Celebrating a Local Dance Legend

By Amy Jeanroy

Above Barbara Lara receiving a plaque. Also pictured David Burns and Marianne Moore. (Photo by Amy Jeanroy).

It was standing room only this Saturday, as scores of people showed up at the Calais High School to celebrate the 50 year history of local legend, Barbara Lara. The event, organized by former student and assistant to Lara, Felice Storey, was a fun filled afternoon of entertainment and  memories.  From a impromptu recital to a feast of goodies, Lara was treated to stories, laughter and many heartfelt thanks for the years she has dedicated to teaching dance. 

Her students presented her with a plaque thanking her for 50 years of "devoted service and dedication to the community." 

Mayor Marianne Moore presented Lara with a certificate thanking her for "sharing her gift of dance with the young and young of heart in Calais."

Finally, Senator David Burns presented Lara with a certificate from the State of Maine thanking Lara for "her contributions to the community and wishing continued success in teaching dance."

Lara was also presented with  her own iPod, which was purchased with donations from her students and their families. Lara uses an iPod to play the music in the studio.

Known for her warm, caring personality, Lara also had a professional photographer who took photos of anyone who wanted to have a photo of themselves with Lara. The line went around the room as dancers of all ages waited for the opportunity to sit for a picture with this special lady. 

It was a wonderful chance for the people whose lives had been touched by Barbara Lara, to honor how special she is and how much she has affected their lives.