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Miss Barbara’s School of Dance is the longest running African American owned and operated dance school in the city of Buffalo’s history. Barbara D . Glover, owner and director, is a living institution who’s name is synonymous with ‘dance’ and ‘excellence’.

Miss Barbara started the dance school in 1996 in what was then the Humboldt Branch YMCA at 347 East Ferry Street. As enrollment increased, more space was required and at the request of the pastor, the school operated in the parish hall of The Lutheran Church of Our Savior at 26 Brunswick Blvd. In 1971, the school moved into its first commercial building at 1234 Genesee Street where it remained until the facility could no longer accommodate the growth of the school. In 1980, the school relocated to 923 Kensington Avenue and remained until the building was sold. In 1987, Miss Barbara’s School of Dance moved into the beautiful Benton Bridal building at 3092 Bailey Avenue and remained there until the building was demolished to make way for a parking lot.

While the school awaited completion of its new facility it was temporarily housed in Turner Carrol High School on Lang Avenue.

In September, 1992 the school moved into its new facility at 2637 Main Street which was once Wangler Hardware where it remained for 16 years. In 2008, the deterioration of the building forced the school to seek a new location. The school was temporarily housed in the gymnasium of Lincoln Memorial church, 641 Masten Avenue while renovations to the facility at 1832 Main Street (Delavan Station Plaza) were complete in January 2009

Miss Barbara’s School of Dance continues to serve, educate, train and strengthen the character of its students. The school ignites dancers’ potential one step at a time and gives them opportunities to grow and develop. Many have gone on to become successful citizens using the lessons they have learned at Miss Barbara’s School of Dance.

Miss Barbara’s School of Dance is the recipient of numerous community service awards, cultural enrichment awards, citations, felicitations, and proclamations.

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