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Michele Burton
Michele Burton


Internationally known choreographer Michele Burton brings a sense of style and grace to the dance floor. Students benefit from the modest attention to styling and technique she incorporates into each lesson. With a quiet, caring personality, Michele seeks to provide a positive experience for all who meet and dance with her.

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.

Choreographer Stepsheets

8 TO 8  Michele Burton

48 Count    4 Wall    beginner/intermediate   Music: Beat Me Daddy (Eight To The Bar) by Asleep At The Wheel

A Little Love  Jo Thompson Szymanski, Michael Barr, Michele Burton – May 2010

    32 Count    2 Wall    Beginner Hustle / Swing   Music: Put A Little Love In Your Heart by Scooter Lee – CD: Home To Louisiana

ACE 10  Michele Burton

32 Count    4 Wall    intermediate/advanced   Music: Just Like A Rodeo by Roger Brown & Swing City

Act Right  Terry Hogan - Australia, Michele Burton & Michael Barr - USA (May 2014)

    64 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Act Right - Blue Harlem / CD: Jump Jack Jump / BPM: 112

After While Crocodile  Michele Burton - 2011

48 Count    4 Wall    Low Intermediate   Music: See You Later Alligator by Scooter Lee. CD: Home To Louisiana (162 bpm)

Afterwhile Crocodile  Michele Burton (Feb 11)

    48 Count    4 Wall    Beginner / Intermediate   Music: See Ya Later Alligator by Scooter Lee. CD: Home To Louisiana, (164bpm)

AMERICAN POP  Michele Burton

    64 Count    1 Wall    Intermediate / Advanced   Music: Shake Your Groove Thing by Peaches & Herb

Auntie Mame  Lorraine Kurtela with Michele Burton (Nov 2014)

    32 Count    2 Wall    Beginner   Music: Mame by Bobby Darin. CD: Bobby Darin Pure Gold - iTunes

Ay Mama Mia  Amy Glass & Michele Burton (June 2014)

    64 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Mama Mia [radio edit] by Mayra Veronica (132 bpm)

Bandit's Run  Michele Burton & Juliet Hauser (Sept. 2005)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Upper Beginner   Music: Eastbound and Down by Jerry Reed

BARGAIN BOOGIE  Michele Burton

32 Count    4 Wall    beginner   Music: High Tech Redneck by George Jones

Big Bang Boogie  Michele Burton – 2011

    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))

BOOGIE WOOGIE COWBOY  Michele Burton & Nancy Weir

64 Count    4 Wall    intermediate   Music: Cowboys Like A Little Rock & Roll by Chris LeDoux

BOOT CAMP SWING  Michele Burton & Michael Barr (May 08)

    48 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: If You Don't Love Me by EC Scott (CD: Masterpiece [150bpm])

Brazilian Soul  Michael Barr & Michele Burton (USA) November 2018

    32 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: Brazilian Soul by The Knocks (feat. Sufi Tucker) / CD: New York Narcotic / Length 3:17

Cabana Boy  Michele Burton

    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

CanAm Tango  Michele Perron, Michele Burton & Michael Barr

    64 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate Tango Style   Music: "Fools" by Diane Birch [121 bpm] CD: Bible Belt

Cha-Lano  Michele Burton (Apr 08)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Cool N Sweet by Strict

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