The Joan Harris Centre will present its 36th annual Spring Ballet at the Dallas Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday April 28th.  This year the studio will be producing the fairy-tale ballet, La Chat Boote or better known as Puss in Boots.  Show times are 1:00 and 5:00 PM on Saturday and 2:00 PM on Sunday. This is an adorable ballet, at once both fun and elegant.  The ballet follows closely the charming fairytale by Charles Perrault with a musical score by Tchaikovsky.   Beautiful scenery, wonderful music and engaging characters, (A wily cat and an oafish Ogre), makes this an extremely entertaining event.  Children Friendly!   Tickets are only $15 in advance and $18 at the door.


The Joan Harris Dancers have once again been asked to perform at the Fine Arts Fiesta on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre.  The four day even attacks 10s of thousands of visitors annually.  We are schedule to perform a one-hour long show on Saturday, April 18th at 1:00 PM.  The show will include excerpts from the Spring Ballet, Puss in Boots as well as a preview of some of the numbers that will be part of our upcoming recitals at the F. M. Kirby Centre.  Great art, great food, great entertainment.  This is truly a family friendly event.  Don’t miss it


The Joan Harris Centre will be staging its 37th consecutive June Recital on Saturday June 15th at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Public Square Wilkes-Barre.  Curtain times are 1:00 and 6:00 PM.  Fast pace and fun, the productions feature over 400 dancers performing a eclectic mix of Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary and Hip Hop dances.  The theme of this year’s production is a salute the music from the height of AM Radio.  You are sure to hear some great songs from the past.  This is biggest and most elaborate event of the year for our school.  The culmination of a season of training.  Tickets will go on sale at noon on Tuesday, May 28th!


The F.M. Kirby Center is also proud to once again partner with the Harris Conservatory for the Arts to offer the Tenth Annual Kirby Kidz Summer Theater Workshop. The Kirby Kidz program is an eight-week long theatrical workshop open to both the experienced and novice actors ages five through eighteen years of age.  Kirby Kidz is a product of the F.M. Kirby Center’s and the Harris Conservatory for the Arts outreach programs respectively. It is designed to offer that “Kirby Experience” to all aspiring school-age actors, singers and dancers. The two regional arts organizations have developed this actor’s clinic to offer a professional theater experience to children across Northeast Pennsylvania.  The program features over 60 hours of instruction in character acting, method acting, auditioning, sight reading, stage direction, voice, theater movement, costuming, make up, dance and the technical aspects of staging a performance. The readers of NEPA Family magazine have voted Kirby Kidz the “Family Favorite” for children’s theater programs several times over.

This year the program will be producing two musicals. Children ages 5 through 10 will be staging the fun and humorous Seusical KIDS. Horton the Elephant, Cat in the Hat and all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life in fantastical musical extravaganza featuring great songs like: Oh the Things You Can Think, Horton Hears a Who and Green Eggs and Ham. Children 10 and up will be perform in Mary Poppins JR. Your favorite practically perfect nanny takes centre stage in this Supercalifragilististcepialidocious adventure based on the award-wining Broadway musical and classic Walt Disney film. The musical score includes: Chim Chim Cher-ee, A Spoonful of Sugar and of course Supercalifragilististcepialidocious.

Each participant in the workshop will have their name appear in lights on the Kirby Center’s marquee the night of each performance. If registered by May 30th, the cost for the eight-week seminar is only $350. After May 30th, registration costs $375. Classes are held at the Harris Conservatory for the Arts, 545 Charles Street in Luzerne, PA. The week of the show, the cast will rehearse at the F.M. Kirby Center. For more information call the Harris Conservatory for the Arts at 570-718-0673 or visit the Kirby Center’s website at or the conservatory’s website at

The summer program begins Monday, June 17th.


Summer Dance Session:  This 8-week long course includes classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop.  The session concludes with two shows at Knoebels Amusement Resort.  Fun and thrilling is great for our dancers to keep up their skills through the Summer and is also wonderful for new students to join and see what our classes are all about.  The Session begins Monday, June 24th.