In Memory of Dr. Carol Welton Kelly

December 31st, 2006

Dr. Carol Welton Kelly – (1944 – 2002)

Shy and reserved as a child, Dr. Carol Welton Kelly’s Mother quickly found that dance brought her child out of her shell. Carol blossomed on the dance floor and her parents provided every opportunity for their daughter to pursue her passion.

As founding director of the dance program at Cedar Crest College, she pioneered the study of human movement potential; from mastering physical technique to scholarly research and the practical application of dance and is honored annually by the awarding of the Carol Welton Kelly Prize in loving memory of her contributions to the field of dance.

Prior to being diagnosed with cancer, she struggled with a lesser known, yet widespread disease called Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disorder that disproportionately affects African-American women. She always believed that steroid treatments for her Lupus were, in part, to blame for the development of her cancer.

Carol spent her life studying, teaching, performing, and embracing the power of movement. She lived to dance… but lost her battle with breast cancer March 3rd, 2002.

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