Dance School Founder Miss
Barbara Honored on Senate Floor for Her 50 Years of Service
ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy spoke on the floor of the New York State Senate recently to honor Miss Barbara D. Glover as she celebrates 50 years of running Miss Barbara’s School of Dance. Glover, known to many simply as Miss Barbara, was joined by her brother Alan and her sister-in-law Thea as the New York State Senate unanimously passed J.5352, a resolution honoring Miss Barbara’s School of Dance for its 50 years of service to Western New York. Born in Buffalo, Miss Barbara has taught, staged, choreographed, directed, and produced shows for numerous civic, church and community organizations. Through her dance, she has positively impacted the lives of countless young people who have used her instructions in the art of dance, charm, grace, and patience as a basis for their own personal achievement.
“When I signed up last year to participate in the Dancing With The Stars contest held by Zion Missionary Baptist Church, I had my work cut out for me,” said Senator Kennedy. “Miss Barbara somehow put the swing in my shoes, and got me up on the stage – she is the reason I made it through the night, and I couldn’t have asked for a better or more patient teacher. After fifty years of instruction, Miss Barbara has made a real impact on countless lives here in Buffalo, and our city owes her a real debt of gratitude. Whether it’s through the Miss Young, Gifted and Black Pageant Program, which she created, her church- the Lutheran Church of Our Savior, or as an active member of organizations like the NAACP, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and the National Association of Dance and Affiliated artists, Miss Barbara does it all.”
Established in 1966, Miss Barbara’s School of Dance began operating out of the Humboldt Branch YMCA, moving to several location throughout the local community, before ultimately settling at its current location on Main Street in 2009. Over the years, Miss Barbara has offered dance training for children and adults, welcoming students of all ethnic backgrounds. She offers classes in tap, jazz, African, gymnastics, and hip hop. In 2002, her school was selected to perform for Magic Music Days at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
As a sign of her success, Miss Barbara’s School of Dance continues to serve, educate, train and strengthen the character of its students, igniting each dancer’s potential one step at a time, and giving them opportunities to grow and develop.