32 Count 2 Wall Beginner Music: Dancing Feet - Dave Sheriff
32 Count 4 Wall Easy Intermediate Music: Hide the Wine - Carly Pearce : (CD: Every Little Thing - 3:28)
64 Count 4 Wall Easy Intermediate 2S Music: Chip and a Chair - Donny Lee : (CD: Who I Am)
32 Count 4 Wall High Beginner - Tango Style Music: The Lipstick On His Collar - Caro Emerald
16 Count 4 Wall Débutant Music: Girl Crush - Little Big Town
16 Count 0 Wall Beginner Pattern Partner Music: Like She's Not Yours - The Bellamy Brothers
32 Count 4 Wall High Beginner Music: Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart by Barry Manilow. CD: My Dream Duets; 142 bpm