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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

THIS WOMAN, THIS MAN  Michael Barr & Michele Burton

48 Count    2 Wall    advanced   Music: This Woman Needs by Shedaisy

Tony Went Gaga  Michele Burton & Michael Barr (Jan 2015) USA

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: I Won't Dance by Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga / CD: Cheek To Cheek [3:56]

TRICKLE TRICKLE  Michael Barr & Michele Burton

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Sea Of Cowboy Hats by Chely Wright

True Love Two Step  Jo Thompson Szymanski, Michael Barr and Michele Burton (5/10)

    64 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate 2S   Music: True Love by Nancy Hays from the CD "Big Band Country" (172 bpm)

TRY TRY TRY  Michele Burton

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate Cha Cha   Music: Try Try Try by Nikki Yanofsky (116bpm)

Valentino  Michele Burton & Michael Barr (Mar 10)

    64 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate / Advanced   Music: Valentino by Diane Birch (CD: Bible Belt)

VERN IS VERN  Michael Barr & Michele Burton

32 Count    2 Wall    intermediate   Music: They Call It Honky Tonk by Redfern & Crookes

WEATHER NETWORK  Michele Perron & Michele Burton

64 Count    2 Wall    intermediate/advanced west coast swing   Music: Heavy Cloud, No Rain by Sting

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

    32 Count    4 Wall    Low Intermediate NC   Music: What's Right Is Right by Taylor Hicks. CD: The Distance (84 bpm)

You Make Me Feel So Young   Michele Burton (June 2013)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver - Foxtrot rhythm   Music: You Make Me Feel So Young by Michael Buble. CD: To Be Loved

Zenyatta's Waltz  Michele Burton, USA (May 10)

    48 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate   Music: Fire Escape by Diane Birch (CD: 108bpm)

Zing Went The Strings  Michele Burton - Nov 2016

    32 Count    4 Wall    High Beginner   Music: Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart by Barry Manilow. CD: My Dream Duets; 142 bpm

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