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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

City Put The Country Back In Me  Michele Burton (June 2014)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver / Intermediate   Music: The City Put The Country Back In Me by Scooter Lee. CD: I'm Gonna Love You Forever

Covered In Kisses  Michele Burton & Michael Barr

    32 Count    4 Wall    Beginner   Music: Gotta Get To You by George Strait [CD: Twang]

DANCE TO THE MUSIC  Michele Burton & Michael Barr

48 Count    2 Wall    intermediate   Music: Dance To The Music by Sly & The Family Stone


32 Count    2 Wall       Music: Where'm I Gonna Live by Billy Ray Cyrus

DIVISADERO CHA  Michele Burton (2006)

    32 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate cha cha   Music: There's No Getting Over Me by Ronnie Milsap (100 bpm)

Dog-Gone Blues  Jo Thompson Szymanski, Michele Burton & Michael Barr (Apr 10)

    48 Count    4 Wall    Intermediate   Music: No More Doggin' by Colin James (CD: Colin James & The Little Big Band)

Don't Wait Up For Me  Michele Burton – March 2016

    32 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate Rumba style   Music: Don't Wait Up by Diane Birch. CD: Bible Belt - iTunes download

Double Down Two Step  Michele Burton – January 2018

    64 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate 2S   Music: Chip And A Chair by Donny Lee. CD: Who I Am – 174 bpm

EIGHT TO THE BAR  Michele Burton

48 Count    4 Wall    intermediate/advanced   Music: Travelin' Music by Dennis Robbins

Empty Pockets  Michele Burton & Michael Barr – Oct. 2015

    64 Count    2 Wall    High Beginner   Music: If The Devil Danced In Empty Pockets by Joe Diffie. CD: 16 Biggest Hits

Every Time I Roll The Dice   Michael Barr / Michele Burton / Kat Painter - March 2016

    32 Count    4 Wall    Easy Intermediate   Music: Every Time I Roll The Dice by Delbert McClinton / CD: Never Been Rocked Enough - BPM: 114

FOUR YEARS LATER  Michele Burton

32 Count    4 Wall    intermediate/advanced   Music: Violet by Savage Garden

FREEZE FRAME  Michele Burton & Michael Barr

0 Count    1 Wall    intermediate   Music: Freeze Frame by J. Geils Band

Fundamental Swing  Michele Burton (USA)

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate WCS   Music: Fundamental Things by Melinda Doolittle (108bpm)

Fundamental Things  Michele Burton

    64 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate / Advanced WCS Rhythm   Music: Fundamental Things by Melinda Doolittle (108bpm)

FUSION  Michael Barr & Michele Burton

64 Count    2 Wall    intermediate   Music: Spooky by Classics IV


    0 Count    1 Wall    intermediate   Music: Greased Lightning by John Travolta

Got A Hold On Me  Michele Burton & Michael Barr - Jan. 2016

    32 Count    4 Wall    Improver   Music: Something's Got A Hold On Me by Kimberly Nichole / iTunes / Recorded & Performed on The Voice / Length: 2:57 / BPM: 152


32 Count    4 Wall    intermediate   Music: Save A Prayer by The Mavericks

He Loves To Make Me Cry  Michele Burton – May 2016

    32 Count    2 Wall    Intermediate - Rolling count   Music: He Loves To Make Me Cry by Kristen Kelly

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