Kelly Lynne Harris, loving mother, sister, daughter, educator and artist, passed away on October 20, 2021.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, she graduated from Bishop O’Reilly High School and received her first dance degree from the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida.
She began her career teaching dance at the Joan Harris Center for Gifted / Talented, danced and choreographed professionally with the American Dance Theater of Miami, and eventually took a touring position with a production of the Broadway musical ” 42nd Street “, performing across Europe. Kelly will eventually settle in Cologne, Germany, where she married and started her family, raising her two children. During this time, she continued to dance and teach professionally, notably at the Constantine Musikschule in Germany.
Kelly returned to the United States in 2007 and continued her education, earning a summa cum laude degree from Boston University and an MA from Kent State University. During this time, she remained active as a dance educator and performer, publishing articles in the National Dance Magazine and International Journal and writing her book, “Dance Education for Developing Creative Potential”. Kelly was a modern dance and ballet teacher at Atlantic County Community College. Additionally, she taught at the Cygnus Creative Arts Center, where she also served as Director of Promotions and Communications, collaborating with community outreach programs to make dance instruction accessible to disadvantaged youth and adults with disabilities. special needs.
Kelly has focused on early childhood education in recent years, teaching at a Montessori school in Deptford, New Jersey. Kelly was a member of the board of directors of the National Association for Gifted Children and the United Nations International Dance Council. She was invited to present and chair a session at the 44th World Congress on Dance Research in Athens, Greece.
Kelly was an incredibly kind, strong, caring and deeply compassionate woman. She has always acted on behalf of those in need and throughout her professional and personal life has worked tirelessly to create a better and gentler world. Kelly was also known for her great sense of humor, even in difficult times. Kelly’s greatest loves in life were her children and her dogs. Her favorite hobbies included cooking and taekwondo, in which she held a black belt.
Kelly was predeceased by her parents Joan Quigley-Harris and Lynn Harris.
Her two children, Sunny Harris and Jarod Wille, siblings Joseph Melchiona, Joan Futscher, Kenton Harris, Jim Harris, Sean Harris, Shane Harris and Jason Harris; nieces, nephews, other family members and friends will be dearly missed.
The celebration of Kelly’s life begins on Monday, November 1, 2021 with visits from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at McLaughlin’s, 142 South Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, and continues on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 with a funeral mass at 9: 30h in the Church of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception.
Donations to UNICEF or Meals on Wheels will honor Kelly’s memory.
Share your memories and condolences with Kelly’s family at www.mjmclaughlin.com.
Posted by Times Leader October 30-31, 2021.