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 Compte 4 Mur beginner/intermediate Musique: Beat Me Daddy (Eight To The Bar) by Asleep At The Wheel
32 Compte 2 Mur Beginner Hustle / Swing Musique: Put A Little Love In Your Heart by Scooter Lee – CD: Home To Louisiana
32 Compte 2 Mur Beginner Musique: Put A Little Love In Your Heart by Scooter Lee (CD: Home To Louisiana)
32 Compte 4 Mur intermediate/advanced Musique: Just Like A Rodeo by Roger Brown & Swing City
64 Compte 2 Mur Intermediate Musique: Act Right - Blue Harlem / CD: Jump Jack Jump / BPM: 112
64 Compte 1 Mur Intermediate / Advanced Musique: Shake Your Groove Thing by Peaches & Herb
32 Compte 2 Mur Beginner Musique: Mame by Bobby Darin. CD: Bobby Darin Pure Gold - iTunes
64 Compte 2 Mur Intermediate Musique: Mama Mia [radio edit] by Mayra Veronica (132 bpm)
32 Compte 4 Mur Upper Beginner Musique: Eastbound and Down by Jerry Reed
32 Compte 4 Mur beginner Musique: High Tech Redneck by George Jones
48 Compte 4 Mur Low Intermediate Musique: Big Bang Boogie by Scooter Lee. CD: Big Bang Boogie (168bpm)
32 Compte 2 Mur Intermediate level Musique: Big Blonde & Beautiful by Queen Latifah (CD: Hairspray Soundtrack to the Motion Picture (07))
64 Compte 4 Mur intermediate Musique: Cowboys Like A Little Rock & Roll by Chris LeDoux
48 Compte 2 Mur Intermediate Musique: If You Don't Love Me by EC Scott (CD: Masterpiece [150bpm])
32 Compte 4 Mur High Beginner Musique: Brazilian Soul by The Knocks (feat. Sufi Tucker) / CD: New York Narcotic / Length 3:17
64 Compte 4 Mur Intermediate Musique: Cabana Boy by Sara Evans. CD: Stronger (BPM: 184)
64 Compte 1 Mur intermediate Musique: Operator by The Manhattan Transfer
64 Compte 2 Mur Intermediate Tango Style Musique: "Fools" by Diane Birch [121 bpm] CD: Bible Belt
64 Compte 2 Mur Intermediate Musique: Fools by Diane Birch (CD: Bible Belt, 121bpm)
32 Compte 4 Mur Intermediate Musique: Cool N Sweet by Strict